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Why, For Today’s Fed, Words Speak Louder Than Actions

It’s commonly said that “actions speak louder than words,” and in most cases that would seem to be a sensible statement. It is often related to the idea that people should “watch what I do, and not what I say” as a guide to the most authentic representation of where one’s priorities lie. However, in our view, today’s Federal Reserve meeting was more important for what it said than for what the FOMC did policy-wise.

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Lombar Odier Comments on FOMC decision

As widely expected, the FOMC decided to hike its policy rate by 25bp to a range of between 2-2.25%. However, the committee removed the reference that monetary policy remains accommodative, signalling that the FOMC believe that the policy rate is getting closer to neutral.

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State Street Comments on Federal Open Market Committee Meeting

In reaction to today’s US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, Lee Ferridge, head of Multi-Asset Strategy, Americas at State Street Global Markets; Antoine Lesné, head of EMEA strategy and research for SPDR ETFs; and Sophia Ferguson, senior portfolio manager for active fixed income and currency at State Street Global Advisors, offer their views.

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Is the ISM index a bubble?

The ISM index for the manufacturing sector is, in August, at its highest since May 2004. It was then at 61.3 versus 61.4 in May 2004.

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