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What Could US Jobs Report Mean for the Fed and Rate Hikes?

Annie Gilroy
What Could US Jobs Report Mean for the Fed and Rate Hikes?

Fed policymakers are watching job data closely, as the data gives the Fed insight as to whether the US economy (SPY) (IVV) is strong enough to withstand interest rate hikes. The Fed raised interest rates four times last year and signaled two more hikes in 2019, which is in contrast to the market’s expectation of no hike. The Fed has remained very positive on the tight labor market and has maintained that increasing rates should keep inflation in check.