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Federal Reserve shows no signs of pausing rate hikes

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a post-meeting press conference of the Federal Open Market Committee in Washington, DC on February 1, 2023.

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The Federal Reserve is showing no signs of moving away from rate hikes.

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The Federal Reserve Board minutes didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know. In summary, inflation has slowed, but inflation remains worryingly above 2%. Therefore, interest rates should continue to rise. A quarter-point rate hike in February was unanimously supported, but some members wanted a more aggressive pace of rate hikes.

Investors have heard these warnings before, but the market has fallen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down his 0.26% and the S&P 500 is down his 0.16% while the Nasdaq is up his 0.13% and Palo Alto Networks is up his 12.5%. Still, the sharp drop in the market suggests that investors who were expecting a dovish tone in the minutes were disappointed.

Moreover, there are signs that the Fed is becoming increasingly aggressive in its fight against inflation. In the words of Krishna Guha, head of global policy and central bank strategy at Evercore ISI, “an effort was made in the minutes to warn of a possible return to a 50bp pace of rate hikes. It is true that there was no But remember, this meeting took place before the Fed got any information on his January labor situation, better-than-expected CPI, and recovery in retail sales.

In that case, it may be wise to listen to the latest comments from Fed officials such as Loretta Mester and James Bullard. I’m even thinking. Despite the Fed’s hawks, the signs point to a no-landing scenario that should give investors some reassurance.

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