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03-20

Fed decision day nears, market tensions rise with rate cut timing discord inside Fed, fueling policy uncertainty and market volatility.

As the decision day of the Federal Reserve approaches on Wednesday (March 20), the tension in the global financial market significantly increases, especially in the backdrop of the US stock market continuously reaching new historical highs. The market's expectation for the Federal Reserve to possibly maintain the interest rate unchanged has become more firm, after experiencing no change for five consecutive policy meetings, making investors uncertain about the future direction of monetary policy.

Against this backdrop, the anticipation of hawkish remarks has further aggravated the market's unease, particularly regarding discussions on whether the Federal Reserve will adjust its pace of rate cuts in the future. At the same time, the continuous depreciation of the yen and the rise in the Bloomberg Dollar Index reflect the global financial market's reaction to the current monetary policy environment to some extent.

The performance of Asian stock markets shows a divergence, with Australian and South Korean stock markets performing well, while the further decline of the yen adds additional pressure to market sentiments. The exchange rate of the US dollar to yen reaching recent highs is interpreted by the market as a signal that the Bank of Japan might continue to maintain a loose monetary policy.

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Meanwhile, against the backdrop of expectations that the Federal Reserve might decide to keep the interest rate unchanged again at Wednesday's meeting, traders have intensified their short-selling of US Treasuries. This action reflects market participants' speculation and expectations for the Federal Reserve's policy outlook.

One focus of the market is the economic forecast to be released by the Federal Reserve, which will provide clues on whether Federal Reserve officials will change their intention to cut rates due to strong economic data and a more than 2% inflation rate. Some analysts expect that current economic data shows strong signs, and the Federal Reserve might implement three rate cuts in 2024, with the first rate cut possibly happening in June.

Furthermore, internal disagreements within the Federal Reserve are also a closely watched focus of the market. Some officials believe that strong economic data does not support an immediate rate cut, while other officials are more concerned about changes in demand and the labor market. This disagreement increases market uncertainty, making it difficult for investors to predict the future direction of monetary policy.

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Economists have different views on the Federal Reserve's dot plot interest rate expectations and inflation forecasts. Some expect that despite the uncertainty of economic activity and the slowdown of core inflation year on year, the dot plot may remain unchanged, but the Federal Reserve might slightly raise its inflation expectations, and might also raise its GDP forecast, although the magnitude may not be large.

Overall, the decision and economic forecasts of the Federal Reserve will have a profound impact on the global financial markets. Investors are closely watching the statements and decisions of Federal Reserve officials, trying to interpret the future direction of monetary policy. In the current environment, market volatility may further increase, and investors are advised to stay alert and be ready to respond to potential risks and opportunities.

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