HomeEconomyFed likely to increase interest rates by 75 basis points tomorrow
By Economy Middle East
SHARE
June 14, 2022 12:45 pm

Fed likely to increase interest rates by 75 basis points tomorrow

If approved, increase will be the largest since 1994
FOMC previous meeting

Markets are beginning to anticipate a faster rate hike, and it appears that Fed officials are considering that possibility as well.

US central bank policy makers embrace the idea of ​​a 75 basis point increase in the benchmark federal funds rate that banks charge each other for overnight financing.

Changes in the economic outlook, including the possibility that inflation has not peaked and is well ahead of the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target, could influence a larger price action during the meeting that begins Tuesday and ends tomorrow Wednesday.

One analyst told CNBC that a move of 75 basis points is a “real and clear possibility.”

Goldman Sachs said it is changing its forecast for a 50 basis point move to 75. Wall Street economists also expect successive rate hikes of 75 basis points in June and July, followed by a 50 basis point move in September and 25 basis points in November and December, bringing the federal funds rate to a range of 3.25 -3.5 percent by the end of the year.

And yesterday evening, expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday jumped to 96 percent from 30 percent earlier in the day. The rate hike of 75 points would be the largest since 1994.

The primary reason for this shift and tightening in the Fed’s monetary policy are higher inflation numbers released last Friday and the additional increase in the Michigan Consumer Survey’s measures of long-term inflation expectations.

The Dollar

 

Ahead of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Committee meeting, the US dollar jumped to a two-decade high against a basket of currencies, supported by fears of a global economic slowdown and bets for sharp increases in interest rates.