Reuters polls dashboard of key data ahead of Sept FOMC meeting

September 4, 2015

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As anticipation builds ahead of the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee’s Sept. 16-17 meeting, the decision on whether rates will go up or not rests squarely on incoming economic data, according to Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

There are about 10 key releases in the run-up to the meeting, 6 this week that together could swing expectations for a hike this month, which still appear to be resting on a knife’s edge.


The economic outlook arguably is as clouded now as it was at the start of the year.

At the time, economists were convinced the Fed would hike rates in June. But that quickly changed once it became evident the economy contracted between January and March.

September is now looking looking hazy with many economists pushing calls further out to later this year or even early next year, largely due to conflicting signals from economic data over the past few months.

The recent global financial markets turmoil on concerns about China’s economic slowdown does not help either.

Friday’s jobs report will be the biggest data release of the lot ahead of the meeting and could either further muddy the water or clear it.

Heatmap of all indicators

This post will undergo regular updates until the Fed’s Sept. 16-17 meeting.

 Additional reporting by Sumanta Dey; Analysis by Reuters Polls Bengaluru

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