In a speech given today, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made it clear that the Fed is prepared to raise interest rates at their upcoming meeting. Citing the need for further moderation in the labor market to bring inflation back into check, Mr Powell noted that the Fed is committed to achieving its 2% target point.
In his speech, Mr Powell said that “the economic expansion is continuing apace” and that “Overall job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months.” However, he also noted that “wages have grown moderately this year,” and that “Core inflation has been running below 2 percent for five years.” He went on to say that while the Fed believes these trends are “transitory,” they still warrant “careful monitoring.”
Implications for Investors
Investors should take note of Mr Powell’s comments as they signal an impending interest rate hike. This could have implications for both stocks and bonds. For example, interest rate hikes often cause stock prices to fall as investors seek out safer investments with higher yields. Bonds, on the other hand, tend to benefit from interest rate hikes as they become more attractive relative to other investments. As such, investors should keep a close eye on developments in the lead-up to the Fed’s next meeting.
In today’s speech, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made it clear that the Fed is prepared to raise interest rates at their upcoming meeting. This news sent shockwaves through the financial world as investors scrambled to determine what implications this could have for their portfolios. While we won’t know for sure until after the Fed’s meeting, one thing is certain: investors will be closely watching every move the Fed makes in the coming weeks.