Epic Fed Needle Threading Leaves Rates Relatively Unchanged

Today’s announcement advanced the verbiage that suggests the Fed will begin tapering at the next policy meeting in November. Then, in the post-meeting press conference, Fed Chair Powell bluntly and explicitly confirmed the Fed is indeed planning on announcing the tapering plan at the next meeting unless the next jobs report is surprisingly bad.

And then… nothing happened. No massive rate jump. No taper tantrum. Stock market even took off higher.

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