Why the Federal Reserve Meeting Matters

The US central bank is expected to start reducing its assets and perhaps hint at when the next interest rate rise is likely to be

James Gard 20 September, 2017 | 2:10PM
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The Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting, which occurs eight times in a calendar year, is one of the highlights of the calendar for global investors. It has a direct impact on currency and stock markets, which in the US are hitting new records on a daily basis.

The Fed’s decisions have taken on greater importance in recent years

The meeting closes with an announcement on interest rates and a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, which will cover the reasons behind the decision and an overview of the US economy in terms of inflation and unemployment. The press conference usually gives traders an idea about when the next interest rate will happen – in this case the consensus seems to be that the Fed will next raise rates in December this year.

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James Gard  is content editor for Morningstar.co.uk