The Fed met today and confirmed the signaling we’ve seen since early January.
With the luxury of solid growth, low unemployment and subdued inflation, they have been signaling to markets, since January, that they will do nothing to rock the boat. That move has restored confidence and stock prices (a reinforcing loop).
So, the Fed has gone from mechanically raising rates (as recently as December) to sitting on their hands. And today they are forecasting no further rate hikes this year, and they are ending the unwind of their balance sheet in September (ending quantitative tightening).
This all looks like a move to neutral, but given the rate path they had been telegraphing up until the end of last year, this pivot is effectively easing — especially since these moves look like pre-emptive strikes against the potential of Brexit and U.S./China trade negotiations going bad.
With that, we have a big technical break in the bond market today. The U.S. 10-year government bond yield (chart below) broke this important trendline today.