The first FOMC meeting of 2020 was mostly a non-event, as Chairman Powell reiterated his view that the current policy is “appropriate,” and that without any material change in the data going forward, it will likely remain unchanged.
All is quiet on the interest rate front, as the U.S. Federal Reserve indicates their monetary poliAfter a “mid-cycle adjustment” last year, expectations are for the Fed to adopt a “wait and see” strategy in 2020. What will this mean for markets? The Global Liquidity team explains.
The FOMC lowered the target rate by 0.25% on October 30th, its third rate decrease of the year. However, it appears likely that the Fed will pause and make no further rate adjustments until a “material change” in economic data dictates a change in policy.
U.S. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell cut rates in September, consistent with his policy commitment to “sustain the economic expansion.” Similarly, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi reduced the deposit rate and initiated a 20 billion euro per month stimulus package, based on concerns stemming from global trade tensions and Brexit fallout.
Against a backdrop of muted inflation pressures and escalating U.S.-China trade tensions, investors fled to government securities in August as central banks prepared for additional rate cuts to support a slowing global economy.
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