Analysts at the National Bank of Australia (NAB) offer their afterthoughts on the April FOMC monetary policy decision.
“The latest FOMC meeting and press conference from Chair Powell has come and gone with no big fireworks, though Treasury yields are lower, as is the USD after Powell made clear that it was ‘not time yet’ to have a conversation about tapering its $120bn monthly QE bond-buying programme and that we ‘are not close to’ the substantial progress toward its employment and price stability goals, that has been set as a condition for contemplating doing so.”
“This is despite the FOMC upgraded its economic assessment in the formal post-meeting Statement. This says that ‘indicators of economic activity and employment have strengthened (an upgrade from ‘have turned up’ in March) and that ‘sectors most adversely impacted by the pandemic have improved’ (versus ‘remained weak’ in March).”
“The Statement also removed the adjective ‘considerable’ previously placed in front of the comment, repeated, that ‘risks to the outlook remain’. The Fed chair also continued to stress the expected transitory nature of the pick-up in inflation that currently looks to be underway.”