Fed Leaves Investors in the Dark as Signals and Monetary Actions Diverge

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  • The Fed raised interest rates by 0.25%, as expected
  • Fed Chair Powell expressed uncertainty about achieving the 2% inflation target by 2025
  • Meanwhile, markets fluctuated and closed with uncertainty yesterday

The Fed meeting held yesterday came to the highly-anticipated conclusion of a 0.25% hike, surprising a total of zero investors. Moreover, Chairman Powell's remarks during the meeting echoed what we've heard in previous rate-raising meetings:

  • Inflation remains below the 2% target, but the Fed will closely monitor the situation.
  • They will assess each meeting before making further decisions on rate adjustments.
  • The impact of previous rate hikes on the economy is still being observed.
  • The robust labor market allows them to consider implementing more restrictive measures.

The only notable difference was Powell expressing uncertainty about achieving the 2% inflation target by 2025, and he reiterated that there wouldn't be any rate cuts this year.

The meeting had a positive outcome in the form of the Fed being confident that there will be no recession-related issues in 2023. However, they purposefully maintain a vague stance to avoid sending misleading signals to the market, which could potentially drive prices even higher.

Inflation remains the central concern for the Fed, particularly after their earlier claim of it being transitory in 2020-2021, which proved to be a significant mistake they are determined not to repeat. They prefer a more cautious approach for the next six months rather than a lenient one.

Following the meeting, the markets experienced fluctuations and closed with uncertainty, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by 0.23%, the S&P 500 down by 0.02%, and the NASDAQ Composite down by 0.12%.

The big picture, though, is that the market doesn't appear to believe that the Fed will keep raising for much longer, despite of Powell tries to signal. It seems that actions speak louder than words in the monetary policy world, too.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 20, after the summer break, and as of today, there's a 78% probability (subject to change) for a pause in rate hikes, according to our Fed Rate Monitor . Fed Rate Monitor

This morning, it was the ECB's turn, which, once again, came to a very similar 25 basis points hike in interest rates, along with plenty of vague and abstract indications for future meetings.

For those who make decisions based on short-term market movements, these times can be challenging. However, for medium- to long-term investors, this summer is just like any other, with a sense of normalcy prevailing.Summer Sale Is Live!

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