Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled a potential pause in tightening following another 25-basis-point rate hike.
The Fed’s tenth consecutive increase brought the federal funds rate to a 5-5.25% range – the highest since mid-2007. But the May statement included a "meaningful" change, said Powell, pointing to the decision to take out the reference to "some additional policy firming may be appropriate."
This was a sign markets needed to confirm a pause in rate hikes. From now on, the Fed will be driven by a combination of incoming data and credit conditions, Powell said.