It is Fed week again! Next week’s Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting and Chairman Jerome Powell’s follow up press conference lacks some anticipation, as expectations are high that the Fed will keep key short-term benchmark rates in a range of 1.5% - 1.75%. With most expecting the Fed to take a pause in cutting rates, attention will be turned to the Fed’s statement and the follow up press conference to try and decipher the Fed’s monetary policy in 2020.
As for economic data, the headliners will be the consumer price index and retail sales. Muted inflation was a primary reason why the Fed cut rates in 2019, and expectations are for inflation to remain soft moving forward. With the holiday season in full stride, retail sales will be widely watched and an important indicator on if the strong consumer will continue to shoulder the U.S. economy.
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