Federal Reserve is delaying interest rate cuts until 2025

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  • The Federal Reserve may delay interest rate cuts until 2025, maintaining a cautious stance due to persistent high inflation.
  • Raphael Bostic of the Atlanta Fed sees only a slow approach to achieving the 2% inflation target, predicting just one rate cut this year.
  • Jerome Powell noted that stubborn inflation in early 2023 has dampened the possibility of reducing borrowing costs soon.

It looks like the Federal Reserve is on track to keep interest rates steady well into 2025, marking a cautious approach in the economic playbook. Raphael Bostic, the head of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, laid it out clear. Interest rates aren’t going down anytime soon, not until the tail end of this year or even into the next.

Bostic, who’s got a say in this year’s monetary policy decisions, sees no rush in changing things up as he keeps his eyes on job growth and wage adjustments for inflation. He’s still banking on hitting that elusive 2% inflation target, though he admits the journey there is dragging slower than folks hoped. This year, he’s betting on just one rate cut, nothing more ambitious.

Persistent Inflation: A Thorn in the Economy’s Side

The Fed’s current mood? Hold steady.

Inflation’s being stubborn, sticking higher than comfortable, and that’s got the Fed’s wheels spinning slowly on any rate reductions. Jerome Powell echoed this sentiment, signaling that confidence in lowering rates needs more time to mature, thanks to inflation’s clingy behavior in the first quarter.

This cautious mood is a bit of a shocker compared to the six rate cuts everyone was whispering about at the start of the year. Now, traders are crossing their fingers for maybe one or two cuts.

Meanwhile, Bostic dropped a bit of optimism, noting that American businesses and consumers seem to be in a better spot than usual for this stage of the economic cycle.

Global Economic Shifts and Fiscal Warnings

The world stage isn’t just sitting back.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) just bumped up its forecast for U.S. growth this year to 2.7%, a tidy increase from earlier numbers. But with growth comes the challenge of keeping inflation from boiling over. The IMF is throwing a cautious glance at the U.S., pointing out that while the domestic front seems resilient, the global scene, especially poorer countries, still feels the pinch from past crises.

Even the Eurozone is only expected to see a slight growth of 0.8% this year. Globally, though, things look a bit rosier with an overall economic expansion of 3.2%. China and India are pegged for substantial growth, which might shift some economic weights around the world.

But the IMF’s chief economist, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, is waving a yellow flag, urging a slow and steady approach to easing monetary policies in the U.S., especially since the economy is practically sprinting past its pre-pandemic pace.

The annual inflation in the U.S. nudged up recently, with consumer prices in March showing a jump that had traders pushing back their rate cut timelines.

UBS strategists are even hinting at a “real risk” that the Fed might jack up rates early next year instead of cutting them. High spending and debt in the U.S. are piling up risks, making it tough to slow down inflation without tripping up the global economy.

In contrast, the European Central Bank is tiptoeing around its own rate decisions, aiming to dodge an inflation dip below 2%.

Market Reactions and Future Speculations

As things stand, the Fed’s hesitance to slice rates is mirroring broader economic anxieties. Altaf Kassam from State Street threw in his two cents, saying U.S. monetary policy effects might drag their feet hitting the real economy, hinting at a rocky patch come 2025 when big refinancing needs kick in.

And while the Fed’s policymakers, like San Francisco’s Mary Daly, see no rush to cut rates with the economy still flexing some muscle, banks like Bank of America and Deutsche Bank are now betting on a lone rate cut come December, a scaled-back view from earlier, more optimistic forecasts.

So, while the talk around town had been about easing up, it seems the Fed’s game plan is more about staying the course, making sure they don’t rock the boat too much in these unpredictable economic waters.

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