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US central bank raises interest rate to highest level in 15 years

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US central bank raises interest rate to highest level in 15 years

US central bank raises interest rate to highest level in 15 years

"We are moving our policy stance purposefully to a level that will be sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to 2%", said Federal Reserve chariman Jerome Powell.


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Interest Rates , Likely to Stay High , Despite Inflation Cooling. In December, price growth in the United States cooled, despite the economy continuing to show signs of weakness. NBC reports that inflation ended up at 6.5% compared to the same time in 2021. In line with expectations, month-to-month inflation fell by 0.1% in December. Despite the slowing rate of inflation, the Federal Reserve appears unlikely to pull back from its interest rate hike strategy. According to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, the central bank will not stop hiking interest rates until inflation gets closer to 2%. . NBC reports that the economy has been buoyed by a strong labor market. . According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment has reached a 53-year low, dropping to 3.5%. . However, companies are still facing difficulty in filling positions, as evidenced by the 10.5 million job openings in the U.S. The high number of openings has led to an increase in wages, however the Fed warns that the trend is likely to translate into higher prices for consumers. To be clear, strong wage growth is a good thing. But for wage growth to be sustainable, it needs to be consistent with 2% inflation, Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chair, via NBC

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Fed Must Be Free of 'Political Control', to Curb Inflation, , Powell Says. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made the comments on Jan. 10. Powell stated that preventing further price increases might mean the Fed makes decisions that are disliked by either side of the political aisle. Price stability is the bedrock of a healthy economy and provides the public with immeasurable benefits over time. , Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News. But restoring price stability when inflation is high can require measures that are not popular in the short term as we raise interest rates to slow the economy, Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News. The absence of direct political control over our decisions allows us to take these necessary measures without considering short-term political factors, Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News. Powell made the comments as part of a speech focused on the autonomy of a nation's central bank. Powell also responded to calls for the Fed to enact policy that would address climate change. [The Federal Reserve should] stick to our knitting and not wander off to pursue perceived social benefits that are not tightly linked to our statutory goals and authorities, Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News. The Federal Reserve has directed major banks to take stock of how prepared the institutions would be in the event of a major climate crisis. Decisions about policies to directly address climate change should be made by the elected branches of government and thus reflect the public’s will as expressed through elections, Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News. But without explicit congressional legislation, it would be inappropriate for us to use our monetary policy ... , Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News. ... or supervisory tools to promote a greener economy or to achieve other climate-based goals. , Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News. We are not, and will not be, a ‘climate policymaker.’, Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, via NBC News

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Federal Reserve Poised to Announce Latest Interest Rate Hikes Despite Slowing Inflation [Video]

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Federal Reserve Poised to Announce , Latest Interest Rate Hikes , Despite Slowing Inflation. On February 1, the Federal Reserve will announce its latest interest rate increase which comes amid the central bank's aggressive campaign to slow inflation. NBC reports that while there are signs that inflation is slowing, some indications suggest the economy is reflating, which could also send prices up. . We expect Fed Chair Powell will insist on the need hold policy at a restrictive level for some time to bring inflation down toward the 2% target, Gregory Daco, chief economist at Ernst & Young’s EY-Parthenon consultancy, via NBC. Powell will also stress that history cautions strongly against prematurely loosening policy, Gregory Daco, chief economist at Ernst & Young’s EY-Parthenon consultancy, via NBC. Powell will also stress that history cautions strongly against prematurely loosening policy, Gregory Daco, chief economist at Ernst & Young’s EY-Parthenon consultancy, via NBC. According to the 'Bloomberg' index, financial conditions have eased to reach the lowest level since last February. These changes can be seen in declining average mortgage rates, which have retreated back to 6.13% after hitting a high of 7.08% in November. NBC reports that the rising price of commodities like oil and the improvement of the stock market have contributed to a sense of cautious optimism regarding the economy. NBC reports that the rising price of commodities like oil and the improvement of the stock market have contributed to a sense of cautious optimism regarding the economy. The positive changes have eased fears of a global recession, yet economists believe that the Fed will continue to clamp down to prevent rapid economic growth. According to Neil Dutta, the head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro financial group, the Fed's 0.25% interest rate hike may end up being too small. . The Fed’s story only works if the economy is slowing down. Sorry, but I don’t see it, Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro financial group, via NBC

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Latest Fed Rate Outlook , Has Mixed Impact , on US Stock Markets. Business Insider reports that U.S. stocks saw mixed results as investors reacted to the latest Federal Reserve interest rate outlook. Business Insider reports that U.S. stocks saw mixed results as investors reacted to the latest Federal Reserve interest rate outlook. On January 9, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly, along with Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, said the central bank is likely to raise rates past 5%. On January 9, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly, along with Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, said the central bank is likely to raise rates past 5%. According to Business Insider, they also said the Fed is expected to keep rates raised as a means of combating record-high inflation. CME FedWatch suggests 80% odds that another 25-basis-point hike is on the way in February. Investors are also eagerly anticipating the December Consumer Price Index report due out on January 12. That report is a key inflation measure that will have an influence on the central bank's upcoming policy decisions. . At the closing bell on January 9, the S&P 500 ended the day down 0.08%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 0.34% and the Nasdaq Composite went up 0.63%. . Meanwhile, Bank of America has warned that stock valuations remain too high and the market risks dropping by as much as 30%. Meanwhile, Bank of America has warned that stock valuations remain too high and the market risks dropping by as much as 30%. Morgan Stanley has warned that the S&P 500 could slip an additional 22%. . Morgan Stanley has warned that the S&P 500 could slip an additional 22%. . However, according to Moody's economist, the chances of the U.S. avoiding a recession are growing as the number of layoffs has been below expectations.

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