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Fed Funds Trajectory as Viewed by the Market

According to the CME, peak Fed funds will be achieved tomorrow. So… “25 and done”…

Figure 1: Effective Fed funds (black), implied Fed funds as of May 2 5PM CT (red square), March 8, (pink square), February 15 (light green triangle). Source: Fed via FRED, CME Fedwatch and author’s calculations.

Between mid-February and early March, higher than expected inflation pushed up the expected trajectory of the Fed funds rate. After March 8, SVB and other banking woes have pushed down the anticipated trajectory.

The currently projected peak of 5/3 is earlier — and lower — than that of 9/20 anticipated in the March 8th futures. While this peak value is lower than the modal response of between 5.5%-6% in the mid-March FT-IGM survey, the timing (modal response of Q2) matches.





This entry was posted on by Menzie Chinn.


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