Federal Funds Rate

Federal monetary policymakers will meet again on the evening of Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 10:00 to determine the levels of new interest rates, with great

expectations for an additional 25 basis point increase, to reach the range of 4.75%, but what the markets are most concerned with is knowing the range of interest

rates which the Fed considers sufficient to bring inflation back towards the 2% target.

We are also awaiting the release of many important economic data, including:

  • US jobs data released by ADP
  • Business index for the manufacturing sector
  • The number of vacancies issued by the US Department of Labor

The interest rate announcement will follow the Federal Reserve Chairman's press conference and will be of great importance in which we will monitor whether the

Fed will be decisive and end the debate about the final interest rates, or at least know when the cycle of raising interest rates may have come to an end, and

therefore it will be influencing the movement of the markets.

It will be difficult to build expectations for price movement coinciding with the announcement of interest rates as well as during the press conference because that

depends on the terminology that the Federal Reserve Chairman will use in the press conference, but what is expected is that the Federal Reserve will leave the


open to all expected possibilities especially since inflation despite its continued slowdown is still at high levels.

Therefore, the markets expect new fluctuations in prices, ups, and downs, and it will take some time before they start to stabilize and take a specific path. and we

must note and remember the golden rule: the markets have different ideas and convictions in the way they interpret the information issued, and therefore prices

cannot move 100% according to that. the information.

Analysts advise when the news is released:

  1. Monitoring open positions for the possibility of price fluctuation throughout the day without excluding any surprises of price movement, which requires extraordinary attention.
  2. Relying on the main support and resistance levels to follow the price movements by using the chart within a daily time frame and not relying on the intraday support and resistance levels.

The markets expect that the use of terms by the Fed indicating the continuation of the tightening policy may constitute support for the dollar and negative for

stocks, metals, and other currencies, but any hints indicating the imminent end of the monetary tightening cycle may be in favor of stocks and metals, and at the

same time negative for the dollar.


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