The Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday adopts a new monetary strategy – and for the first time before the US presidential election, that will be more tolerant of high inflation and more committed to promoting full employment.
The US economy is still reeling from the brunt of the Kovid-19 epidemic, and with less fiscal support on the horizon, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, and other officials will have to weigh what additional support they can provide for the recovery.
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Fed officials are expected to produce a Rasier set of economic projections made in June for this year.
The unemployment rate has already fallen to 8.4 percent, well below the Fed’s average estimate of unemployment of 9.3% – so the question will be how low it is expected to go until December.
Meanwhile, production is expected to fall below 6.5 percent this year, estimated by US central bankers three months earlier.
The reforms outperform the expected performance for the economy as it tackles the growth in the summer transition. But long-term projections may attract more attention, as they will be pulled by the end of 2023.
Do Fed officials expect US interest rates to remain at zero by then, especially their ultra-dovish strategy shift announced last month, which allows them to keep inflation above the 2 percent target before the policy hardens? And will their inflation forecasts show any overselling?
The Fed’s view is still that the US faces a long and challenging recovery and there are huge risks on the horizon. The path of coronovirus during autumn and winter, as it differentiates with seasonal flu, is unclear; New fiscal support for the economy is high; And if it produces uncertain results, then the US election may be unstable.
Sounding fiscal alarm
Mr. Powell – and other Fed officials – have clarified that they would like Congress and the White House to agree on a new relief package to sustain the rebound. But after being ignored so far by the Trump administration and lawgivers on Capitol Hill, how hard will the Fed president defeat him for his failure to act?
The Fed is concerned that the lack of a fiscal agreement will threaten recovery and make its task difficult. The US central bank does not want to be left alone in promoting recovery.
The Fed has also acknowledged that it lacks the tools to solve all the problems in the economy, as it can only lend money, but does not spend it to help businesses or households. And the Fed is acutely aware that its policies have done little to protect the financial markets from crisis, but cannot easily benefit low-income families and the unemployed.
New guidance for a new era
After the Fed made its historic announcement last month that it would tolerate high inflation, investors wondered how such a policy would work in practice. Fed officials have lent their support to the new monetary framework since past and present, but there are some nuances about what action to take, and when.
A potential tool that has attracted the attention of both market participants and FOMC members is a more explicit form of further guidance. This would include the interest rate adjustment of the Fed tying to specific economic metrics such as the unemployment rate or inflation.
There is a phrase in the FOMC statement to see if the central bank changes its commitment to maintain rates close to zero “until it is believed the economy has strengthened some recent events”.
Another is that the Fed will maintain its pledge to assess economic conditions relative to its “maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 percent inflation objective”. Some economists have suggested to the Fed that “over time” to include an objective reference to an average 2 percent inflation – may reflect its policy framework.
Investors arguing for new guidance this week say the Fed risks lowering its credibility if it does not act quickly to bolster its monetary shift.
A step on bond buying
This month Fed Governor Lyle Brainard said it would be important “to move monetary policy from stabilization to housing” as the economic recovery fits and starts.
Investors expect Ethos to eventually apply to the US central bank’s bond-buying program, which currently includes raising it to $ 80bn of treasury securities of all maturities each month. The Fed has mandated these purchases to ensure the smooth functioning of the financial markets – a point that has remained consistent since March when trading conditions in the world’s largest government debt market seized is.
The Fed’s front question includes the term of the loan it buys. As the federal government has borrowed more, the Treasury has shifted the bulk of its issuance from bills maturing into loans of one year or less. Many strategists are now calling for this same step in the Fed’s purchase to ensure that financial conditions remain lax.
Finding room for main street
The Fed has generally earned the plaudits at the onset of the epidemic to roll out a series of emergency lending facilities that stabilize and affect financial markets.
But there is an exception. The Main Street Lending Program – founded to help midsized businesses – has attracted some customers. Critics believe its lending conditions are too strict. Struggling areas such as commercial real estate have been abandoned.
Mr. Powell can address whether he is ready to make the program more attractive, which includes taking more credit risk with the Treasury.
“We do not think the Fed will meet all the demands of industry and lawmakers, but we expect that it will continue to look for ways to broaden and flexibilize Main Street to support more companies in the coming weeks.” ” , A policy analyst at Capital Alpha in a recent note.
If the Main Street facility is seen as a flop, Congress could divert funds allocated to it for other purposes – a possibility Mr. Powell may want to close.