While prevailing consensus was that the Fed didn’t really say anything unexpected, or anything that wasn’t already telegraphed both in the Nov 2 statement and subsequent Fed speak, Wall Street commentators agreed that “the statement overall comes across as dovish” as BBG Economics chief Anna Wong put it, With Integrity Asset Management’s Joe Gilbert adding that “it is constructive that Fed participants were becoming increasingly aware of the lagged impact of all the rate hikes this year. Generally, this is bullish for equities and fixed income because there is now a slight change in consensus at the Fed which means that significantly more rate hikes are now less likely.”

Wong added that “there’s widespread agreement within the committee to slow the pace of rate hikes soon, with only ‘a few’ preferring to wait until the policy stance is more clearly in restrictive territory. We think Powell belongs to this latter group.


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