Financial markets’ focus on Wednesday will be squarely on the US central bank’s policy decision despite the fact that it will not be announced until after the close of markets in London.
The Federal Reserve is expected to announce a doubling in the pace at which it will reduce its monthly purchases of Treasury debt and mortgage-backed securities to $30bn, starting from mid-January.
Fed officials’ expectations are also expected to show that two interest rate hikes in the target range for the Fed funds rate are now expected over the course of 2022, up from just half a hike back in September.
Data on US retail sales and import prices in November will likely be overshadowed by the Fed.
The same however may not hold for a barrage of key Chinese economic activity indicators for November which are due out overnight, covering retail sales, industrial production and fixed asset investment.
Against that backdrop, at 0700 GMT the Office for National Statistics is expected to announce that harmonised consumer prices in the UK rose at an annual rate of 4.3% last month, up from October’s pace of 3.8%.
Those figures will arrive a day before the Monetary Policy Committee announces its own rate decision.
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