Press comment: Federal Reserve has a goldilocks situation as rates are held
If you are covering the news that the Federal Reserve has decided to hold interest rates, please find below commentary from Hinesh Patel, portfolio manager at Quilter Investors:
“While it has been no surprise to see the Federal Reserve hold interest rates steady as they await data to force their hand, watching them going forward into 2020 will be interesting. In our view the Fed should and is likely to ease further next year, but ultimately anything can change in what will be a turbulent election year in the US.
“Today, the Fed has a goldilocks situation – growth, inflation and monetary conditions are neither too hot, nor too cold. Uncertainty around Donald Trump announcing another round of tariff hikes further boxed the Fed into a holding pattern. They will remain in a wait and see mode, and ignore the outside noise telling them how to move rates.
“Rosier housing and labour market data provide the Fed with relief in the short-term but industrial and agricultural sectors remain under pressure and these will need to be monitored closely should the American economy wish to continue ploughing on during a backdrop of global uncertainty.”
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