Research Team at Nomura, suggests that the FOMC minutes should enable us to better understand how the Committee thinks the recent economic and financial developments might affect the economic outlook and, importantly, the path of monetary policy. Key Quotes “The FOMC made changes to its statement, which acknowledged that recent economic data have been weak and that recent financial and foreign developments may pose a risk to the US economy. Any discussions about the Committee’s expectation for rate hikes this year and the sizable gap with market’s expectations for rates will also be important. Of course, we will look for further discussions about the “neutral” interest rate. It will also be worth noting the reasoning behind the FOMC making some subtle changes to its statement of long-term strategy. The new statement says the FOMC will be “concerned” if inflation deviates “persistently” from its target and mentions for the first time that the FOMC’s 2% target is symmetric.” For more information, read our latest forex news.