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The Fed rolled out another rate hike at its final meeting of 2017. The target range for the federal funds rate was increased by 0.25% to 1.25%–1.50%, and the Fed has…
The last statement from the US Fed, which was released with its recent rate hike decision, cited lower levels of inflation but hopes that the inflation target could be achieved in 2018.
A lower unemployment rate is one of the key objectives of the Fed. In 2017, the unemployment rate fell, reaching 4.1% in its latest November reading.
In its December monetary policy statement, the Fed projected three interest rate hikes in 2018 and three in 2019, depending on the incoming economic data.
St. Louis Fed president and CEO James Bullard gave a presentation at a regional economic briefing on December 1. Previously, we looked at the causes of yield curve inversion. In this…
The pace of interest rate hikes and inflation rate growth have a profound influence on the US yield curve. The US Fed has been communicating its intent to increase interest…
The proposed tax cuts and the resulting increase in the federal deficit are expected to impact bond markets. It's important to consider the Fed's stance.
The inability of employers to find suitable workers is leading to wage increases, especially in the professional, technical (XLK), and production (XLI) sectors.
The increase in price pressure, although reassuring for the Fed, might not lead to a higher rate of inflation in the short term.
In his speech at the 2017 Asia Economic Policy Conference on November 16, 2017, John Williams, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, spoke about the history of monetary policy.
The November Conference Board report, which takes October data into account, reported the credit spread at ~1.2—an improvement from the September reading of ~1.1.
At the November meeting, the FOMC staff review indicated that US labor market conditions continued to strengthen and that the US economy continued to expand at a solid pace.
The last Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) meeting took place on October 31–November 1. The target range for the federal funds rate stayed unchanged at 1%–1.25%.
Among the key macroeconomic indicators published by the Fed, capacity utilization in US industries helps investors forecast business cycle changes.
The University of Michigan Preliminary Consumer Sentiment for November was reported at 97.8, which was 2.9 lower than the final October reading of 100.7.
The International Monetary Fund (or IMF), in its "World Economic Outlook" (or WEO) released in October, upgraded the economic forecast for the United Statess for 2017.
Not all members of the FOMC, according to the minutes of the meeting, were on the same page with respect to a December interest rate hike.
When bond investors look to buffer their portfolios against the scourge of inflation, they often flock to Treasury inflation-protected securities, also known as TIPS. Exchange traded funds offer investors ...
Bostic dealt with various reasons that have been cited as reasons for the lower level of inflation—even questioning the common ones.
Bullard said that the current growth rate in the US economy is likely to remain consistent with recent quarterly growth—near the 2% mark.
After years of ultra-loose monetary policy, global markets are beginning to realize they may have to wave goodbye to easy money. In their efforts to save the global system from…