Stocks continue month’s downward spiral! Wall Street lost gains and closed with a decline of -1.6%. However, the Fed was not responsible for the slump. FOMC hiked 25 bps as expected2023 median dots remain unchanged at 5.125%.
“The Committee anticipates that some additional policy Firming might be appropriate,” rather than “ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate.”- suggesting less than a 50-50 risk for another quarter point move!
Even though Powell began his press conference reiterating the banking system is “Resilient and sound” and assured the Fed is prepared to use all its tools to keep it safe and sound, Yellen at the same time told lawmakers she wasn’t considering ways to provide broad guarantees Uninsured bank depositors. She assured Senator Joe Manchin that in the event the insurance is extended, it could be seen as a “Special one-time assessment” where the cost was not a burden to customers with smaller deposits.
- FX – USDIndex fell on a less hawkish view To 101.54 Treasuries rallied and implied Fed funds futures rose on the announcement. This is similar to the 101.21 on February 1, which was the weakest since Apr 2022. EUR spiked…