DB's Jim Reid shares his perspective on yesterday's Fed announcement:
There is also an element of torture to the FOMC cycle in recent years. The pattern for the Fed is that you slowly talk up the prospects of an imminent hike, you then get closer to it, build it up even more and then just before you pull the trigger something invariably happens in this broken global financial system to force you to pull back and start from scratch. Last night's statement from the Fed hinted that they are starting this process again though. As we expected it was slightly more hawkish (i.e. leaving the door ajar for September) but it's clear that there's a way to go yet before they feel they can safely pull the trigger.
The big takeaway from the statement was the observation that ‘near term risks to the economic outlook have diminished’. Much of that will likely reflect much calmer markets post Brexit and also the bounce back in employment data since that weak May payrolls print. On that the statement showed that committee members viewed recent job gains as being ‘strong’ and also that labour utilization has shown ‘some increase’. Also noted was the observation that household spending has ‘been growing strongly’. On the inflation side of things, there wasn’t really much of a change in view with the statement revealing that ‘market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low’ and that ‘most survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance in recent months’.
Unsurprisingly there was no guidance as to when the Fed might next hike and market probabilities based on futures pricing were actually fairly little moved. The odds of a September hike are hovering around 26% this morning, while December is at 45%. That compares to 28% and 49% prior to the statement. The biggest reaction in markets has probably come in FX where interestingly the US Dollar is down -0.75% or so relative to just prior to the statement release. Treasury yields also dipped lower although were given a helping hand by the soft durable goods orders data earlier in the day.
Today the risk weakness in US risk assets, unexpectedly, continues - if only as of this moment - which is at odds with what has been since reclassified as a modestly dovish statement.