Week InAdvance: March 14, 2022
Mon Mar 14 U.K. annual "shopping basket" review. | Tue Mar 15 Elizabeth Holmes back in court. | Wed Mar 16 FOMC rate decision. | Thu Mar 17 ‘ECB and Its Watchers' in Frankfurt. BOE rate decision. | Fri Mar 18 Bank of Japan monetary policy decision.
The economic toll of the war in Ukraine, including an unprecedented surge in commodity prices, will be the background of policy decisions for three of the world's most influential central banks: the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell has already said he'll recommend a 25 basis-point increase on March 16. If confirmed, it will be the first hike since December of 2018. Powell also reaffirmed that the Fed is on track to proceed with a series of rate increases to curb the highest inflation in decades, though Russia's invasion of Ukraine means it will move “carefully.”
In the U.K., the BOE announces its rate decision on March 17. Money markets are betting on more than 100 basis points of hikes by June. That implies two 25 basis-point hikes and one 50 basis-point hike over the next three meetings.
Central banks in Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan also meet. And investors will be watching for any announcement of stimulus by the Chinese central bank after officials set the aggressive growth target of 5.5% for the year at the National People's Congress.
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