Analyst Note| Eric Compton, CFA |
In its latest statement on Jan. 27, the Federal Open Market Committee unsurprisingly held the federal-funds rate at 0.0%-0.25%. Though some of the voting members changed because of the new year, the vote was still unanimous. The Federal Reserve continues to signal that it will remain very accommodative for some time and that it plans to hold off on any less accommodative measures until the recovery in the labor market and the economy, along with a recovery in inflation, is essentially completed. We anticipate that the FOMC will be in a holding pattern for some time, with the meetings and releases likely to be relatively mundane for a while.