INSURANCE NEWSNET: The Fed’s Interest Rate Hike

June 15, 2022

What is happening with interest rates, investment markets, and the Federal Reserve? Running Point and its chief investment officer, Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, were quoted in an Insurance NewsNet article—by Doug Bailey, “Fed raises rates by .75 point, largest jump since 1994”—regarding the Federal Reserve’s largest interest rate hike since 1994.

Below is the excerpted quote:

“I feel that today’s move is an admission from the Federal Reserve that it was too loose and generous with its monetary policy in 2021 and are trying to reverse that quickly,” said Michael Ashley Schulman, founding partner and Chief Investment Officer at Running Point Capital. “The fact that the Fed is putting another 75-basis-point hike on the table for its July meeting is hinting to the world that Chair Powell is willing to follow Paul Volcker’s inflation fighting playbook from the 1980’s that pushed America into recession. But then, as now, whether higher interest rates will break inflation or lower energy prices will break inflation is really the debate.”

Even more important than the numerical increase of the federal-funds rate today will be how investors interpret the Federal Reserve. Will the Fed’s statement and Chair Jerome Powell’s follow-on interviews instill confidence into the economy that the Fed can control inflation without pushing the U.S. into recession, or will an already skeptical audience further believe that the Fed has no control over the price of food and oil? If the U.S. enters a recession soon, it would be a most unusual recession: one with plentiful credit, low unemployment, and high inflation—noteworthy dynamics not normally associated with an economic slowdown.

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