Fed Continues To Dial Down Expectations

January 10, 5:00 pm EST

The coordinated response to market turmoil continues to reverse the tide of what was becoming an increasingly ugly global financial market meltdown.

Remember, we had a response from the U.S. Treasury Secretary on the days leading up to Christmas, which included call outs to the major banks and a meeting of the “President’s Working Group” on financial markets. Coincidentally, by the next Wednesday, a new item hit the agenda for the American Economic Association Annual Meeting. It was the January 4 live interview with the three most powerful central bankers in the world over the past ten years: Bernanke, Yellen and Powell. These three sat on stage together and massaged market sentiment on the path of interest rates, fortifying the market recovery that was started by the efforts of the Treasury.

Just in case we didn’t get the message, we’ve since had six Fed officials publicly dialing down expectations on the rate outlook, in response to financial markets. And we’ve had minutes from the Fed’s last meeting that clearly gave the message that the Fed could pause, sit and watch. And then today Powell was on stage again for another public interview, reiterating the Fed’s new position: on hold.

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