Published Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:54:06 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
While the Federal Reserve is widely expected to hike interest rates at its upcoming monetary policy meeting, a host of event risks could impact the direction of further rate decisions.
Investors have long anticipated the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) will raise U.S. interest rates by an additional 25bps at the conclusion Wednesday to its two-day monetary policy meeting.
The action would mark the eighth time the Fed lifted rates since it committed to a zero-bound interest rate policy about a decade ago - soon after the titanic failure of Lehman Brothers shook the global financial system.
Indeed, since the end of 2016, the FOMC has been on a path towards gradually normalizing monetary policy, amid a general upswing in the economy, underscored by what the Fed has highlighted as "strong" job gains as well as strengthened growth in household spending and business fixed investment.
At its previous meeting in early August, the FOMC kept the target range for the fed funds rate at 1.75-2%, however, the market generally expects another rate hike at its meeting in December, followed by additional hikes at least through the first half of next year. The expectations have been supported by rosy economic data, including a healthy labor market, with wage growth in August having risen for the first time in about eight months.
Jefferies chief financial economist Ward McCarthy recently noted he thinks the FOMC will raise the longer run fed funds... Read more
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