November 2, 2021 – The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve (Fed) meets this week and the good money says they’ll announce a “tapering” of their long-term asset purchase program (popularly known as Quantitative Easing, or QE) upon conclusion at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday.
Topics shared in this publication are:The Federal Reserve is using both of its major monetary policy tools, the short-term overnight interest rate (federal funds rate) and purchases of long-maturity U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, known as Quantitative Easing (QE), to support financial markets and the economy.In December 2021 the Fed accelerated the “taper” of its QE purchases and is expected to be done buying securities in March 2022.
In the October issue of our monthly flagship publication, we feature:On the Record by Chief Investment Officer Tony Roth, who looks back on a nerve-racking month filled with whipsaw market volatility. Plus, weaker consumer activity led his team to revise down its 2021 full-year GDP forecast from 7.5% to 5.8%. He analyzes the four critical risks that continue to be at play and their potential impact on the team’s 9- to 12-month outlook.