Fed Funds rate now at 3.00%
Today's move by the Federal Reserve is no surprise. In fact, it is largely a stated continuation of its recent moves. The only surprise is a slightly higher target for the "terminal rate", which is the peak rate before they would start cutting (not that cuts would occur immediately). The median terminal rate is 4.60% sometime in mid-2023. It wouldn't surprise me to see that go slightly higher if inflation doesn't slow down further; 4.60% is only essentially 2 more increases of 75 basis points.
Jerome Powell is being extremely clear. There will be some pain; there is no easy solution to this. I believe the likelihood of a "soft landing" is much less than what I think many believe it is. Be patient, manage your risk, and focus on fundamentals. Govern yourself accordingly.
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