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U.S. Federal Reserve to announce interest rate decision
In the evening of Wednesday September 26th 2018 markets will be waiting for the announcement of the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) decision regarding interest rates. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) started its two-day meeting on Tuesday September 25th  2018 and will publish a monetary policy statement right after the end of the meeting. The FOMC is widely expected to approve a 25-basis point increase that will take the target range for its benchmark rate from 2% to 2.25%.

The CME’s (Chicago Mercantile Exchange & Chicago Board of Trade) FedWatch Tool which market analysts take into consideration when the Fed’s decisions on interest rates are imminent gave, on Monday September 24th 2018, 93.8% chances for a 0.25% rate hike. According to the CME’s FedWatch Tool, there was a 6.2% probability for the Fed to lift its benchmark interest rate to 2.50%. If the forecast is confirmed this will be the third time that the FOMC announces a rate hike this year.

With a benchmark interest rate hike highly likely in the September 2018 meeting, the number of hikes in the current monetary tightening cycle will reach seven. The Fed began pushing borrowing costs higher at the end of 2015, following seven years of ultra-low interest rates as a result of the financial crisis that erupted in 2008. 
Some economists believe that tempered increases in Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation will allow the Fed to raise interest rates gradually. Headline inflation in the US has edged up in recent months, pushed up by higher fuel prices but the core CPI inflation which is closely monitored by the Fed’s board has advanced modestly. 

ING forecasts December 2018 rate hike

In a report published on Monday September 24th 2018, ING analysts suggested that the FOMC will proceed in raising borrowing costs by 0.25% on Wednesday’s meeting. “Growth is undoubtedly very strong, with high-frequency indicators suggesting activity likely accelerated in 3Q18 after the economy expanded at an already stellar 4.2% annualised rate in 2Q18. At the same time, all of the major inflation measures are at or above the Federal Reserve’s 2% target, wages are picking up, the unemployment rate is close to an 18-year low and asset prices continue to rise. All this points to further tightening of policy,” was noted in their report. 

ING’s economists added that “we are also seeing a broadening out of the reasoning for higher interest rates. For example, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren has repeatedly warned that monetary policy should be tightened from a financial stability perspective. He and others worry that unduly low borrowing costs could be the trigger for excessive risk-taking, which will store up trouble for the US economy in the future. For that reason, we expect a rate hike this week and another in December. But markets will be watching closely for hints about the Fed's plans for 2019.”

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