Please Listen to The Fed!

The US economy is still running hot. The third quarter brought more of the same volatility seen throughout the year. The markets are adapting to The Fed’s medicine: higher interest rates to slow the economy.  On September 21st, The Federal Reserve bank increased the federal funds rate by another 75bps.  This was widely anticipated. However, in his comments, Fed Chairman Powell emphasized that their number one focus is fighting inflation. Until this point, markets had been reluctant to take him at his word with many expecting that he might soon pause or reverse.  Now, the message is clear, the Fed will do “whatever it takes” to beat inflation.