×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Tags: federal reserve omc | interest rates | investment banks

Banks Scramble to Change Fed Rate Calls After Hawkish Shift

NYSE
New York Stock Exchange (Getty Images)

Thursday, 27 January 2022 07:38 AM EST

Strategists at the world's top investment banks scrambled to change their Federal Reserve rate calls on Thursday after policymakers emphasized at a policy meeting that it would continue to tighten policy to clamp down on inflation.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it was likely to hike interest rates in March and reaffirmed plans to end its bond purchases that month, surprising investors who had already braced for as many as four rate hikes until the end of the year.

Five or Six Hikes, 25 or 50 BPS?

Deutsche Bank strategists now expect policymakers to raise interest rates at each meeting from March to June and then revert to a quarterly tightening cycle from September totaling five rate hikes this year.

Analysts at Nomura, Japan's biggest brokerage and investment bank, said they expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike its benchmark rate by 50 basis points (bps) in March.

BNP Paribas expects as much as six 25 bps hikes in 2022 from four earlier, and expects the fed funds target range at 2.25-2.50% at end-2023, 25 bps higher than a previous forecast.

"Our new base case for six hikes this year poses challenges to our bullish outlook for US equities," the French bank's strategists said in a note.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell did not rule out such a move when asked about it after Wednesday's Fed meeting.

"He repeatedly appeared to differentiate the upcoming hiking cycle from the last time the Fed normalized its policy rate at a roughly quarterly pace," Nomura's analysts said in a note.

"We now expect a 50 bp rate hike at the March [Fed] meeting, followed by three consecutive 25 bp hikes in May, June and July," they said, adding that another 25 bp hike was expected in December.

Fed Funds Futures: 5 Hikes, 25 BPS

Fed funds futures, which track short-term rate expectations, are now pricing nearly five rate increases of 25 bps each this year, up from four expected hikes before Powell's news conference.

Some major investment banks like Goldman Sachs and HSBC are sticking with their rate forecasts of four and three rate hikes respectively, betting the recent selloff in markets will lead to a tightening in financial conditions.

"The interplay of Fed policy, financial conditions, and the growth outlook could make it hard for the Fed to actually deliver consecutive hikes, even if they feel like a natural forecast along the way," analysts at Goldman Sachs said.

© 2022 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


StreetTalk
(Adds Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs)SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Strategists at the world's top investment banks scrambled to change their Federal Reserve rate calls on Thursday after policymakers emphasized at a policy meeting that it would continue to tighten policy to...
federal reserve omc, interest rates, investment banks
406
2022-38-27
Thursday, 27 January 2022 07:38 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
Get Newsmax Text Alerts
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
MONEYNEWS.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
NEWSMAX.COM
MONEYNEWS.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved