US Fed leaves door open for June hike

US Fed leaves door open for June hike

The US Federal Open Market Committee has failed to mention global and financial risks in its statement this week, leaving open the possibility of a June 2016 rate hike, says Pimco.


The Fed kept interest rates on hold at its meeting on Wednesday, but the language in its official statement means door is "ajar" for a June hike, Pimco global strategic advisor Richard Clarida said.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement, released on Wednesday, has created the possibility of a June rate hike by omitting language from the previous statement in March that said "global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks", Mr Clarida said.

"However, today’s statement does add cautionary language noting that the Fed will closely monitor 'global economic and financial developments' along with the inflation indicators mentioned in past statements.

"The FOMC acknowledges the obvious that 'labour market conditions have improved further' even as 'growth appears to have slowed'," Mr Clarida said.

On the whole, the FOMC appears to be "relieved" that the global outlook seems more secure than it did earlier in the year, he said.

"Even the most dovish voting members, such as Eric Rosengren, likely want to hike at least a couple of times in 2016," Mr Clarida said.

But the committee members are not completely convinced about the US outlook, he warned.

"Economic growth is one important factor behind that door to June being just ever so slightly open."

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