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fed to raise interest rates ‘fairly soon’ as uncertainty about trump policies lo


u.s. federal reserve chair janet l. yellen (joshua roberts/reuters)the federal reserve said the economy’s continued growth might convince it to raise its benchmark interest rate “fairly soon,” according to minutes from its policy meeting released wednesday, even as it acknowledged that the ambitious policies proposed by the trump administration could have unforeseen effects on the u.s. economy.minutes from the fed’s two-day meeting jan. 31-feb. 1 show that the tax cuts and spending proposals floated by the trump administration continue to loom large over the central bank's decisions. while the fed chose to leave its interest rates unchanged at the meeting three weeks ago, investors widely expect two to three more rate hikes this year, perhaps as early as march, as the fed contin...






fed to raise interest rates ‘fairly soon’ as uncertainty of trump policies looms


u.s. federal reserve chair janet l. yellen (reuters/joshua roberts/files)the federal reserve said the economy’s continued growth might convince it to raise its benchmark interest rate "fairly soon," according to minutes from its policy meeting released wednesday, even as it acknowledged that the ambitious policies proposed by the trump administration could have unforeseen effects on the u.s. economy.minutes from the fed’s meeting on january 31 and february 1 show the tax cuts and spending proposals floated by the trump administration continue to loom large over the central bank's decisions. while the fed chose to leave its interest rates unchanged at a meeting three weeks ago, investors widely expect two to three more rate hikes this year, perhaps as early as march, as the fed con...






fed hike 'fairly soon' puts march in play


closeskip in skipxembedxshare stocks moved mostly lower as investors waited for clarity on interest rates. video provided by thestreet newslookminutes of the economists planned to scour the minutes of the federal reserve's early february meeting for signals of a possible interest rate hike in march.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 56 connect 12 linkedinemailmorewashington-- many federal reserve officials said the central bank may raise interest rates “fairly soon” and “potentially at an upcoming meeting” to head off a pickup in inflation, leaving the door firmly open to a march rate hike, according to minutes of the fed’s jan. 31-feb. 1 meeting.fed policymakers said such a step could be necessary if the advances of the labor market...






fed hike 'fairly soon' puts march in play


closeskip in skipxembedxshare stocks moved mostly lower as investors waited for clarity on interest rates. video provided by thestreet newslookminutes of the economists planned to scour the minutes of the federal reserve's early february meeting for signals of a possible interest rate hike in march.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 49 connect 9 linkedinemailmorewashington-- many federal reserve officials said the central bank may raise interest rates “fairly soon” and “potentially at an upcoming meeting” to head off a pickup in inflation, leaving the door firmly open to a march rate hike, according to minutes of the fed’s jan. 31-feb. 1 meeting.fed policymakers said such a step could be necessary if the advances of the labor market ...






fed hike 'fairly soon' puts march in play


closeskip in skipxembedxshare stocks moved mostly lower as investors waited for clarity on interest rates. video provided by thestreet newslookminutes of the economists planned to scour the minutes of the federal reserve's early february meeting for signals of a possible interest rate hike in march.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 54 connect 12 linkedinemailmorewashington-- many federal reserve officials said the central bank may raise interest rates “fairly soon” and “potentially at an upcoming meeting” to head off a pickup in inflation, leaving the door firmly open to a march rate hike, according to minutes of the fed’s jan. 31-feb. 1 meeting.fed policymakers said such a step could be necessary if the advances of the labor market...






fed hike 'fairly soon' puts march in play


closeskip in skipxembedxshare stocks moved mostly lower as investors waited for clarity on interest rates. video provided by thestreet newslookminutes of the economists planned to scour the minutes of the federal reserve's early february meeting for signals of a possible interest rate hike in march.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 51 connect 9 linkedinemailmorewashington-- many federal reserve officials said the central bank may raise interest rates “fairly soon” and “potentially at an upcoming meeting” to head off a pickup in inflation, leaving the door firmly open to a march rate hike, according to minutes of the fed’s jan. 31-feb. 1 meeting.fed policymakers said such a step could be necessary if the advances of the labor market ...






