Fed Does Not Taper, Keeps QE At $85 Billion

Just as everyone expected, the Fed (absent its Press Conference) statement confirms they are data-driven, data is not good 'enough', therefore, no-taper:

  • *FED SAYS IT WILL AWAIT `MORE EVIDENCE' BEFORE QE TAPER
  • *FED SAYS ECONOMY `CONTINUED TO EXPAND AT A MODERATE PACE'
  • *FED SEES IMPROVEMENT IN ECONOMY EVEN WITH `FISCAL RETRENCHMENT

There were no clear comments that markets are growing a little too comfortable with the Fed's free-money. Full Redline below...

Pre-FOMC: S&P Futs 1761, VIX 13.98%, 10Y 2.48%, Gold $1353, USD 79.46

Just before the statement hit, the market broke again! Gold started to rise, USD fell (led by EUR strength), VIX was smashed lower...

  • *NASDAQ HAS DECLARED SELF HELP AGAINST NASDAQ-BX

By way of interest, in the next 5 days, we will see an overload of Fed Speakers: Tracy, Bullard, Kocherlakota, Lacker, Powell, and Lacker again... It seems they have no need for a press conference.

 

Full Redline below: