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Weekly Compass: A Capital Markets Update

August 22, 2016

Fed Faces Challenges as it Evaluates Potential Risk Increases

On August 17, the Federal Open Market Committee (FMOC) released the minutes from the July 26-27 meeting, which suggested a possible rate increase as early as September. However, the Federal Reserve (Fed) would not commit to moving until a stronger consensus can be reached about the outlook for growth, hiring and inflation. While the overall tone of the minutes was more dovish, recent comments by some of the Fed Governors were more hawkish regarding concerns about the risks that continued low interest rates pose.

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What investors are watching this week:
US Data Releases. Read more on our Weekly Compass.


Investors will get a look at the health of the US housing market when new housing start data is released on August 16. July inflation data is due the same day. The expectation is for a 0.9% year-over-year increase and a 2.3% inflation rate.

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