Historic Year for Central Bank Activity and Rate Hikes


By: Lawrence Gillum, CFA, Fixed Income Strategist, LPL Financial & Jeffrey Roach, Ph.D. Chief Economist, LPL Financial

The Federal Reserve (Fed) wrapped up its last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting of the year last week, where it hiked short-term interest rates for the seventh time in as many meetings, taking the fed funds rate to 4.5% (upper bound). A day later, both the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE) also hiked interest rates, taking their respective policy rates to the highest levels since 2008. Over 90% of central banks have hiked interest rates this year, making the (mostly) global coordinated effort unprecedented. The good news? We think we’re close to the end of these rate hiking cycles, which could lessen the headwind we’ve seen on global financial markets this year.

Read the full commentary here: weekly-market-commentary-12.19.22


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