Thursday 18th March 2021
The Fed has upped its growth expectations for the US economy, driven by the fiscal support and the vaccine rollout. But Fed Chair Powell says they are still expecting to keep interest rates low through to 2023, and they are not even talking about starting to talk of tapering of their QE activity anytime soon. He also said inflation was expected to pick up in the shorter term, but this would be transitory. Phil Dobbie asks NAB’s Gavin Friend whether the markets are convinced on this. Plus, what to except from NZ GDP this morning, and Australia’s labour market data from the ABS today.