fed hike 'fairly soon' puts march in play


closeskip in skipxembedxshare stocks moved mostly lower as investors waited for clarity on interest rates. video provided by thestreet newslookminutes of the economists planned to scour the minutes of the federal reserve's early february meeting for signals of a possible interest rate hike in march.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 52 connect 12 linkedinemailmorewashington-- many federal reserve officials said the central bank may raise interest rates “fairly soon” and “potentially at an upcoming meeting” to head off a pickup in inflation, leaving the door firmly open to a march rate hike, according to minutes of the fed’s jan. 31-feb. 1 meeting.fed policymakers said such a step could be necessary if the advances of the labor market...






fed hike 'fairly soon' puts march in play


closeskip in skipxembedxshare stocks moved mostly lower as investors waited for clarity on interest rates. video provided by thestreet newslookminutes of the economists planned to scour the minutes of the federal reserve's early february meeting for signals of a possible interest rate hike in march.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 46 connect 5 linkedinemailmorewashington-- many federal reserve officials said the central bank may raise interest rates “fairly soon” and “potentially at an upcoming meeting” to head off a pickup in inflation, leaving the door firmly open to a march rate hike, according to minutes of the fed’s jan. 31-feb. 1 meeting.fed policymakers said such a step could be necessary if the advances of the labor market ...






fed hike 'fairly soon' puts march in play


closeskip in skipxembedxshare stocks moved mostly lower as investors waited for clarity on interest rates. video provided by thestreet newslookminutes of the economists planned to scour the minutes of the federal reserve's early february meeting for signals of a possible interest rate hike in march.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 57 connect 12 linkedinemailmorewashington-- many federal reserve officials said the central bank may raise interest rates “fairly soon” and “potentially at an upcoming meeting” to head off a pickup in inflation, leaving the door firmly open to a march rate hike, according to minutes of the fed’s jan. 31-feb. 1 meeting.fed policymakers said such a step could be necessary if the advances of the labor market...






next interest rate increase could come fairly soon


the federal reserve on wednesday released the minutes of its last policy-making meeting, and it wanted the world to know that the next interest rate increase could come “fairly soon.”so, there’s a good chance of a mid-march hike, especially since the fed says there is “considerable uncertainty” about the trump administration’s fiscal policy.things are about to get interesting between the fed and the white house.on the one hand, trump wants rates higher because savers have been punished by the fed’s extremely low interest rates.but on the other hand, the new president doesn’t want the fed to impede the economy with higher rates at a time when he’s trying to get pathetic growth higher.aggressive rate hikes will likely be seen by trump as political.fed chair janet yellen wil...






fed may raise interest rates ‘fairly soon’ thanks to economy’s continued growth


federal reserveinterest rates couldgo up ‘fairly soon’the federal reserve said the economy’s continued growth might persuade it to raise its benchmark interest rate “fairly soon,” according to minutes from its policy meeting released wednesday, even as it acknowledged that the ambitious policies proposed by the trump administration could have unforeseen effects on the u.s. economy.minutes from the fed’s jan. 31 to feb. 1 meeting show that the tax cuts and spending proposals floated by the trump administration loom large over the central bank’s decisions. although the fed chose to leave its interest rates unchanged at the meeting three weeks ago, investors widely expect two to three more rate hikes this year, perhaps as early as march, as the fed continues on its path of gradu...






federal reserve minutes point to rate hike 'fairly soon'


washington: many federal reserve policymakers said it may be appropriate to raise interest rates again "fairly soon" should jobs and inflation data come in line with expectations, according to the minutes of the fed's last policy meeting released on wednesday. the minutes of the january 31-february 1 discussion, at which the u.s. central bank voted to keep rates unchanged, also showed the depth of uncertainty at the fed because of a lack of clarity on the new trump administration's economic program. "many participants expressed the view that it might be appropriate to raise the federal funds rate again fairly soon if incoming information on the labor market and inflation was in line with or stronger than their current expectations," the fed said in the minutes. l...






