Fed Speakers to Signal Late 2019 Rate Hikes Still Possible

  • Monday, February 25, 2019

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The world of central banking is relatively quiet this week with only Fed and ECB officials delivering speeches and just one release scheduled from the BOJ. The BOJ survey will almost certainly reflect ongoing concern about weakness in the Japanese bond market. Meanwhile, ECB policymakers are likely to sound neutral on average with Benoit Coeure possibly veering more dovish. Fed officials, especially Chairman Powell in his Congressional testimony, will likely strike a balance between optimism fueled by ongoing domestic economic growth and concern over global headwinds. This delicate balance will likely sound slightly hawkish with late-2018 volatility behind them and late-2019 rate hikes remaining a distinct possibility.

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