The Fed Chair’s more dovish tone comes as his colleagues have been signaling to various news outlets that a December rate hike is not as certain as the capital markets may think. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this month, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker was outright convinced that a December rate hike is not the most optimal move given the latest rumblings in the markets.
“At this point, I’m not convinced a December rate move is the right move, but I need to watch the data over the next few weeks before determining whether it is prudent to boost the cost of borrowing again,” said Harker.
While some analysts view the market reaction as excessive, others share the general sentiment exhibited in Wednesday’s rally. CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer said Powell’s latest comments presented a less hawkish stance from his previous view and that he’s now pumping the brakes on an aggressive rate-hiking policy.
Powell sees the global slowdown and knows that it could hurt us. Powell is concerned and knows when he does one he has to wait– very big change in view.
— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) November 28, 2018
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