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Powell will speak before the US Congress and nod on the expected rates

The market is waiting for Jerome Powell’s speech, which will take place next Wednesday in anticipation of the decision the central banks (European and US) will have on March 22.

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In the market, Hieronymus Powell is waiting for a speech at the Senate amid the expectation that the central banks (European and US) will have a decision on March 22.

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The general consensus of analysts is a 25 basis point increase in interest rates. “We will wait for how long the US central bank will raise its official rates, that is, what the termination rate will be – now the market expects in the interval between 5.25% and 5.50%, the hypothesis with which we will be quite agree -, say at Link Securities.

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“Initially, we do not expect Powell to deviate from this scenario when he addresses both chambers, although we will have to be careful what he says about the recent behavior of inflation and how he expects it to behave in the future.” It is also relevant to know, again, your opinion on the state of the US labor market, which is much more stressed than expected at this point after the strong rise in the official rates, since the time of the labor market has great inflationary connotations” stand out in Link Securities.

“We expect him to keep talking about the need for growth hikes to control inflation and the need for these hikes to remain data-dependent.”

diversity of opinions

The hawkish tone on the part of Powell, who is due to testify before Senate and House committees on Wednesday, is likely a reaction from progressives who are warning H not to inflict too much pain on the labor market. That has been a bright spot for President Joe Biden as he prepares for a tough reelection fight in 2024 and Democrats try to defend a slim majority in the Senate.

Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, may applaud H’s actions because a persistent focus on inflation keeps Biden’s approval rating low. The Republican Party of Delegates took control of the legislative elections in November, albeit with a slim majority.

At H, achieving long-term employment strength requires inflation to return to the 2% target set by the Central Bank, from the current 5.4%.

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