FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Economy approaches normal Labor markets showed steady improvement in 2014 Broader indexes of labor market performance have risen to their long-run averages. Lower longer-term interest rates and lower oil prices in recent months should provide additional tailwinds for U.S. macroeconomic performance.
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Interest rates The policy rate remains near zero, where it has been since December 2008, nearly six years ago. Can current macro-economic data rationalize the Federal Reserves exceptionally low setting of 0.25 percent interest rates? One possibility is to cite the fact that inflation is running below target
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Unemployment The unemployment rate has fallen much faster than the FOMC expected, and the fall has recently accelerated. Nonfarm payroll employment has also increased faster than anticipated. Unemployment and nonfarm payroll employment are the two workhorse indicators of U.S. labor market performance. Though there are many other possible indicators
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Summary for labor markets In summary, labor markets continue to improve and are approaching or even exceeding normal performance levels. Normal labor markets have not been associated historically with a policy (interest) rate near zero. Over the course of 2015, it will become more and more difficult to point to labor market performance as a rationalze for a near-zero policy rate.
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Inflation The FOMCs inflation target is 2 percent. Inflation was above target as of January 2012, but has been running below target in 2014 and 2015.
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Inflation remains low The inflation target of the FOMC is 2 percent. Currently, inflation is running below this target. Global factors, including low inflation in Europe and lower oil prices, may be temporarily holding inflation down in the U.S. Generally, inflation is expected to rise toward the FOMCs 2 percent target.
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Inflation expectations Inflation expectations are one of the most important determinants of actual inflation, according to modern macroeconomic theories Most likely, inflation will rise toward the FOMCs inflation target in coming months and quarters. However, this bears careful watching. Inflation and inflation expectations moving away from target is a concern
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Recent volatility in financial markets During the late summer and continuing into October, global financial markets began to price in the possibility of a global recession based largely on news of a weaker-than-expected European economy. My own view has been that such fears were overstated, in part because U.S. macroeconomic fundamentals seem strong. However, if such a scenario did develop, the Fed would most certainly respond. Since mid-October of 2014, this issue has faded as U.S. economic data has indicated continuing growth.
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA The current expected policy rate path Currently, markets expect the Federal Reserve to raise the policy rate gradually across 2015. This is in accordance with most current projections.
FIANCIAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION FEA Summary The FOMC has indicated that the policy rate is likely to rise this year, with the exact timing dependent on macroeconomic data in coming quarters. Analysts sometimes cite the current low level of inflation as a reason why the FOMC may wish to remain at the zero lower bound (ZLB) for even longer.
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