U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting Minutes – November 2022

Originally Published: November 23, 2022, 2 PM ET
Updated: November 23, 2022, 2:14 PM ET

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee November meeting minutes are out. If you trade penny stocks or are looking to invest in higher-priced stocks, details in the November Fed meeting minutes matter in the big-picture.

Many of the latest economic events have helped support a more dovish tone to rate increases and Fed policy in action. By now, you likely know what happened at the November Fed Meeting. You also probably know what Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell discussed in the Fed announcement and press conference. However, if you missed it or want a quick run-down of last month’s FOMC meeting, let’s briefly recap.

November Fed Meeting Recap

In response to recent economic reports and inflation data from September CPI and PPI results, the Federal Reserve took a more dovish stance as far as its statement was concerned. However, the Powell press conference after saw the Fed Chair seemingly walk back much of what the statement entailed and turned more hawkish than anything. Here are some of the top takeaways from that November FOMC meeting:

  1. Fed rate hike announcement: the Federal Reserve Raises Rates By 75 basis points
  2. FOMC votes 12-0 for fed funds rate action.
  3. Fed raises Fed Funds Rate target for the end of year to 4.4%, 4.6% at the end of 2023, 3.9% in 2024
  4. Fed Funds rate for 2023 set at 4.6
  5. Increased unemployment rate to 4.4% in 2023, with slightly higher expectations of 3.8% by the end of this year.
  6. Remain on track for balance sheet reduction
  7. Fed officials see inflation of 5.4% by the end of 2022, 2.8% at the end of 2023, and 2.3% for 2024
  8. Fed officials see 0.2% GDP growth at the end of this year, 1.2% for 2023, & 1.7% for 2024
  9. Fed says 1.25 percentage point of rate increases remain for the rest of this year and 0.25 percentage point rate hike in 2023.
  10. Interest rates rise to highest level since 2008.

Despite Powell’s press conference, the markets now look for specific verbiage from the November Fed meeting minutes to see if there are any new details that investors don’t know yet. Also consider recent data from the latest CPI data and PPI data when you digest this latest Fed meeting minute information. As we know, those inflation figures showed some areas where strain could be starting to ease.

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FAQ: What Are The Minutes Of The Federal Open Market Committee?

According to the FOMC, the Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee “provide a timely summary of the discussion during the meeting and the decisions taken at the meeting. The minutes describe the views expressed by policymakers and explain the reasons for the Committee’s decisions. The minutes can help the public interpret economic and financial developments and understand the Committee’s decisions. As an official record of the meeting, the minutes identify all attendees, and provide a complete record of policy actions taken, including the votes by individual members on each policy action.”

FAQ: When Are The Fed Minutes Released?

FOMC Meeting Minutes are released three weeks after each meeting.

FOMC Meeting Minutes for November 2022

Statements from the FOMC Meeting Minutes:

On Economic Situation

Data pointed to weakening foreign economic activity in recent months, weighed down by the economic fallout of Russia’s war against Ukraine, headwinds in China, and tighter financial conditions. In many advanced foreign economies, high inflation and disruptions to energy supply contributed to a decline in real disposable incomes and depressed consumer and business confidence. In response, fiscal authorities in Europe and Japan announced packages intended to ease the burden of high inflation on consumers and businesses. In China, data indicated weaker momentum in economic activity and a further deterioration in the property market. Weaker global demand has also resulted in a pronounced slowdown in manufacturing, which weighed on activity in export-oriented emerging market economies in Asia. Consumer price inflation rose further in October in many foreign economies, reflecting past increases in energy and food prices, but also a continued broadening of inflationary pressure within core prices. In response to high inflation, many central banks further tightened monetary policy, albeit at a slower pace in some cases.

On Financial Situation

In the financial sector, the results of this year’s stress test demonstrated that large banks remain resilient to a substantial economic downturn, but there were indicators of elevated leverage at hedge funds and other nonbank financial institutions. Short-term funding markets continued to have structural vulnerabilities. Funding risks at domestic banks remained low, but prime money market funds, other cash-investment vehicles, open-end mutual funds, and stablecoins all continued to be susceptible to disruptive redemptions.

On Economic Outlook

For real activity, sluggish growth in real private domestic spending, a deteriorating global outlook, and tightening financial conditions were all seen as salient downside risks to the projection for real activity; in addition, the possibility that a persistent reduction in inflation could require a greater than-assumed amount of tightening in financial conditions was seen as another downside risk. The staff, therefore, continued to judge that the risks to the baseline projection for real activity were skewed to the downside and viewed the possibility that the economy would enter a recession sometime over the next year as almost as likely as the baseline.

FOMC Policy Action Plan

The action plan moving forward, as outlined in the FOMC Meeting Minutes, include the following:

  • Undertake open market operations as necessary to maintain the federal funds rate in a target range of 3¾ to 4 percent.
  • Conduct overnight repurchase agreement operations with a minimum bid rate of 4 percent and with an aggregate operation limit of $500 billion; the aggregate operation limit can be temporarily increased at the discretion of the Chair.
  • Conduct overnight reverse repurchase agreement operations at an offering rate of 3.8 percent and with a per-counterparty limit of $160 billion per day; the per-counterparty limit can be temporarily increased at the discretion of the Chair.
  • Roll over at auction the amount of principal payments from the Federal Reserve’s holdings of Treasury securities maturing in each calendar month that exceeds a cap of $60 billion per month. Redeem Treasury coupon securities up to this monthly cap and Treasury bills to the extent that coupon principal payments are less than the monthly cap.
  • Reinvest into agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) the amount of principal payments from the Federal Reserve’s holdings of agency debt and agency MBS received in each calendar month that exceeds a cap of $35 billion per month.
  • Allow modest deviations from stated amounts for reinvestments, if needed for operational reasons.
  • Engage in dollar roll and coupon swap transactions as necessary to facilitate settlement of the Federal Reserve’s agency MBS transactions.”

All voting members were in favor of these actions.

Stock Market Reaction After November FOMC Meeting Minutes

Following the publication of the Fed Meeting Minutes from November, major indexes and industry ETFs attempted a rebound. The S&P500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) managed to reclaim $402, and the Nasdaq ETF (NASDAQ: QQQ) retested $289. Other stocks also reacted in volatile fashion with Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), and even cryptocurrency stocks. like Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN) catching quick pops during the afternoon session.

Overall, the reaction to the latest round of FOMC minutes was not as aggressive as some had expected. That’s likely due to inflation data that came out earlier this month.

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