January 2020

Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell continues to insist that the economy is in a “good place”, which, like the Goldilocks scenario, is neither too hot nor too cold – but just right. At least just right enough to keep the policy levers where they are for a while. After cutting interest rates for the third time this year in October, Powell is sending a strong signal that the rate-cutting cycle will be put on pause for the indefinite future. More specifically, the Fed chief believes that it would take a significant reassessment of the outlook for policymakers to pull the rate trigger again. Read Lantern Investments Economic & Financial Digest