An interest rate increase at next week’s Federal Reserve meeting would seem to be a foregone conclusion. The Fed would look downright foolish if it didn’t raise rates. But can we take anything for granted when it comes to the Fed making rate decisions?
On the surface, you would have to guess that there is almost no chance the Fed will leave rates alone at next week’s meeting. Indeed, that’s what the bond market and the federal fund's futures market are saying.
The three-month Treasury bill is currently trading at 0.50%. That’s nearly triple the 0.17% it was trading at on September 20, which was also its lowest point this year. It’s also more than double the high end of the Fed’s current fed funds range of 0% to 0.25%. Given that comparison, the Fed would look seriously out of touch with reality if it didn’t raise rates at least 25 basis points this time around. If anything, the Fed is now playing catch-up, not leading the markets. In any event, rates are going up regardless of what the Fed does or doesn’t do. Continue reading "A Fed Rate Hike Next Week Is A Lock - Right?"