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    Fed's Waller: No rush to cut rates amid sticky inflation data

    Source Fxstreet
    Mar 27, 2024 22:30

    Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said on Wednesday that recent weak inflation data supports the case for Fed holding off on cutting its short-term interest rate target, per Reuters.

    Key quotes

    "There is no rush to cut the policy rate.” 

    “Fed may need to maintain current rate target for longer than expected.”

    “Needs to see more inflation progress before supporting rate cut.”“Needs at least a couple of months of data to be sure inflation heading to 2%.”

    “Still expects Fed to cut rates later this year.”

    “Economy’s strength gives Fed space to take stock of data.”

    “Data suggests fewer rate cuts possible this year.”

    “Economy is growing at a healthy pace.”

    “Despite progress on inflation, recent data has been disappointing.”

    “Data has showed mixed messages on jobs front.”

    “Fed has made a lot of progress lowering inflation.”

    “Wage pressures have been easing.”

    “Unsure productivity will keep at current strong pace.”

    Market reaction 

    The US Dollar Index attracts some buyers following the above hawkish comments. The DXY is trading 0.11% higher on the day at 104.40, as of writing.

     

    Fed FAQs

    Monetary policy in the US is shaped by the Federal Reserve (Fed). The Fed has two mandates: to achieve price stability and foster full employment. Its primary tool to achieve these goals is by adjusting interest rates. When prices are rising too quickly and inflation is above the Fed’s 2% target, it raises interest rates, increasing borrowing costs throughout the economy. This results in a stronger US Dollar (USD) as it makes the US a more attractive place for international investors to park their money. When inflation falls below 2% or the Unemployment Rate is too high, the Fed may lower interest rates to encourage borrowing, which weighs on the Greenback.

    The Federal Reserve (Fed) holds eight policy meetings a year, where the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) assesses economic conditions and makes monetary policy decisions. The FOMC is attended by twelve Fed officials – the seven members of the Board of Governors, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and four of the remaining eleven regional Reserve Bank presidents, who serve one-year terms on a rotating basis.

    In extreme situations, the Federal Reserve may resort to a policy named Quantitative Easing (QE). QE is the process by which the Fed substantially increases the flow of credit in a stuck financial system. It is a non-standard policy measure used during crises or when inflation is extremely low. It was the Fed’s weapon of choice during the Great Financial Crisis in 2008. It involves the Fed printing more Dollars and using them to buy high grade bonds from financial institutions. QE usually weakens the US Dollar.

    Quantitative tightening (QT) is the reverse process of QE, whereby the Federal Reserve stops buying bonds from financial institutions and does not reinvest the principal from the bonds it holds maturing, to purchase new bonds. It is usually positive for the value of the US Dollar.

     

    Disclaimer: For information purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
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