federal reserve thinking and the potential for a march interest rate rise


janet yellen's warning that it'd be "unwise" to wait too long to raise interest rates had the ring of "so what else is new?"






trader may have pocketed $us20m on us interest rate position


the market for us short-term interest rates has been abuzz with talk of a winning, hawkish bet on federal reserve policy.






do the data support the federal reserve’s planned interest rate hikes?


the fed up movement’s full employment defenders at the senate hearing where federal reserve chair janet l. yellen testified on tuesday, feb. 14. (courtesy of fed up)both tuesday and today, federal reserve chair janet l. yellen is testifying before congress on the state of the economy and the fed’s broad plans on monetary policy. she didn’t make news in the senate hearing tuesday, and her pretty upbeat assessment of the u.s. economy, along with her suggestion that further interest rate hikes would probably be forthcoming, were consistent with recent fed announcements.and yet, although i don’t think the small rate hikes that i believe the fed is contemplating will significantly slow the economy’s growth, the rationale for them remains somewhat elusive. [yellen says march rate hike is on the






many fed officials see rate hike 'fairly soon', minutes show


federal reserve officials expressed confidence they can raise interest rates gradually, while a hike "fairly soon" might be appropriate to avoid the risk of an overheated economy, minutes of federal open market committee's latest meeting showed."many participants expressed the view that it might be appropriate to raise the federal funds rate again fairly soon if incoming information on the labor market and inflation was in line with or stronger than their current expectations or if the risks of overshooting the committee's maximum-employment and inflation objectives increased," the minutes released wednesday in washington said. before the minutes were released, traders are pricing in about a one-in-three chance of a rate increase when the fomc next meets march 14-15. photo: mike...






rates on hold as housing markets remain strong – domain


rba leaves rates on hold  latest economic data mixed  rate cuts soon still likely   most housing markets remain robust   at its first meeting for the year, the reserve bank has decided to again leave official interest rates at the record low 1.5 per cent. rates have now been on hold since august last year’s cut.although rates remain on hold, latest data continues to report a mixed performance by the national economy. the jobless rate has risen, planned construction and retail sales trends continue to weaken, and wages growth and inflation are at record low levels.full-time jobs are falling and the dollar continues to track at higher than desirable levels despite higher interest rates in the united states.housing markets have started the year positively with strong home auction clearance ra






reserve bank's hands tied as wage growth hits new record low


private-sector wage growth has slid to a record low of just 1.8 per cent, throwing into doubt budget projections and confounding the reserve bank, which would prefer not to have to cut interest rates again and run the risk of reigniting house prices.reserve bank governor philip lowe identified house prices as a block on further interest-rate cuts on wednesday, telling a business gathering that he hoped current rates would "generate stronger growth and we can avoid a further upward pressure on housing prices".rba concerned about high household debtvideo duration01:26previous slidenext slidevideo duration03:26lower growth, less revenuelower growth, less revenueleading australian economists are more pessimistic about the australian economy than the official treasury position. peter martin e..






mortgage rates are flat this week


(andrew harrer/bloomberg)mortgage rates held steady this week, pausing ahead of the federal reserve meeting and friday’s employment report.as expected, the central bank did not raise its benchmark rate when it met earlier this week. the news, however, e too late to influence freddie mac’s survey. the government-backed mortgage-backer aggregates current rates weekly from 125 lenders from across the country to come up with a national average mortgage rate.according to the latest data released thursday by freddie mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average was unchanged this week at 4.19 percent with an average 0.5 point. (points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) it was 3.72 percent a year ago.the 15-year fixed-rate average inched up to 3.41 percent with an average 0.5






