Fed Warns “Soon To Be Appropriate” To Raise Rates, QE Ends In March

Since the last FOMC meeting, on December 15th, Gold is the lone asset-class that is higher while bonds and stocks have been monkey-hammered and the dollar is weaker…

Source: Bloomberg

All US equity markets are lower since the last Fed meeting with Tech/hyper-growth hammered and all the bubble-markets blowing up.

Financial Conditions have tightened significantly since the last Fed meeting (after easing dramatically into the Santa Claus rally)…

Source: Bloomberg

Rate-hike expectations have soared since the last Fed meeting too with March now fully priced-in and more than 4 hikes priced in by year-end. The last few days of market weakness prompted a dovish drop in rate-hike odds, but the last two days have seen it shift hawkishly once again…

Source: Bloomberg

And before we get to The Fed’s decision, there is also this chart to consider… President Biden’s approval rating has crashed below that of Trump’s

Source: Bloomberg

We suspect the politicians will learn that lack of jobs is way worse for being reelected than inflation… and indirectly pressure The Fed (if they haven’t already) to walk-back the QT and rate-hike trajectory plans… at least until after November maybe.

So what did The Fed say/do…

The market is pricing-in liftoff in March (followed immediately by QT) and four rate-hikes by year-end (just like The Fed’s “Dots”) – did Powell and his pals jawbone any of that hawkishly or dovishly today?

In a word: NO.

  • The Fed says it “will soon be appropriate” to raise funds rate.

  • The Fed says asset-purchases will end in March

  • And The Fed says that balance-sheet-shrinking (QT) will start after rate-hikes commence.

Arguably the Fed was ‘dovish’ because it did not bring forward the end of QE or explicitly name a time for QT.

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Of course, we know what the stock market will do… at least to start with anyway…

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