- The minutes showed that some Federal Reserve officials wanted a 50 bps rate hike.
- Policymakers’ worries are linked to a tight labor market and commented inflation risks are tilted upwards.
- AUD/USD Price Analysis: Spiked towards 0.6830 before reversing its path to print a new weekly low of around 0.6801.
AUD/USD prolonged its losses during the Wednesday session and dropped nearby the day’s low of 0.6808 after the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes, which revealed that “few participants” favored a 50 bps rate hike. At the time of writing, the AUD/USD exchanges hands at 0.6826.
Summary of the FOMC’s minutes
The FOMC revealed in its minutes that some Federal Reserve policymakers wanted a more aggressive rate hike, with minutes citing that “a few participants favored raising rates by 50 bps.” Further, all the Fed board members agreed that more rate hikes are needed to achieve the Fed’s target and that balance sheet reduction would continue according to the plan.
Fed policymakers reiterated that inflation risks remain skewed to the upside, including China’s reopening and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, reiterating that the labor market remains tight. Participants said the economic outlook is weighed on the downside, and some participants saw prospects of a recession in 2023.
AUD/USD Reaction to FOMC’s minutes
The AUD/USD 1-hour chart shows a spike towards 0.6832 before the AUD/USD reversed its course, breaching south of the S1 daily pivot point at 0.6825. It should be said that volatility has increased, and after reaching a low of 0.6808, as of late, the AUD/USD is tumbling sharply, eyeing a break below the 0.6700 mark.
AUD/USD 1-Hour chart
AUD/USD Key technical levels