The Federal Reserve gets the balling rolling today with the FOMC meeting, which is most likely to deliver the third hike of the year, according to analysts at BBH. 

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“Before getting to the highlight of the day, the FOMC meeting, investors will see November CPI figures.  A headline rise of 0.4% is expected.  However, owing to the base effect, this would produce only a 0.2% rise in the year-over-year pace to 2.2%.  A 0.2% rise in the core rate is necessary to keep its year-over-year rate steady at 1.8%.    Last November the core rate stood at 2.2%.”  

“A rate hike today has long been anticipated.  The lack of a move would catch the market by surprise, and would likely produce a quick steepening of the yield curve and a dollar sell-off.  Barring such a destabilizing surprise, the market may be more interested in the new forecasts than the rate move itself.  We expected little change in the forecasts (dot plot), but could see a small rise in the median GDP forecast.  The September dots showed a median expectation for three hikes next year (two in 2019 and one in 2020).  We do not expect much of a change in this, with officials likely to prefer waiting for the tax bill to be seen.”  


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