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'Markets are going to get rocked' as Fed is likely to push rates higher, economist warns

'Markets are going to get rocked' as Fed is likely to push rates higher, economist warns

Markets are going to get rocked as the Federal Reserve pushes interest rates higher, said top Fed watcher Ricardo Reis.
The Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates more than the markets now expect, says Ricardo Reis, an economist at the London School of Economics.

“Markets are going to get rocked,” Reis told MarketWatch on the sidelines of the American Economic Association annual meeting in New Orleans on Saturday.


“All the risks are on the upside. A rate of 5.5% is the minimum,” he added.

Last month the Fed raised the top end of its benchmark rate range to 4.5%. The central bank penciled in a 5.25% terminal rate.

Investors who trade in the fed-funds futures market now expect the Fed to stop raising when rates get to 5%.

Reis thinks the central bank will ultimately move rates higher.

The Fed is burned by failing to recognize the persistent upward move of inflation in 2021, he said.

“So I think they are biased toward over-tightening,” he said. “Either legitimately or because they are worried about fixing their past mistake, there are going to be tighter than you think.”

The economy is at a turning point and the Fed does face some “tough calls,” Reis said.

The key going forward is the path of wages.

Workers need to have their wages go up because their paychecks have not kept up with inflation.

So the Fed is going to have to gauge if the rise in wages is too much, just right or too little, he said.

If wages don’t rise much, inflation can quickly return to the Fed’s 2% target, he said.

If wages rise in line with productivity, the Fed won’t have to raise too much and inflation will come down to 2% in a few years.

This will be difficult because productivity is an economic variable that is hard to measure.

If wages spike, this would probably cause companies to continue raising prices, kicking off a wage-price spiral, Reis warned.

The Fed might overreact to the rise in wages, he said.

There is a scenario where rates go up “much more,” Reis said. But there is a range — it could be “much much more” or “much more” or “just more.”

Reis said that he was sympathetic to the idea that raising the unemployment rate to 5.5% was not a terrible outcome if it means a return to low inflation.

The unemployment rate hit 3.5% in December.

Stocks moved sharply higher Friday when the government reported relatively slow increase in wages in December.
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