Category Archives: Fed

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged in November, December Hike on the Table

As expected by the entire market, the Federal Reserve chose to leave interest rates unchanged on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming presidential election next Tuesday. The benchmark federal funds rate still sits at a target range of 0.25%-0.5% after the … Continue reading

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December Rate Hike

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams recently alluded to a rate hike at the Fed’s upcoming meeting in December. He said, “this year would be good for a rate rise”, and he wanted the rate hike to be … Continue reading

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Backlash to World Economic Order Clouds Outlook at IMF Talks

Fed by stagnant wages and diminishing job security, the populist uprising threatens to depress a world economy that is already weak and fragile.  The sentiment toward less integration and more trade barriers also pose risks for elevated financial markets that … Continue reading

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Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged Despite Positive Economic Outlook

In her press release this past Wednesday, Janet Yellen announced that the FOMC has decided to leave rates unchanged this month. This leaves the target Federal Funds Rate lingering at 0.25%-0.50%. While one could assume that this decision came to … Continue reading

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Industrial Production Fell 0.4% in August

U.S industrial production declined more than expected in August, a sign that demand for manufactured goods remains weak. Output fell 0.4% last month compared to a 0.6% increase in July. The decline was the largest since March. The industrial production … Continue reading

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U.S. Consumer Prices Rose in August

On Friday, the Labor Department reported its consumer-price index increased 0.2% in August from the prior month. Core prices, which strip out food and energy costs, rose 0.3%, the biggest increase since February.  The median estimate of economists was for … Continue reading

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Continued Rate Hike Uncertainty and Increased Investor Sensitivity

As Federal Reserve officials show no sign of unity ahead of the next rate hike decision, investors and economists, in search of clues, grow more sensitive to their tone. This was precisely exemplified through last week as the likelihood(1) of … Continue reading

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