Jun 21, 2018 8:40 AM | Daily Market News
LGT Navigator: Fed Powell sees good reasons for further tightening
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said yesterday at an ECB conference that in view of low unemployment, an inflation rate close to the Fed's target and a roughly balanced economic outlook, he sees strong arguments in favor of a further gradual increase in key rates. At the same time, however, Powell also pointed to the high level of uncertainty in the current environment, such as the trade conflict. The Fed is forecasting two more rate hikes in 2018 after raising its key interest rate last week for the second time this year and for the seventh time since the turnaround in rates initiated
at the end of 2015.
The ECB's cautious bias toward an interest rate turnaround, despite the announcement to end its billion-dollar bond purchase program probably at the end of this year, weakened the euro significantly. The ECB maintained its key interest rate at a record low and remained extremely cautious in its communication. At the same time, the Bank of Japan also left its key interest rates unchanged and even lowered its inflation expectations.