us inflation surges, boosting chances of interest rate rise


us retail sales rose more than expected in january and consumer prices recorded their biggest gain in nearly four years, boosting prospects of an interest rate increase from the federal reserve next month.the economy's strengthening outlook was also bolstered by other data on wednesday showing manufacturing and mining production rising last month as the drag from lower oil prices fades. the reports came as federal reserve chair janet yellen appeared to put a march interest rate hike on the table. the us economy continues to strengthen. photo: peter foley "all things consumer show the economy is starting the year off with a bang," said chris rupkey, chief economist at mufg union bank in new york. "interest rates are too low and with an economy this strong rates need to be put on a preset co






mortgage rates are flat this week


(andrew harrer/bloomberg)mortgage rates held steady this week, pausing ahead of the federal reserve meeting and friday’s employment report.as expected, the central bank did not raise its benchmark rate when it met earlier this week. the news, however, e too late to influence freddie mac’s survey. the government-backed mortgage-backer aggregates current rates weekly from 125 lenders from across the country to come up with a national average mortgage rate.according to the latest data released thursday by freddie mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average was unchanged this week at 4.19 percent with an average 0.5 point. (points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) it was 3.72 percent a year ago.the 15-year fixed-rate average inched up to 3.41 percent with an average 0.5






fed holds, retains optimism on us economy


​the federal reserve kept interest rates unchanged in its first meeting since president donald trump took office.






fed leaves interest rate unchanged, points to improving sentiment


(reuters/kevin lamarque)the federal reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on wednesday, amid enduring uncertainties about where the tax cuts, infrastructure spending and other proposals of the trump administration could take the economy in the near future.however, the fed’s carefully worded statement hinted that expectations for economic growth and inflation are strengthening, as consumer and business sentiment improves and oil prices rebound from ultra-low levels in recent months.analysts had widely expected the fed’s key interest rate to remain at 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, following the central bank’s decision to lift interest rates at its previous two-day policy meeting in december. on wednesday morning, futures markets pointed to a 96 percent chance that the federal res






fed leaves interest rate unchanged amid uncertainty over trump policies


(kevin lamarque/reuters)the federal reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on wednesday, amid enduring uncertainties about where the tax cuts, infrastructure spending and other proposals of the trump administration could take the economy in the near future.however, the fed’s carefully worded statement hinted that expectations for economic growth and inflation are strengthening, as consumer and business sentiment improves and oil prices rebound from ultra-low levels in recent months.analysts had widely expected the fed’s key interest rate to remain at 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, following the central bank’s decision to lift interest rates at its previous two-day policy meeting in december. on wednesday morning, futures markets pointed to a 96 percent chance that the federal res






mortgage rates refuse to budge for the fourth week in a row


(andrew harrer/bloomberg)mortgage rates remain stuck in a holding pattern.for more than a month now, home loan rates have proved stubbornly constant. long-term bonds are usually the best indicators of whether rates will rise or fall. but despite the yield on the 10-year treasury fluctuating up and down, mortgage rates have been steady.wednesday’s release of the federal reserve minutes from last month’s meeting seemed to hint that the central bank could increase its benchmark rate as soon as its next meeting in march. however, most experts are predicting the fed will hold off until may or june. whenever the central bank raises short-term interest rates, a brief spike in home loan rates often occurs. [fed to raise interest rates ‘fairly soon’ as uncertainty about trump policies looms...






mortgage rates refuse to budge for the fourth week in a row


(andrew harrer/bloomberg)mortgage rates remain stuck in a holding pattern.for more than a month now, home loan rates have proved stubbornly constant. long-term bonds are usually the best indicators of whether rates will rise or fall. but despite the yield on the 10-year treasury fluctuating up and down, mortgage rates have been steady.wednesday’s release of the federal reserve minutes from last month’s meeting seemed to hint that the central bank could increase its benchmark rate as soon as its next meeting in march. however, most experts are predicting the fed will hold off until may or june. whenever the central bank raises short-term interest rates, a brief spike in home loan rates often occurs. [fed to raise interest rates ‘fairly soon’ as uncertainty about trump policies looms...






