FOMC meeting expected less eventful, Powell to reject negative rates
With several communiques per week, the Fed has been exceptionally active in terms of communication since the last FOMC meeting held on March 15. Its primary preoccupation has been to ensure the continuous flow of credit into the real economy and that financial markets operate normally.
Its primary preoccupation has been to ensure the continuous flow of credit into the real economy and that financial markets operate normally. In a nutshell, the Fed is buying more aggressively than ever, diversifying the composition of purchases and lending dollars in the US and to foreign central banks; all of these measures are undertaken in a virtually unlimited manner.
Since the Fed has acted between meetings in such a bold way, we expect it to take a step back at this formal FOMC meeting which we expect will be less eventful.
However, they could tweak the FOMC statement:
- Forward guidance could be strengthened: the Fed could easily commit to not raising rates until a defined date such as 2021-year end. In the coming quarters, we expect the Fed to embrace Yield Curve Control just as Japan and Australia have done. However, stronger forward guidance would be the logical next step, before opting for Yield Curve Control.
- It will probably comment on the Libor-OIS spread, which has started to tighten from very stressed level thanks to its measures. It could announce some extra measures to help money markets, or at least commit to pumping in more liquidity if the spread does not tighten fast enough.
In the Q&A, Mr. Powell will likely continue to reject the prospect of negative rates. We must admit that according to our experience in Europe, the impact of negative rates on the banking sector has been far from positive!
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