FED holds rates, goes dovish
FED leaving rates and tightening their policy means one thing: trouble. And mostly its originated from the global slowdown and still low inflation and upcoming headwinds. As the world moves into the NIRP era, U.S. remains now in a standoff with the rest of the world on the matter of rate changes. FED ticked the rate up, the rest of the world ticks down. UK still holding their rates steady too as wages and labor markets are holding steady and talks of moving rates up are still on the table, but low inflation suppresses those hopes and dreams of BOE. And still we have to wait until 23d June for the outcome of the Referendum.
Rate news came first - flat at 0.50% first sending the dollar to the abyss and EUR/USD made 117 pips on the news.The short story highlights:
- Fed leaves rates in a band between 0.25% and 0.50%
- Global economic developments continue to pose risks
- Median in dot plan implies two 2016 rate hikes vs four prior
- Economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace
- Household spending has been increasing at a moderate rate
- Business fixed investment and net exports have been soft
- Inflation to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import price dissipate
- George dissented in favor of a hike
- Statement doesn't include balance of risks for second month
- Market-based measures of inflation remain low vs "declined further" prior
All dovish sentiment and seems FED is on the defensive as business softs and inflation is still subdued by the low prices and risks from the global economy are still high. Full text from the FOMC statement here.
Though even with the risky environment FED still sees two rate hikes for this year, going from four as planed previously.
FED als cuts their 2016 GDP forecast as highlighted:
- 2016 2.2% vs 2.4% prior
- 2017 GDP 2.1% vs 2.2%
- 2018 2.0% unchanged
- 2016 4.7% unchanged
- 2017 4.7% vs 4.7% prior
- 2018 4.5% vs 4.7% prior
Core CPI (Inflation):
- 2016 1.6% unchanged
- 2017 1.8% vs 1.9% prior
- 2018 2.0% uchanged
March 2016 dot plan
December 2015 dot plan
Overall Dollar was pounded yesterday, euro climbed 185 pips from its low at 1.10573, went highs as 1.12418 and closed at 1.12118 right on the upper resistance. Way for 1.13765 seems to be clear and as dollar weakness continues to follow, euro will probably reach it pretty fast. AUD/USD climbed 164 pips from its low, NZD/USD made 205 pips, and everything against the dollar gained gains between 150 and 200 pips. S&P500 liked the dollar weakness and Dovish FED and climbed 24$ extending more the rally started from 12.02.2016. Gold gained 37$, Oil found support too with 1.78$ gain. USD/JPY and USD/CAD dropped with 142 and almost 300 pips respectively. Dollar weakness will continue for some time now until more event reveal the fate of the world economy which markets will have to price-in.