Fed continues to signal possible interest rate hike in December

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We have made 4 major shifts in our portfolios the last year dictated by events: the Fed tightening last October; the Fed capitulating in December. its key interest rate and launching a program.

FOMC says ‘case for an increase in the federal funds rate has continued to strengthen’. The Fed has left its benchmark federal-funds rate unchanged since December in a range between 0.25% and 0.5%. Officials started 2016 expecting to raise it by a full percentage point this year but held off because of worries about a variety of risks, including weak economic growth earlier in the year and market turmoil abroad.

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Fed minutes signal December rate hike likely. federal reserve officials believed last month that the economic conditions needed to trigger the first interest rate hike in nearly a decade could.

The odds of a Fed rate hike in December are put at 100%, according to a popular forecasting tool by CMO Group. Some 10% even think the Fed will act more aggressively with a half-point increase.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left interest rates unchanged and signaled it was. Story Continued Below. as they monitor slowing global growth and the effect of nine rate hikes since December 2015.. market conditions,” and inflation near its 2 percent target are still the “most likely outcomes.”.

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With less than a month left before the final Federal Reserve meeting of the year, Bloomberg rates the chances of a Fed interest rate hike at 100%, according to calculations based on futures.

In June 2006, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates for a 17th consecutive time but cushioned the increase with a strong signal that officials were ready to stop the tightening cycle.

A December rate hike is obviously more of a question because it is three months away. Some Fed officials say they want to see signs inflation is picking up before they back another rate hike, the third one this year. Both Cummings and Sharif think a December rate hike is likely.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)-The Federal Reserve on Wednesday opened the door a crack to lifting interest rates. s a stronger hint of possible move than most Fed watchers were expecting. “They wanted.