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Fast Comment US — Balance sheet normalisation and rate rise in December

  1. The Fed lifts its growth forecast
  2. Core inflation forecast unchanged
  3. Fed's fund rate forecast slightly lowered

Petter Lundvik, Senior Economist | pelu16@handelsbanken.se

Global Macro Comment — A shift in tide for the EURUSD

The weak USD seen throughout the year will gradually feed into higher inflation, which in turn will lift interest rate expectations for the US and strengthen the USD.

Pierre Carlsson, Strategist | pica01@handelsbanken.se

Fast Comment US — Weaker-than-expected August payrolls, at 156,000

  1. Unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent, from 4.3 percent in July
  2. Lower-than-expected wage growth
  3. Fed to announce QT in September and raise rates in December

Petter Lundvik, Senior Economist | pelu16@handelsbanken.se

Macro Comment US — Balance sheet reduction in September

We revise our Fed forecast: we now believe that the central bank will hold rates steady in September and instead announce a plan to reduce its balance sheet at the meeting. In June this year, the Fed published a plan for quantitative tightening. Balance sheet reductions are not intended to play an active role in mone-tary policy during normal times. The Fed's intention is that they should run quietly in the background for years, while monetary policy is operated through adjustments of the federal funds rate.

Petter Lundvik, Senior Economist | pelu16@handelsbanken.se

Fast Comment US — Labour market heating up gradually; but wage growth still lags behind

  1. More private jobs than expected
  2. Unemployment rate still on decreasing trend
  3. Job report still supports the Fed's tightening plans

Rasmus Gudum-Sessingø, Senior Economist | ragu02@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment US — PCE confirms subdued June inflation

  1. Inflation about to bottom out?
  2. The Fed keeps a close watch on inflation

Rasmus Gudum-Sessingø, Senior Economist | ragu02@handelsbanken.dk