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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Odds At 100% (Certain) The U.S. Prime Rate Will Rise To At Least 5.25% After The July 27, 2022 FOMC Monetary Policy Meeting

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As of right now, our odds are at 100% (certain) the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will vote to raise the target range for the benchmark fed funds rate, from the current 1.50% - 1.75%, to at least   2.00% - 2.25%, at the July 27TH, 2022 monetary policy meeting, with the U.S. Prime Rate (a.k.a Fed Prime Rate) rising to at least 5.25% (with the strong possibility of an increase to 5.50%.)

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Economic alarm bells are still clanging here in the USA, and in many other industrialized economies around the world. Inflation is the #1 concern, of course, but soaring mortgage rates and home prices have the real-estate world nervous as well.

Relief may be in the offing. The Core PCE Price Index -- the Fed's preferred inflation gauge -- may have peaked.  The latest year-on-year readings:

  • February: +5.3%
  • March: +5.2%
  • April: +4.9%

And if inflation is really retreating, then mortgage rates will ease as well. That's because the giant pools of capital that move in and out of U.S. Treasuries should start to swing into the safety of government debt, and cause bond yields to start easing.

We'll get the next Core PCE reading on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

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The United States Prime Rate was raised to the current 4.75% on June 15TH, 2022.

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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 U.S. Prime Rate will rise to at least 5.25% after the July 27TH, 2022 FOMC monetary policy meeting, with a strong possibility of an increase to 5.50%: 100% (certain.)


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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Fourth FOMC Meeting of 2022 Adjourned: United States Prime Rate Rises to 4.75%

U.S. Prime Rate Rises to at 4.75%
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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve System has just adjourned its fourth  monetary policy meeting of 2022 and, in accordance with our latest forecast, has voted to raise the benchmark target range for the federal funds rate from 0.75% - 1.00%, 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):

"...Overall economic activity appears to have picked up after edging down in the first quarter. Job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher energy prices, and broader price pressures.

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The invasion and related events are creating additional upward pressure on inflation and are weighing on global economic activity. In addition,
COVID-related lockdowns in China are likely to exacerbate supply chain disruptions. The Committee is highly attentive to inflation risks.

The Committee seeks to achieve
maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1‑1/2 to 1-3/4 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in the Plans for Reducing the Size of the Federal Reserve's Balance Sheet that were issued in May. The Committee is strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective.

In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of
monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee's goals. The Committee's assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health,  labor market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and 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; Lisa D. Cook; Patrick Harker; Philip N. Jefferson; Loretta J. Mester; and Christopher J. Waller. Voting against this action was Esther L. George, who preferred at this meeting to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by 0.5 percentage point to 1-1/4 percent to 1-1/2 percent. Patrick Harker voted as an alternate member at this meeting.
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