trump gets awkwardly lucky with latest jobs numbers


donald trump keeps getting lucky.first, of course, there was his election to the presidency. now, the first major economic report of his administration has gone his way.on friday the labor department announced that 227,000 new jobs were created last month. that was well above the 175,000 that were expected by the experts and a lot better than the 156,000 created in december.while the unemployment rate did rise 0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent, the labor department in its press release called that “little changed.”the good numbers create a dilemma for president trump, who has questioned the validity of government data, especially on unemployment. will the new president now embrace the figures he so recently hated? yeah, probably.as my readers already know, employment data — especially i






u.s. economy adds 227,000 jobs in january, but wage growth lags


the first employment report since donald trump began his presidency showed the economy chugging along at a healthy pace. companies added 227,000 jobs in january, according to government data released friday morning. the pace of hiring surp ed the expectations of economists surveyed by bloomberg, who had forecast an increase of 175,000 in nonfarm payrolls, roughly in line with gains in the previous year.the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8 percent, as more people joined the workforce to look for jobs.wages rose by 3 cents to $26, following a 6-cent increase in december. that increase e as somewhat of a disappointment, and suggested that the u.s. economy still has room to grow before almost all workers who want a job can find one."the fed and economists have been thinking that since we’re






yellen defends independence of federal reserve


federal reserveyellen defends an independent fedfederal reserve board chair janet l. yellen defended the central bank’s independence wednesday from republican lawmakers pushing for major changes in how the fed operates and how regulators oversee the nation’s banking system.during a house committee hearing, gop lawmakers challenged yellen’s handling of the economy and her leadership in implementing the 2010 dodd-frank act, a measure president trump and republicans have vowed to overhaul.“after eight years, there is zero evidence that zero interest rates and a bloated fed balance sheet lead to a healthy economy,” house financial services chairman jeb hensarling (r-tex.) told yellen.hensarling indicated that he would be pushing his legislation to limit the fed’s independence by requiring the






yellen defends fed independence, banking regulations


photo: j. scott applewhite, associated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1federal reserve chair janet yellen testifies on capitol hill in washington, wednesday, feb. 15, 2017, before the house financial services committee for the fed's semi-annual monetary policy report to congress. (ap photo/j. scott applewhite) lessfederal reserve chair janet yellen testifies on capitol hill in washington, wednesday, feb. 15, 2017, before the house financial services committee for the fed's semi-annual monetary policy report to congress. ... more photo: j. scott applewhite, associated press yellen defends fed independence, banking regulations1 / 1back to gallerywashington — federal reserve chairwoman janet yellen defended the central bank’s independence wednesday from republican lawmakers who are






yellen defends fed independence, banking regulations


photo: j. scott applewhite, associated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1federal reserve chair janet yellen testifies on capitol hill in washington, wednesday, feb. 15, 2017, before the house financial services committee for the fed's semi-annual monetary policy report to congress. (ap photo/j. scott applewhite) lessfederal reserve chair janet yellen testifies on capitol hill in washington, wednesday, feb. 15, 2017, before the house financial services committee for the fed's semi-annual monetary policy report to congress. ... more photo: j. scott applewhite, associated press yellen defends fed independence, banking regulations1 / 1back to gallerywashington — federal reserve chairwoman janet yellen defended the central bank’s independence wednesday from republican lawmakers who are






with persistent headwinds, indian it pay hikes to be significantly lower this ye


pay hikes may be as low as 2% in some cases and hover about 6% for most employees, shrinking from about 10% last year, say industry experts and hiring and staffing managers.






