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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Seventh FOMC Meeting of 2019 Adjourned: United States Prime Rate Is Cut To 4.75%

United States Prime Rate Cut to 4.75%
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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve System has just adjourned its seventh monetary policy meeting of 2019 and, in accordance with our latest forecast, has voted to lower the benchmark target range for the federal funds rate to 1.50% - 1.75%. Therefore, the United States Prime Rate (a.k.a the Fed Prime Rate) is now 4.75%.

NB: U.S. Prime Rate = (The Fed Funds Target Rate + 3)

Here's a clip from today's FOMC press release (note text in bold):

"...Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that the labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate. Job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Although household spending has been rising at a strong pace, business fixed investment and exports remain weak. On a 12-month basis, overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. In light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures, the Committee decided to lower the target range for the federal funds rate to 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent. This action supports the Committee's view that sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee's symmetric 2 percent objective are the most likely outcomes, but uncertainties about this outlook remain. The Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook as it assesses the appropriate path of the target range for the federal funds rate.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 percent inflation objective. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments.

Voting for the monetary policy action were Jerome H. Powell, Chair; John C. Williams, Vice Chair; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Richard H. Clarida; Charles L. Evans; and Randal K. Quarles. Voting against this action were: Esther L. George and Eric S. Rosengren, who preferred at this meeting to maintain the target range at 1-3/4 percent to 2 percent..."

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Friday, October 04, 2019

Odds At 90% (Likely) The United States Prime Rate Will Be Cut To 4.75% After The October 30, 2019 FOMC Monetary Policy Meeting

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As of right now, our odds are at 90% the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will vote to cut the target range for the benchmark fed funds rate, from the current 1.75% - 2.00%, to  1.50% - 1.75% at the October 30TH, 2019 monetary policy meeting (likely.)

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The current U.S. Prime Rate, which went into effect on September 19TH, 2019, is 5.00%.

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NB: U.S. Prime Rate = (The Fed Funds Target Rate + 3)

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Although the headline (U-3) unemployment rate fell to 3.5% last month, a 50-year low, there were two key negatives in the September jobs report:

  • Average Hourly Earnings were at $28.09 last month; the month-on-month change was -$0.01 (-0.036%.)
  • Average Weekly Earnings were at $966.30 last month; the month-to-month change was -$0.34 (-0.035%.)

Adding to economic worries: for two months in a row, the manufacturing sector contracted, according to the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®.)  The Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI®) for August 2019 was 49.1%, while the September reading was 47.8%.  For the PMI, any figure below 50% implies contraction.

And then there's the trade war...
 
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Stay tuned for the latest odds, and for current U.S. economic data (inflation, jobs, economic growth, wages, etc.) 


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Current Odds

  • Current odds the United States Prime Rate will be cut to 4.75% after the October 30TH, 2019 FOMC monetary policy meeting: 90% (likely.)

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