A view of the hawkish journey ahead
The Fed is aggressively increasing interest rates in order to tame persistently high inflation to a more normalized level of around 2%. This restrictive monetary policy is expected to continue into 2023.
Exhibit 1: Further rate hikes are expected to move the federal funds target range to 3.25%-3.50% by year end and peak in 2023
The Fed launched its aggressive tightening policy with three substantial 75 bps hikes in June, July and September 2022. As the largest single increase since 1994, this brought the federal funds target range to 3.00%-3.25%.
Fighting persistent inflation
Inflation spiked to a 40-year high of 9.1% in June 2022. With the July 2022 reading at 8.5%, persistent inflation is driving a hawkish rate policy. Committed to bringing down inflation, the Fed is moving expeditiously with foreceful, rapid rate hikes.
More rate hikes expected
The federal funds target range is expected to rise by another 100 bps this year with the Fed's June Summary of Economic projects (SEP) suggesting 2022 year-end rates of 3.25%-3.50%.
Riding the interest rate waves with money market strategies
In this rate-hiking climate, liquidity portfolios can benefit from yield pick-up while maintaining liquidity and reducing volatility.
Exhibit 2: The BAML 3-month Treasury Bills index provided higher returns for three out of the last four tightening periods. This outperformance was accompanied by lower volatility.
Optimizing yield opportunities
Investors can optimize yield opportunities while maintaining liquidity through money market strategies which have short maturity investments designed to capture Fed rate increases. Money market strategies can also be redeemed quickly for funding needs.
Capturing yield uplift from rate hikes
Shorter-duration strategies have commonly outperformend longer-duration strategies during periods of rising rates, especially during rapid rate increases, similar to this rate cycle.
Reducing volatility in choppy conditions
Liquidity investments with shorter maturity are less sensitive to interest rate changes. Thus, these asset prices are less volatile in a rising rate environmnet.
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