Fed Has to Regain The Market’s Confidence

Traders are starting to doubt the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed)’s command of monetary policy, according to Societe Generale’s famously pessimistic strategist, Albert Edwards.

There is “increasing evidence of a loss of confidence that the Fed is actually in control”, after its rate-setting committee, led by Chair Janet Yellen, seemed to brush aside concerns about deflation by choosing not to raise interest rates at its September meeting, Edwards argued in a research note.

Yellen cited concerns about instability elsewhere in the world when she spoke about her decision. The Fed has since been criticized for assigning too much importance to market turmoil elsewhere, rather than focusing on the U.S. domestic economy, when making its call. There have also been concerns that uncertainty of when rate rises will happen is now more of a drag on stock markets than a small rate rise, which has been long expected, would be.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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