Category Archives: Interest Rates

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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Atlanta Fed Cuts Forecasts for U.S Third-Quarter GDP

The Atlanta Fed has trimmed its growth rate projections following the latest data on inventories, trade and consumer spending this week. The have listed on their website an annualized 2.4% growth rate for the U.S economy in the third quarter. … Continue reading

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Yuan/Renminbi Enters Elite Group of Currencies in the IMF

Yuan now becomes a global player in trade and finance with the inclusion of their currency in the International Monetary Fund. The IMF will now use the Yuan along with the Dollar, the Yen, and the Pound to officially lend … Continue reading

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Negative Interest Rates

An unprecedented market phenomenon has economists the world over scratching their heads: negative yielding corporate debt. Currently, European investors hold approximately €465 billion, or roughly $512 billion, of negative yielding investment-grade corporate debt. The idea of negative interest rates may … 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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Unemployment Holds Steady; Low Anticipation of September Rate Hike

On Friday, September 2, The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a mediocre jobs report. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 151,000 compared to economist forecasts of 180,000. The unemployment rate, forecasted to fall to 4.8%, held steady at 4.9%. This … Continue reading

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