The Federal Reserve’s latest meeting fell last week on May 1-2. As expected, no changes in key rates were announced following the conference. Every other Fed meeting has a press conference afterwards, and the central bank has fallen into a pattern where policy changes are only announced at the meetings with press conferences. While in theory “no-press conference meetings” can see a policy change, this has not happened yet. My hope is that every meeting at some point will include an exchange with the press. Nevertheless, every meeting sees a formal statement from the Fed and there is a cottage industry of Fed watchers who parse every single word in the statement. While no change in rates was as widely anticipated, Markets had been expecting a more hawkish posture from the central bank this week. Afterwards, most focused on one word in the statement, “symmetric”, which was referring to the inflation target. The word was key because in the latest month the preferred Fed inflation measure, Core Personal Consumption Deflator...MORE
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