Federal Reserve’s first meeting of 2023

أول اجتماع لمجلس الاحتياطي الفيدرالي لعام 2023 

Federal Reserve’s first meeting of 2023, the Federal Reserve announced a 25-basis point increase in its benchmark interest rate.



US Federal Reserve’s Base Rate
Chairman Jerome Powell
Bank of England and European Central Bank






US Federal Reserve’s Base Rate


This marks the slowest pace of increases since last March and is a sign that inflationary pressures are beginning to ease. 

The Fed had been aggressively raising rates over the past year to quell rising inflation,
but recent data has shown that prices have begun to stabilize,
and economic activity has cooled off significantly from previous highs.


This change in stance could be seen as an indication of confidence
from policymakers that their efforts are having a positive effect
on both price stability and overall economic growth.

The move will also likely help support consumer spending
by keeping borrowing costs low for households across America. 


It’s important to note, however, that this latest decision does not necessarily mean
we can expect fewer rate hikes going forward; rather it shows us how quickly monetary policy
can shift depending on changing conditions within our economy
something investors should keep top of mind when making decisions about their portfolios moving forward.






Chairman Jerome Powell


Recently, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made a statement
that the full force of rate rises has yet to be felt in the economy
and there is still “more to do”. This came as part of an address given
by Mr. Powell at a meeting with U.S. central bankers where he discussed economic policy
and the current state of inflation rates in America.


Mr. Powell went on to explain that while inflation has been rising steadily over recent months,
it would need substantially more evidence before any further action
could be taken regarding monetary policy decisions such as interest rate hikes or cuts
which are key indicators for how well an economy is performing overall.


He also said that shifting from faster-paced rate increases toward slower ones
will allow them better assess progress toward their goals for economic growth and stability across America’s markets.


This announcement comes after weeks of speculation
about whether we can expect further changes in terms of interest rates this year;
investors had previously expected multiple hikes but now appear less certain
due to mixed signals coming from both sides.


President Trump has called out against policies increasing borrowing costs
while other members of his administration have openly endorsed them instead.

It remains unclear what exactly will happen next, but one thing is clear:

The Federal Reserve under Chairman Jerome Powel looks set on taking its time
when it comes to making crucial decisions around monetary policy going forward!






Bank of England and European Central Bank


The Bank of England and the European Central Bank are both expected
to raise borrowing costs by 50 basis points tomorrow in a move
that could signal an end to rate rises later this year.

This news has been welcomed by investors,
who has long been anticipating such action from the two major central banks?


The decision comes as global economic growth continues to recover
from the pandemic-induced recession last year, with both Europe and the UK showing signs of improvement.

The US economy is also on track for a strong rebound this year due to falling energy prices,
China’s reopening, and weakening dollar values which have provided exporters with a boost.


Despite these positive developments, many analysts remain cautious
about raising rates too quickly or prematurely given that inflation remains low across most economies
including those in Europe and Britain
while unemployment levels remain high despite recent declines since 2020 began.


Therefore, it appears likely that any further hikes will be gradual rather than
aggressive over the coming months as policymakers look at other factors
before deciding whether or not more stimulus is needed. 

In conclusion, tomorrow’s announcement may well prove beneficial for the markets
if it signals an end rate rises later this season, but investors should still exercise caution
when making decisions based on short-term movements in interest rates alone.