united states - is the usa murder rate at a high? specifically is it at a 45 yea


no, the us murder rate is not the highest it's been in the past 45 years.according to this page from fbi.gov, the murder rate and the total number of murders for the year 2015 is lower than every year between 1996 and 2008. note that the data for 2016 is not available yet; however donald trump has been quoted as saying this at least as far back as october 26th, 2016.while i was not able to find direct numbers for the time between 1970 and 1995, factcheck.org covered this topic after donald trump's october 26 speech. to quote their website directly:according to fbi data, the rate of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter in 2015 was 4.9 per 100,000 inhabitants. that’s lower than the rate in 1970, which was 7.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, and it’s lower than the peak rate of 10.2 per 100,000 inha






us: judge blocks texas cutting medicaid to planned parenthood


by: ap | austin | published:february 22, 2017 8:55 am participants in an anti-abortion rally hold signs and listen to a speaker in front of planned parenthood of the rocky mountains, in denver, saturday, feb. 11, 2017.  (ap photo/brennan linsley)a federal judge ruled tuesday that texas can’t cut off medicaid dollars to planned parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched republican efforts across the us to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider. an injunction issued by u.s. district sam sparks of austin comes after he delayed making decision in january and essentially bought planned parenthood an extra month in the state’s medicaid program.texas is now at least the sixth state where federal courts have kept planned paren...






wage data points to slower rate hike path, says mohamed el-erian


mohamed el-erian said lacklustre wage growth in the us may prompt the fed to pause before raising interest rates again.






business news roundup, feb. 15


photo: win mcnamee image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1federal reserve chairwoman janet yellen tells a senate committee that interest rates will go up again this year, but she was not specific about when.federal reserve chairwoman janet yellen tells a senate committee that interest rates will go up again this year, but she was not specific about when. photo: win mcnamee business news roundup, feb. 151 / 1back to gallery2 big mergerslook to be deadhealth insurer cigna announced tuesday that it will unilaterally terminate its $54 billion merger agreement with anthem after the deal was rejected by a federal judge. the news came shortly after insurance giants aetna and humana announced a mutual decision to abandon their $37 billion merger agreement.anthem spokeswoman jill becher said the compa






nz dollar falls as rbnz calls for decline


the new zealand dollar tumbled against the aussie after the reserve bank pushed for a lower exchange rate.






australia decoupling from global stocks as rate paths diverge


it all started so well for australian stocks this year, as they rallied to touch the highest since may 2015.that euphoria has ended abruptly as banks dragged down the country's main index, making it the worst-performing major asian stock gauge. the nation's biggest lenders are getting hit as concern grows that their share prices rose too far, too fast given uncertainty around changes to regulation in a low-growth cycle.for a market that's historically the most tightly correlated in asia with the msci world index of developed-market shares, a key difference is emerging in the outlook for banks. that's breaking down those lockstep moves.  p o: bloombergwith the us already two hikes into a rising interest-rate cycle, and bets for at least two more this year, australia's central bank is somewa






rbi monetary policy: how long can urjit patel stay accommodative


by jeanette rodrigues and manish modieconomists predict rbi governor urjit patel will deliver a final interest-rate cut wednesday to buoy growth, though the question is whether he will acknowledge it as the last of this cycle. the reserve bank of india will lower the repurchase rate to 6 percent from 6.25 percent, according to 34 of 39 economists in a bloomberg survey. the rest see no change. the rate will stay there at least until june 2018, a separate survey shows, ending a streak of seven reductions since january 2015. if patel omits any mention of "accommodative" policy, it would be the rbi’s first change in stance since june 2015. with deposits surging and economic growth seen dipping to a four-year-low after prime minister narendra modi’s cash ban, patel’s under pressure to lower bor






no party can accept cash donation more than rs 2000/source


in a welcome move, the finance minister arun jaitley on february 1 presented the union budget 2017 and announced that the maximum donation that a party can accept as a cash donation is rs 2000. he added that political parties will be entitled to receive donations by cheque or in the digital mode from their donors.the finance minister announced this decision after observing that political parties continue to receive most funds through anonymous donations.it is for the first time in the history of india, both the union budget and the rail budget have been merged with the general budget. there will be no separate rail budget, this time! this decision to present the budget together was taken with the aim to complete the whole process before the end of this financial year.you may also likejaitl