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Fed Holds Rates Steady, No Hints of Tapering, Still Views Inflationary Build Up as Transitory

Eric Compton, CFA Senior Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Eric Compton, CFA |

In its latest statement, released on April 28, the Federal Open Market Committee unsurprisingly held the federal-funds rate at 0.0%-0.25%. Nobody expected a change in rates this meeting, and there were no new economic projections released, therefore, this was arguably a low-key event. Instead, the focus remains on any changes in the Fed’s language in the release and any hints at balance sheet tapering. There were no hints at tapering, and we don’t expect even a hint at tapering until the economic recovery is well on its way, at least for a couple more months--and we expect that any actual tapering will be telegraphed well in advance. The key debate today is how high inflation will get, if it will be transitory, and how long the Fed will hold off on rate hikes as inflation progresses. Based on our read of the Federal Reserve's most recent statements, we don’t plan to make any changes to our current rate forecasts in our U.S. bank models, although we admit that the risks to inflation seem to be toward the upside, and therefore rates hikes could happen sooner in a hotter environment.

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Business Description

JPMorgan Chase is one of the largest and most complex financial institutions in the United States, with more than $3 trillion in assets. It is organized into four major segments--consumer and community banking, corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, and asset and wealth management. JPMorgan operates, and is subject to regulation, in multiple countries.

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383 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10179
T +1 212 270-6000
Sector Financial Services
Industry Banks - Diversified
Most Recent Earnings Mar 31, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 259,350

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