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What's in the Feds Bazooka?


Today at 7pm UK time (6pm GMT) the US Federal Reserve (FOMC) will announce their latest interest rate decision which is widely expected to keep rates unchanged at 0.25%


The Fed has previously said it will do whatever it takes to support the US economy and they have backed this up with previous emergency meeting rate cuts as well as huge lending and bond buying programs.

All that remains now is to see what else they can throw in with the kitchen sink.

Bullish Case

The Fed could cut rates to 0%, enhance asset purchases to other products other than bonds and tweak the lending programs to further underpin the banks. This is probably the most likely scenario given the Feds commitment to do whatever it takes and could lead to a short term pop up in equities and USD.

Bearish Case

The less likely to occur but more likely to shock the market could be a lack of action and admission that bullets are running out. Either such move would be a shock to investors and could see a immediate and sharp drop in equities and USD.

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This post was written by Graeme Watkins

CEO Valutrades Limited, Graeme Watkins is an FX and CFD market veteran with more than 10 years experience. Key roles include management, senior systems and controls, sales, project management and operations. Graeme has help significant roles for both brokerages and technology platforms.