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Fed Holds Rates: Looking for Confidence Moving Forward

The Federal Reserve left the federal funds rate unchanged this week at the latest meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).  As WPI reported on 23 January,  … the Federal Funds futures market was pricing in a more than 97 percent chance of the Fed leaving rates unchanged at its meeting on 31 January, and an expectation that rates will be cut at the 1 May meeting. So far, half of that outlook has proven correct.  What remains to be seen is what unfolds in the next four months.  In a statement after the meeting the FOMC said it “does not expect it will be appropriate to reduce the target range until it has gained greater confidence that inflation is moving sustainably toward 2 percent” and t...

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Weighing in on strategic realignment

WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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