Slow and steady may win the race, but in the case of current monetary policy, it also raises the rates. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a speech at the central bank’s annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that a gradual rate hike is to be expected.
“I see the current path of gradually raising interest rates as the (Federal Open Market Committee’s) approach to taking seriously both of these risks,” said Powell. “As the most recent FOMC statement indicates, if the strong growth in income and jobs continues, further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate will likely be appropriate.”
With a tailwind of strong economic data and a stock market that boasts the longest bull run in the S&P 500, the prevailing sentiment continues to be that the Fed would continue to raise rates. Per MarketWatch, current market odds are showing a 96% probability of a rate hike in September and 60% chance of another in December.
The announcement will most likely catch the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump who once again took jabs at Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for raising interest rates, telling political donors at a fundraiser in the Hamptons that he hopes the Fed Chair eases up on monetary policy.