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Fed Hikes by Three-Quarters of a Point, No Surprises

In a repeat play of the July meeting, the Fed hiked rates by 75 basis points and implies more hikes are coming until inflation is under control.
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Monetary Policy Fed No Surprises

Ticking All the Boxes

  • 75 Basis Point hike to 3.00 to 3.25% - Expected
  • Fed anticipates more hikes - Expected
  • Quantitative Tightening (QT) of treasuries and mortgages continues - Expected
  • Strong commitment to a 2 percent inflation objective - Expected
  • Statement on monitoring conditions - Expected
  • Fed mentioned robust jobs and the war in Ukraine - Expected

This was a short and boring press release. There were no dissents.

Here is the key snip from the FOMC Press Release

Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production. Job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher food and energy prices, and broader price pressures.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The war and related events are creating additional upward pressure on inflation and are weighing on global economic activity. The Committee is highly attentive to inflation risks.

The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3 to 3-1/4 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in the Plans for Reducing the Size of the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet that were issued in May. The Committee is strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective.  

In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee’s goals. The Committee’s assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health, labor market conditions,  inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments

Autopilot Hikes 

The Fed Perpetually Chases Its Tail

Rate hikes operate with a lag, so multiple things will break at once. 

Others disagree but I think it's a given the Fed makes a rare mistake tightening too much. 

The Fed will once again chase its tail, this time from the opposite end, tightening too much, too fast.

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This post originated at MishTalk.Com

Note: This was so predictable I wrote the entire post in advance. All I added was the actual verbiage from the press release and even that barely changed from July.

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