U.S. Federal Reserve Holds Rates: Now What? | A Manager Conversation with Ninepoint’s Etienne Bordeleau-Labrecque

On Wednesday, September 20, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its decision to hold rates steady at the 22-year high of 5.25 – 5.5%, marking its second pause since its aggressive mission to curb inflation last year. While the decision to maintain rates did not surprise most investors, uncertainty remains as Chairman Jerome Powell took a hawkish tone to signal that rates will likely stay higher for longer, with another hike on the horizon before the year-end.  

In this special manager conversation, Sightline Wealth Management’s Warren Gerow and Etienne Bordeleau-Labrecque, vice president and portfolio manager of Ninepoint Partners, examine the Fed’s conflicting actions and comments to provide comprehensive insights into everything investors need to know about this rate pause.

Specifically, Gerow and Bordeleau-Labrecque discuss:

  • Why the Fed’s comments demonstrated a more hawkish tone than expected
  • How the Fed’s stance has changed and how this may impact the economy moving forward
  • The different ways investors are interpreting the Fed’s comments and which one seems the most plausible
  • The initial and potential long-term impacts of the pause in rate hikes on the markets
  • How a growing GDP and other economic factors may impact Fed policy
  • The current state of the Treasury market and how it may evolve moving forward
  • The potential impacts of a recession on both the Fed’s and Bank of Canada’s rate policy

If you have any questions regarding the Fed’s recent actions and how they may impact your portfolio, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your trusted team at Sightline Wealth Management will continue to monitor key economic and inflation data to keep you and your portfolios up to speed.

Important Information: 

Warren Gerow is an independent investment wealth consultant at Sightline Wealth Management.

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