17 Jun SETTING THE STAGE
These next two weeks are pivotal for the global economy. The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) next policy meeting starts June 18 with a policy announcement due June 19. In the following week, global leaders will convene at the G-20 Summit in Japan, and we’ll likely get clues on the state of the U.S.-China trade talks.
Fed fund futures are pricing in about a 20% chance of a rate cut at the upcoming meeting [Figure 1]. We think a rate cut could be in play later this year if global conditions deteriorate, but a policy change at this next meeting may be too soon. Regardless, Fed commentary on the state of the economy and policy has been critical for markets lately, and we expect policymakers to address their plans to mitigate risks of a trade-related slowdown.