Fed raises recession risks

Equity markets fall on hawkish Fed

Stock markets are back in the red on Thursday as further hawkish commentary from the Fed increases the odds of a recession over the next couple of years.

The soft landing that the Fed so desires is easier said than done, especially in an environment when inflation is so high and energy prices are through the roof. And when you consider the kind of tightening that’s being proposed, the economy is going to have to display incredible resilience to weather the storm.

The central bank has quickly gone from fighting the market to standing shoulder to shoulder with it. The next few meetings are likely to deliver three super-sized rate hikes it seems and that could be ramped up further if we don’t see some progress on inflation in that time.

Policymakers are clearly spooked by the data we’ve seen over the last couple of months and when faced with dealing with soaring inflation and supporting the economy, there’s only ever going to be one winner. They better hope any recession is mild and short-lived or the decision to drag their feet on starting the tightening cycle will look even more negligent.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Former Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary.

His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News.

Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.