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Fed Keen to Move 'Expeditiously' on Hikes to Allow Reassess Later: Minutes

Economy May 25, 2022 02:31PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com -- Federal Reserve policymakers agreed that the central bank should move "expeditiously" on rate hikes to rein in inflation, but also hinted that the Fed could be well positioned for a pause later this year, the minutes of the Fed’s May 3-4 meeting showed Wednesday. 

"[P]articipants judged that it was important to move expeditiously to a more neutral monetary policy stance," the minutes showed.

The need for speed on rate hikes would provide the Fed with much needed breathing room to potentially reassess the pace of tightening, the minutes showed. 

"Many participants judged that expediting the removal of policy accommodation would leave the Committee well positioned later this year to assess the effects of policy firming and the extent to which economic developments warranted policy adjustments," according to the minutes. 

The minutes echo recent commentary from some Fed members, who have been floating the idea of a Fed rate hike pause later this year. 

“I have got a baseline view where for me I think a pause in September might make sense,” Bostic told reporters Monday following a speech to the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

The recent economic data appear in support of a less hawkish Fed. Inflation expectations have been trending lower, and tightening financial conditions are beginning to hurt demand in key areas of the economy including housing and manufacturing.  

The 10-year inflation breakeven -- a key measure of inflation expectations over the next decade – fell to 2.6% earlier this week, still above the Fed’s 2% target but down from more than 3% seen in late February 

At the conclusion of its previous meeting on May. 4, the Federal Open Market Committee raised its benchmark rate in a range of 0.75% to 1%. The move marked the biggest Fed rate hike since 2000.

In the press conference that followed the monetary policy statement, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signaled that further 50 basis point rate hikes would be needed to slow economic growth and rein in elevated inflation. 

"[T]here is a broad sense on the committee that additional 50 basis point increases should be on the table at the next couple of meetings,” Powell said at the press conference on May 4.

The Fed chief also quelled fears that the central bank was eyeing much larger rate hikes at upcoming meetings. “Seventy-five basis points is not something the committee is actively considering,” Powell said.

Treasury yields have responded in kind, giving up their recent gains, with 10-year Treasury yields retreating further from 3%.   

A further tightening in financial conditions will get underway next month as the Fed kicks off quantitative tightening -- by trimming its nearly $9 trillion balance sheet.

The Fed will start reducing its balance sheet on June 1, at a pace of $47.5 billion per month.  

Under the plan, the Fed would initially allow $30 billion in Treasury securities and $17.5 billion in agency MBS to roll off its balance sheet, with the intent of gradually stepping up the pace after three months to $60 billion and $35 billion per month, respectively.  

Fed Keen to Move 'Expeditiously' on Hikes to Allow Reassess Later: Minutes
 

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Forex Harbingers
ForexHarbingers May 26, 2022 11:38AM ET
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Well now that he got his second term, he is being honest now..........after his rhetoric destroyed many people IRA's, crypto wallets, etc.
Trường Mao Sơn
Trường Mao Sơn May 25, 2022 7:45PM ET
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Land-FX.com :)
Macke Berra
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Hike? Jerome you're in a recession already pal.
John Berry
John Berry May 25, 2022 5:33PM ET
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Powell and Bostic are both involved in the rampant fraud going on in the stock market. Sad
Meru Pet
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produce more oil. yes you can.
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you voted -1 ? why is oil high if we are in a recession?
Dave Jones
Dave Jones May 25, 2022 4:19PM ET
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they will drop them just as fast. joke. fraud. ponzi. bs. oh yeah how's the tapering of the balance sheet going? does anyone really care this is happening?
Ricardo Diogo
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fed pathetic... Ponzi...scam
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fed speak translation.... "we're going to hurry up and rush up to 2-2.5% (that's the spot where the neutral rate used to be when inflation was 2%, but well below where we actually have to go.) once we get to 2.5% we will have reached the point where the neutral rate was 3 years ago and everyone will believe we are tightening even though we are only 3 years ago neutral. if we can continue to maintain the illusion that we are tightening even though despite all of our talk and talk and doing nothing for over a year while we incorrectly and moronically believed inflation to be transitory. Raching the 3-year-old middle of the road rate of 2.5 will be extremely monumental for our interest rate even if it isn't a still technically a tight monetary position, we will have fooled everyone again and bought us some more time to pause and make up more excuses before we have to start getting closer and closer to really actually having to tighten. lol we're so far behind the curve.
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filipe moreira May 25, 2022 3:47PM ET
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all bunch of liers... It's the exact opposite.. they are going to talk taught and act soft...
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2.5% was only neutral when inflation was 2%.
 
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