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Boston Fed Published Research Regarding Monetary Policy Framework

There are beliefs among market participants that the Fed is applying early 2000 thinking to its current policy approach. As the role of the Fed becomes increasingly intertwined with the economy compared to decades ago, with an unprecedented large balance … Continue reading

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Brightens

U.S. consumer sentiment, published by University of Michigan survey every month, is at 100.8 – one of the highest number recorded in recent years, representative of a 6.0% year over year change. An index number of 100 represents the conditions … Continue reading

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Inflation Worries as December Rate Hike Approaches

The Federal Reserve plans to stay on track to increase short-term interest rates however, inflation remains persistently weak. The last rate increase occurred in June from 1% to 1.25%. Inflation is expected to remain below the 2% annual target which … Continue reading

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rebound

Last month’s home sales data signalized stabilization in the U.S. housing sector; sales of previously owned homes rose 3.2% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. This … 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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Fed Minutes Hint Rate Hike and Push Markets

Key Federal Reserve officials, William C. Dudley, Dennis Lockhart, and Loretta Mester gave hints this past Wednesday at a conference that the Federal Reserve is finally ready to raise interest rates, which have been held to near zero rates since … Continue reading

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Markets Lift After Fed Chair Yellen Indicates 2015 Rate Rise

On Thursday, September 24th, Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chairwoman, spoke in Massachusetts on the high likelihood of a federal-funds interest rate increase in time for the end of 2015. Yellen argued volatility in Asian markets and lackluster inflation rate data … Continue reading

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