A lot of your Aunt Rita’s advice about the future – for what it’s worth – comes from the bottom of her teacup. And while reading patterns in tea leaves is one way to divine the future, using Federal Funds Futures Contracts (FFFC) to predict future rate hikes and cuts is much more reliable.
In 2019, the market anticipated lower rates and the Fed delivered. Interest rates are on hold for now and through most of 2020. How do we know?
This is where the CME Group’s FedWatch Tool comes in handy. It considers whether there is a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting during the month, the meeting date, the number of days in the month and whether the Fed moves in 25, 50 or 75 basis point increments. Probabilities are calculated from these inputs.
Currently, there is a 62.3% probability of an ease.
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