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Fed Wants More Evidence of Falling Inflation – FOMC Minutes

FOMC

FOMC Minutes Release Reflects Board Looking for Falling Inflation Prior to Rate Cuts. Today’s CPI Data Did Not Move Them Closer.

At their last meeting, Federal Reserve officials expressed a need for more evidence of declining inflation before considering reducing interest rates.

However, the March consumer price index (CPI) release contradicted this stance by reporting higher-than-expected inflation for the third consecutive month. The minutes from the FOMC March 19-20 meeting. Reiterated the cautious approach towards rate adjustments, indicating a reluctance to lower the federal funds rate until there was greater confidence in inflation moving towards the target of 2%.

The FOMC minutes was anticipated to offer insights into policymakers’ views on the economy, inflation, and the trajectory of interest rates. The minutes were expected to provide valuable information on the FOMC’s deliberations and future policy direction. However, the data discussed in the meeting preceded recent economic reports. Notably the March CPI and the previous month’s job report, both of which indicated stronger-than-expected inflation and a resilient economy.

FOMC Minutes

Since the March meeting, various Fed officials have reiterated a cautious approach to interest rate adjustments. Emphasizing the need to closely monitor inflation trends and economic indicators. This stance aligns with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s post-meeting remarks, emphasizing a wait-and-see approach given the mixed economic signals.

Read the full release here

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