Beyond that one detail though, many of the other new developments favored USD bulls. For one, there were two dissenters to the statement: Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser and Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher. From the statement:
“President Fisher believed that the continued strengthening of the real economy, improved outlook for labor utilization and for general price stability, and continued signs of financial market excess, will likely warrant an earlier reduction in monetary accommodation than is suggested by the Committee’s stated forward guidance. President Plosser objected to the guidance indicating that it likely will be appropriate to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate for “a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends,” because such language is time dependent and does not reflect the considerable economic progress that has been made toward the Committee’s goals.”
While dissents from two dyed-in-the-wool hawks are hardly surprising, this development shows the committee is becoming increasingly fractured between the hawks and doves. From a functional standpoint, Plosser and Fisher are almost certainly not going to see any interest rate hikes before they cycle out of the FOMC at the end of the year, but they may set a precedent for incoming hawks and moderates in 2015.
This month’s FOMC meeting also featured the release of the Summary of Economic Projections, including the so-called “dot plot” of Fed members future forecasts for growth, inflation, unemployment and interest rates. Overall, Fed officials were marginally more pessimistic about growth over the next few years, though they were more optimistic about the unemployment rate continuing to fall. At the margin, the critical interest rate forecasts inched higher, with 14 of 17 members now expecting an interest rate next year (only 12 had expected a 2015 hike back in June).