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Analysts at Danske Bank, expect the Federal Reserve to maintain the target range at 1.75-2.00% on Wednesday. They don’t see relevant changes coming from the meeting.  

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“At the June meeting, the Fed decided to remove several soft sentences from the statement, as it wants more flexibility now the Fed funds rate is close to neutral. We do not believe the Fed wants to change this at this point. Hence, it is unlikely to send any new policy signals. This was also the case during Fed Chair Powell’s hearing not long ago.”

“We still think the Fed is on track to deliver two more hikes this year (September and December), which is in line with the Fed’s own projection (although the committee is divided between one and two hikes) and market pricing.”

“The biggest discrepancy is between the Fed’s projections for the number of hikes next year and market pricing, also in light of the flat US yield curve, which is regarded as a reliable recession indicator. The Fed does not expect the yield curve to invert and is likely to continue hiking if it is right.”

“The majority of FOMC members have indicated they are ready to pause the hiking cycle if the yield curve (against their expectations) is about to invert.”

“The Fed’s ‘quantitative tightening’ (QT) programme is still open-ended and we do not know how low the Fed wants the balance sheet to go.”

“We do not expect any major shifts in the communication on the balance sheet either.”