On June 14th the FOMC decided to increase the Federal Funds Rate. This move was almost perfectly anticipated by the WSJ Economic Forecast Survey participants. However, a close look at their revisions to the future rates has them leaving the Fed funds rate mostly unchanged, but seeing significant declines in Ten-year bonds particularly in the short term. The graph below shows the changes in expected interest rates through the end of 2019.
While June and December 2017 Federal funds rates forecasts are almost identical, the Ten-year Bond rates have dropped significantly. This could reflect greater certainty over Fed policy, and less perceived economic risk in the short-term. That is, the Fed has been effectively communicating their criteria for raising rates and participants forecasts have not seen a reason to change the projected path. Since the data have been, for the most part, positive, forecasters believe the bond markets will incorporate the lower economic risk into the bond rates. Taken as a whole, this suggests that expectations about the short-term future economy are good.
Turning to the longer-run (in 2019), both expected rates have dropped slightly. Given the long forecasting horizon it may only reflect reversion to the mean (what goes up must come down). However, I suspect that forecasters recognize that while the economic data has been positive, it has not signaled robust growth. Essentially, we are still (very slowly) climbing out of the hole the financial crisis created and we should continue to do so for the next two years or so.