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Fed and Bank of Japan expected to issue rate decisions


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Forward-looking investors will have plenty of policy and risk management on the table this week as both the Bank of Japan and Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) issue rate decisions. While the FOMC may be the major driver of global asset prices this week, the Bank of Japan may take that role should they hold the line as expected on asset purchases and negative rates. If so, it may feed into the perception among investors that the central banks are running out of monetary bullets and set the stage for a sell off across asset classes.

On the global front, Euro-area flash purchasing managers’ index, Canadian consumer price index and retail sales, as well as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s rate decision will all impact currency markets. In the U.S. there are several top-tier publications on housing, jobless claims and of course, the Federal Reserve rate decision, growth forecast and rate guidance.

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