Will interest rates rise in 2021? Powell Says No Rate Hike, No Taper. Investors sold U.S. dollars after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made it very clear on Tuesday that there will be no interest rate hikes or tapering in the foreseeable future.
The central bank is ready to respond to a slowdown – or “material reassessment.” That is the critical part from the prepared remarks that Jerome Powell, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, has prepared for his testimony. The Fed is content with the current state of the US economy and with its policy – but is ready to cut interest rates once again. That may happen in 2020.
Gold Silver Reports (GSR) — “Our economy is currently performing very well overall, with strong job creation and gradually rising wages,’’ Powell said in the text of a speech to be delivered to a housing conference in Washington on Thursday. “In fact, by many national-level measures, our labor market is very strong.’’
Gold may be poised to rally as speculation mounts that the Federal Reserve will hit the pause button on interest rate hikes in 2019.
The Fed is next schedule to meet in December. Currently the market has a 100% chance that the fed will increase interest rates when it next meets. The markets will now focus on March 2019.
Ultimately, he thinks the Fed will not act as aggressively as stated through their current projections. The Federal Open Market Committee in September indicated another rate hike this year, bringing the 2018 total to four, along with three more next year and another hike or two in 2020.