How could Biden reshape the Fed?

Whether President Joe Biden chooses to reappoint Jerome Powell or to nominate Lael Brainard to be the next Fed Chair, it is unlikely in itself to have much impact on the near-term outlook for monetary policy. With up to three other vacancies for Biden to fill, however, the Fed Board is likely to end up at least as dovish as it is now, may adopt a tougher line on financial regulation, and could also take more explicit steps to combat broader issues like inequality and climate change.
Andrew Hunter Senior US Economist
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We expect the Fed to deliver some heavy hints at next week’s FOMC that it is planning an interest rate hike in March. With the Omicron wave now past its peak nationally, there is little to hold the Fed back, particularly if next week brings news of a further acceleration in wage growth.

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Inflation to remain elevated as GDP growth slows

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Will Fed signal that March rate hike is coming?

With many Fed officials now either explicitly supporting, or at least “open to”, an interest rate hike in March, we would expect to see some acknowledgement of that in the statement issued after the upcoming January FOMC meeting next week or, at the very least, when the minutes are released three weeks later. Overall, we expect four 25bp rate hikes this year and, since core inflation is likely to remain well above the 2% target, an additional four rate hikes next year, which would take the fed funds target range to between 2.00% and 2.25% by end-2023.

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Payroll growth to remain elevated

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