FOMC Meeting outcome: Will the average maturity of ongoing bond purchases be extended?

18 December 2020

Please find below what we expect from the upcoming December 16 FOMC Meeting:

FOMC Meeting outcome: Will the average maturity of ongoing bond purchases be extended?
  • We expect the average maturity of ongoing bond purchases to be extended even if several regional bank presidents have recently called into question the need to take any further action to support the economy. This is a close call
  • We do not expect the FOMC to link the end of the asset purchases to any kind of event or timing. We note that some participants would like to indicate that Quantitative Easing is not here forever, but we think they will wait for more clarity on the fiscal and virus front before doing so.
  • We expect the SEP (Summary of Economic Projections) to indicate better growth and employment numbers in 2020 and 2021. We doubt the updated numbers will indicate meaningfully higher inflation figures.
  • We expect the “dot plot” to show that a few more participants could anticipate a hike before the end of 2023 but that the median participant will continue to expect no hike throughout the next three years.

Overall, we expect long term rates marginally lower and no change on the front part of curve. 


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