Goldman Sachs sees Fed rates peaking at 5% in March

Goldman’s economists added that the journey to five per cent hike includes increases of 75 basis points this week, 50 basis points in December and 25 basis points in February and March



US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. — AFP file photo
US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. — AFP file photo

By Reuters

Published: Sun 30 Oct 2022, 5:18 PM

Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s economists said the US Federal Reserve could bump up interest rates to as high as five per cent by March 2023, 25 basis points above its earlier predictions, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday.

Goldman Sachs chief executive officer David Solomon last week said the US Federal Reserve could hike rates beyond 4.5-4.75 per cent if it does not see “real changes in behaviour.”

Federal Reserve’s next meeting could shed light on how long it will stick to the aggressive monetary policies.

Goldman’s economists added that the journey to five per cent hike includes increases of 75 basis points this week, 50 basis points in December and 25 basis points in February and March, the report added.

The report said Goldman cited three reasons for expecting the Fed to hike beyond February -an “uncomfortably high” inflation, the need to cool the economy as fiscal tightening ends and price-adjusted incomes climb, and avoiding a premature easing of financial conditions.

Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to a Reuters’ request for comment.

The central bank is expected to raise rates by 75 basis points for a fourth straight time at the conclusion of its next policy meeting on November 1-2.

Betting on a less hawkish Fed has been a dangerous undertaking this year. Stocks have repeatedly rebounded from lows on expectations of a so-called Fed pivot, only to be crushed anew by fresh evidence of persistent inflation or a central bank bent on maintaining its pace of rate increases. — Reuters


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