Investors already fretting the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening path should brace for interest rates to keep climbing through May 2023, and to forget about any rate cuts next year, according to Goldman Sachs’ Jan Hatzius. Goldman’s chief economist expects the Fed to downshift the size of its rate hikes soon, firing off a 50 basis point rate increase next week at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting on Dec. 14, rather than opt for another jumbo 75 basis point move higher.
That would would bring the Fed funds rate to a range of 4.25% to 4.50%, after its fourth straight rate hike of 75 basis points in November pushed the range to its highest level in 15 years. U.S. stocks have been pummeled to start the week, after rallying from the lows of 2022 on hopes that inflation might be retreating, which could set up the Fed to slightly “pivot” by hiking rates in smaller increments. But this year’s rapid increases already have the central bank on its most aggressive tightening path since the 1980s (see chart), which eventually should cool economic growth and inflation.
The Federal Reserve is embarking on its most aggressive pace of tightening in 40 years
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