Elon Musk says what he thinks the Fed should do with interest rates
The Twitter CEO said the Fed should 'drop the rate' by 'at least' 50 basis points
Elon Musk on late Monday offered his opinion on what the Federal Reserve should do with its benchmark interest rate.
The U.S.’s central bank "needs to drop the rate by at least 50bps on Wednesday," the Tesla, Twitter and SpaceX CEO tweeted.
Musk shared what decision he thought the Fed should make ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) meeting that commenced Tuesday. At the end of the two-day gathering, the FOMC is expected to reveal whether the benchmark rate will see a lifting or lowering.
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The range of the rate has been set to 4.50% to 4.75% since February following the decision to do multiple hikes in a row, as previously reported by FOX Business.
Musk’s call for a minimum 50-basis-point drop was prompted by Bill Ackman arguing in a tweet from for a pause by the Fed.
The hedge fund billionaire said that there have been "a number of major shocks to the system." Those, according to Ackman’s tweet, included a trio of banks in the U.S. recently shutting down, as well as developments with Credit Suisse and other events in the banking sector.
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The California-based Silvergate Capital revealed earlier in the month its Silvergate Bank would be wound-down and liquidated. Not long after that, two banks — Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank — got taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Credit Suisse, meanwhile, is being bought by fellow Switzerland-based bank UBS, UBS said Monday.
"Inflation is still a problem and the Fed needs to continue to show resolve," Ackman also wrote. "[Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome] Powell can do this by pausing and making very clear that this is a temporary pause so that the impact of recent events can be assessed. He can make clear that his intent is to resume raising rates at the next meeting unless the banking crisis remains unresolved, and has on its own sufficiently slowed the economy."
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According to CME’s FedWatch tool, about 83% of interest rate traders indicated they expect a hike coming out of the FOMC meeting slated to end Wednesday. On the other hand, 16.6% projected the rate will stay flat, it showed early Tuesday afternoon.
Musk has weighed in on the Fed’s moves regarding interest rates in the past, including in tweets and Tesla earnings calls.