What to expect from Fed announcement?

What to expect from Fed announcement?

The US dollar has dropped ahead of the Q1 GDP report at 15:30 MT and the Fed announcement at 21:00 MT on April 29. Will it continue falling?

Look at the overall sentiment

These days Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman, has been the focus of attention. Everyone waits for today’s evening conference. If his statements are optimistic, the US dollar could surge but if he expects slower recovery, that could push USD down and turn traders to other safe-haven currencies like JPY or commodities like gold. 

Pay attention to their pace of asset purchases

Nobody anticipates any new measures. This meeting will be about the actions that have been already taken and their results. Among them are asset purchases, quantitative easing programs and low rates. According to Michael Gapen, chief US economist at Barclays in New York, the Fed is slowing down bond purchases as the market environment is improving. It’ important to pay attention to their pace of asset purchases, as we can get some clarity on how long the central bank expects to keep supporting the economy.

No change in rates

In March the FOMC claimed it would keep US interest rates close to zero until the economy shows some kind of rebound. Also, Mr Powell said rates would not go negative as it would be inappropriate for the US. That’s why rates should stay unchanged today.

According to the Fed chairman, the output was likely to decline substantially in the second quarter before bouncing back in the second half of the year. However, the Fed will not release official guidelines until June. We can just look for some hints.

Check the economic calendar



USD Holds the Line
USD Holds the Line

The US dollar index keeps rounding above the 103.60 historical support level. The buyers have already defended this level for three weeks, highlighting their interest in the greenback. Thus, buying USD looks less risky right now. 

US Dollar Prepares for the Pump
US Dollar Prepares for the Pump

On the H4 timeframe, the US dollar index has formed a bullish falling wedge. At the beginning of the trading session, the price is testing the upper border of this wedge. Thus, in case of a higher-than-expected Core PCE Price Index m/m, the US dollar will skyrocket against other currencies. 

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