MBS Live Commentary: Differences Between Previous and Current FOMC Statements – Mortgage News Daily

May 8, 2022 By admin

IndicatorsAlthough ofoverall economic activity edged down in the first quarter, household spending and employmentbusiness havefixed continuedinvestment toremained strengthenstrong. Job gains have been strongrobust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has declined substantially. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher energy prices, and broader price pressures.
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The implications for the U.S. economy are highly uncertain,. butThe in the near term the invasion and related events are likelycreating to create additional upward pressure on inflation and are likely to weigh on economic activity. In addition, COVID-related lockdowns in China are likely to exacerbate supply chain disruptions. The Committee is highly attentive to inflation risks.
The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. With appropriate firming in the stance of monetary policy, the Committee expects inflation to return to its 2 percent objective and the labor market to remain strong. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 13/4 to 1/2 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. In addition, the Committee expectsdecided to begin reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities aton aJune coming1, meetingas described in the Plans for Reducing the Size of the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet that were issued in conjunction with this statement.
In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committees goals. The Committee’s assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health, labor market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments.