William De Vijlder

Group Chief Economist BNP Paribas

Tag : FOMC

The dots drive the dollar

The dots drive the dollar

The behaviour of Wall Street hasn’t exactly been exciting in recent weeks. The big move came on Wednesday 20th. It was all about the dots, the indications given by the FOMC members about the expected path for the federal funds rate.

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The first rate hike: source of relief or cause for concern?

The meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee today and tomorrow has created significantly more nervousness than is normally the case. Many consider that the time is ripe for a first hike of the Federal funds rate in this business cycle, whereas others argue that it would be better to wait a little bit longer. Views differ and that is what makes a market.

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Fed tightening nervousness

The FOMC is meeting next week on 16 and 17 September and nervousness in markets is on the rise. US FOMC is unlikely to raise rates next week. Low inflation and a rising market uncertainty give no reason to rush the normalisation.

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