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EU vs USD: Bears Near Abyss Amid Hawkish FOMC Minutes

FOMC Minutes Boost US Dollar as Rate Hike Debate Divides Officials

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has released the minutes from its June meeting, causing a surge in the value of the US Dollar. Some members of the FOMC expressed support for a rate hike, but ultimately decided to hold off.

The minutes also highlighted concerns about the economy and inflation, indicating that more information is needed before making a decision on monetary policy.

Attention now turns to upcoming US jobs data, including; layoffs, ISM services, JOLTS and jobless claims. These reports are expected to overshadow the FOMC minutes and provide insight into the Fed’s next move.

It is speculated that there may be two more rate hikes later this year

FOMC Minutes Reveal Debate Over 25bps Rate Hike in June

The Federal Reserve has released the minutes from its June 13-14 meeting, revealing a discussion among officials about the possibility of a rate hike.

Ultimately, the decision was made to maintain the current interest rate, leading to a limited reaction in the financial markets. However, the minutes highlight a division among members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

Keeping Rates Unchanged, But More Hikes Expected

In line with expectations, the Federal Reserve chose to keep the interest rate unchanged at 5.00% – 5.25% in June, but projections show that more rate hikes are anticipated before the end of the year.

According to the minutes, almost all participants believe that additional increases in the target federal funds rate will be necessary in 2023.

Uncertainty Remains as Economic Outlook is Assessed

The minutes also point out the uncertainty surrounding the economy and inflation, with participants acknowledging the need for further information to make informed decisions about monetary policy.

While improvements have been seen in the banking sector, tighter credit conditions and increased interest rates may have a negative impact on economic activity, hiring, and inflation.

Debate over Rate Hike: Labor Market Strength vs Inflation Concerns

During the meeting, some participants favored raising the target federal funds rate by 25 basis points, citing a tight labor market and stronger-than-expected economic activity.

However, the majority agreed to maintain the current rate to allow for more time to assess the progress towards the Committee’s goals of maximum employment and price stability.

US Dollar Strengthens in Response to Minutes

Following the release of the minutes, the US Dollar experienced a modest pullback. The DXY reached fresh weekly highs above 103.30, while the EUR/USD fell towards 1.0850, indicating a strengthening of the US Dollar in the forex markets.

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