• The U.S. Federal Reserve will cut its key interest rate in June, according to a stronger majority of economists in the latest Reuters poll, as the central bank waits for more data to confirm whether inflation is headed convincingly toward its 2% target.
  • The survey also showed respondents saw it more likely that if Fed policymakers change their rate projections at the March 19-20 meeting the median view would signal fewer cuts this year, not more.
  • After a brief period of betting the first cut would come in March, and then shifting bets to May, financial market traders are more in line with comments from Fed officials, with rate futures also now priced for a first rate reduction in June.