FOMC Statement

At the conclusion of this week’s FOMC meeting, policymakers released yet another statement that only a FedWatcher could love.  It is definitely an exercise in reading between the lines.  The Fed cut another $10 billion from the asset purchase program, as expected.  The statement acknowledged that unemployment is no longer elevated and inflation has stabilized.  But it is hard to see this as anything more that describing an evolution of activity that is fundamentally consistent with their existing outlook.  Continue to expect the first rate hike around the middle of next year; my expectation leans toward the second quarter over the third….

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