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Tug of war between markets and Fed continues

Will the Fed prevail this time?


You don’t need a PhD anymore to read Fed statements

WASHINGTON: The Fed’s policy statements grew so complicated after the recession that standard gauges of readability suggested people needed four years of university or more to understand them.


Trump taps Fed centrist Powell to lead US central bank

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped Fed Governor Jerome Powell to become head of the U.S. central bank, breaking with precedent by denying Janet Yellen a second term but signaling a continuation of her cautious monetary policies.


Fed may raise rates as soon as next spring, Yellen suggests

WASHINGTON: The US Federal Reserve will probably end its massive bond-buying programme this fall, and could start raising interest rates around six months later, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, in a comment which sent stocks and bonds tumbling.


All eyes on Fed as stock market pines for rate cut

NEW YORK: The Federal Open Market Committee meeting next week is shaping up as a pivotal one for Wall Street, with stocks primed for a selloff should the Fed fail to take an even more dovish tilt after policymakers raised expectations for a rate cut in recent weeks.


Fed policymakers do not want rate cuts, not even the doves

NEW YORK: Barely a week after the U.S. Federal Reserve called a halt to interest rate hikes, policymakers are now battling a view growing in financial markets, and embraced by the Trump administration, that the Fed will need to cut rates before long.


US dollar won’t automatically rise after Fed rate hike

AMID the fears and speculation about the trend of markets from an upcoming impending Fed rate hike, many assume the US dollar will get even stronger, and as a result money will leave emerging markets.


Rally shows Fed tapering a bigger risk than assumed

Judging by the strength of the relief rally seen after the US Federal Reserve did nothing last week, some Asian emerging markets could be far more vulnerable than earlier thought when the Fed finally does decide to slow its dollar printing presses.


Expect bumps in markets as Fed gets less precise on policy plan

NEW YORK: The Federal Reserve should expect more "bumps in the road" as financial markets react to increasingly less precise communications from the US central bank, a top Fed policymaker said on Tuesday.


So when would it be appropriate for the Fed to cut rates?

So when would it be appropriate for the Fed to act? The Federal Open Market Committee might answer that question at its June 18-19 meeting. Money markets price a cut by July; by end-2019 they reckon the Fed will have cut twice at least.