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FOMC Preview: Hints for March Rate-Hike to Rattle EUR/USD Rally

FOMC Preview: Hints for March Rate-Hike to Rattle EUR/USD Rally

David Song, Strategist

- Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to Keep Benchmark Interest Rate on Hold.

- Will Fed Officials Prepare Households & Businesses for a March Rate-Hike?

Trading the News: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Interest Rate Decision

FOMC Interest Rate Decision Forecast

The Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) first interest rate decision for 2018 may generate a limited reaction as Chair Janet Yellen and Co. are expected to retain the current policy, but the fresh batch of central bank rhetoric may heighten the appeal of the greenback should Fed officials show a greater willingness to lift the benchmark interest rate over the coming months.

Fed Fund Futures

With Fed Fund Futures still highlighting a greater than 70% probability for a move at the March meeting, the committee may utilize Chair Yellen’s last meeting to prepare U.S. households and businesses for an imminent rate-hike as ‘many indicated that they expected cyclical pressures associated with a tightening labor market to show through to higher inflation over the medium term.

In turn, a hawkish policy statement may rattle the near-term rally in EUR/USD, but more of the same from the FOMC may keep the euro-dollar exchange rate afloat as market participants scale back bets for three Fed rate-hikes in 2018. New to trading? Review the ‘Traits of a Successful Trader’ series on how to effectively use leverage along with other best practices that any trader can follow.

Impact that the FOMC rate decision has had on EUR/USD during the previous meeting


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12/13/2017 19:00 GMT

1.25% to 1.50%

1.25% to 1.50%



December 2017 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Interest Rate Decision

EUR/USD 15-Minute Chart

EUR/USD 15-Minute Chart

As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) delivered a 25bp rate-hike at its last meeting for 2017 to lift the benchmark interest rate to a fresh threshold of 1.25% to 1.50%. At the same time, the fresh forecasts from Fed officials suggest the central bank will also implement three rate-hikes in 2018 as ‘the Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate,’ while the longer-fun forecast was largely unchanged amid projections for a terminal rate around 2.75% to 3.00%.

The U.S. dollar struggled to hold its ground as the FOMC tamed bets for a series of rate-hikes, with EUR/USD climbing above the 1.1800 handle to end the day at 1.1826. For additional resources, download and review the FREE DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News to learn our 8 step strategy.

EUR/USD Daily Chart

EUR/USD Daily Chart

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  • EUR/USD remains bid, with the next topside area of interest coming in around 1.2640 (61.8% expansion) to 1.2650 (38.2% retracement) as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) clinging to overbought territory.
  • However, another failed attempt to close above the 1.2430 (50% expansion) raises the risk for a near-term pullback, with the first downside hurdle coming in around 1.2230 (50% retracement) followed by the 1.2130 (50% retracement) region.
  • Keep a close eye on the RSI as it appears to be flattening out, with the momentum indicator at risk of flashing a textbook sell-signal if the oscillator falls below 70.

--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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