The Federal Reserve makes its interest rate decision and also releases new versions of its dot plot and economic projections and Chairman Jerome Powell will address the media afterwards. Follow along as MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting, William Watts, and Jeffrey Bartash live-blog the action and watch the video of the press conference.
So, while the EU might well be the apogee of constrained democracy, constrained democracy has many facets. Moreover, the model of constrained democracy existed on a national level before the EU was created. Indeed, the EU can be seen as the grotesque extension of a flawed system that was first developed within nation states after the First World War. For instance, the model of independent central banking was pioneered in Germany before being transposed to the EU much later on.
The New Zealand dollar rose after Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr painted a rosy picture of the local economy and described the 50 basis point cut in the official cash rate earlier this month as „a pre-emptive double cut“ to reduce the need to cut more later.
Signalling the possibility of more interest-rate cuts, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank will „act as appropriate“ to sustain the economic expansion as the trade war with China takes a toll on global growth and the U.S. economy.
As we look back over the decade since the end of the financial crisis, we can again see fundamental economic changes that call for a reassessment of our policy framework. The current era has been characterized by much lower neutral interest rates, disinflationary pressures, and slower growth. We face heightened risks of lengthy, difficult-to-escape periods in which our policy interest rate is pinned near zero. To address this new normal, we are conducting a public review of our mo netary policy strategy, tools, and communications—the first of its kind for the Federal Reserve.
EUROPE’S largest economy Germany could crash into recession as car manufacturing growth plummets and Brexit cripples exports, its central bank has warned.
Bundesbank said that lower consumer spending and softer overseas demand has caused the economic downturn.
The deposit is part of a package with the United Arab Emirates worth $500 million announced in April. Both countries pledged an overall $3 billion in aid, with the rest going toward fuel, wheat and medicine.
Yet Germany, which has a budget surplus and which can borrow money at sub-zero rates, doesn’t see the problem even as its own manufacturing sector contracts. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, minutes before Draghi’s press conference, that he has no plans to loosen the country’s purse strings because it’s not “necessary or wise to act as if we were in a crisis.”
in theory, lower interest rates will:
– Reduce the incentive to save. Lower interest rates give a smaller return from saving. This lower incentive to save will encourage consumers to spend rather than hold onto money.
– Cheaper borrowing costs. Lower interest rates make the cost of borrowing cheaper. It will encourage consumers and firms to take out loans to finance greater spending and investment.
– Lower mortgage interest payments. A fall in interest rates will reduce the monthly cost of mortgage repayments. This will leave householders with more disposable income and should cause a rise in consumer spending.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted that he had a „candid“ and „constructive“ talk on trade issues with People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang.
Mnuchin had earlier played down expectations for the meeting with Yi, which took place on the sidelines of a gathering of Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers in Fukuoka, Japan.
With the outlook of the global economy clouded by the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, finance leaders from the Group of 20 nations kicked off a two-day meeting Saturday in Fukuoka to discuss measures to guard against economic risks.
This week’s European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent’s top leadership jobs, but won’t decide the winners. Here is a guide to the horsetrading.
On 28 April, the UAE and Sudan signed an agreement to inject $250 million in Sudan’s central bank as part of the joint $3 billion grant.
On 21 April, Saudi Arabia and UAE announced a joint $3 billion aid to Sudan.
The two Gulf countries said they would deposit $500 million in Sudan’s central bank to ease pressure on the Sudanese pound. The remainder will go toward food, medicine and fuel.
Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, includes a version of this line in his stump speeches — as part of a slew of statements that he says demonstrates how the system is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful.
But his language is a bit slippery and exaggerated.
The audit of the Fed’s emergency lending programs was scarcely reported by mainstream media – albeit the results are undoubtedly newsworthy. It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913. The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) amended the Wall Street Reform law to audit the Fed, pushing the GAO to step in and take a look around.
Jordan’s government fell last year after spending cuts and tax rises imposed under an IMF programme caused rare public protests. The country, which sits between Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, is traditionally a regional diplomatic hub.
In the past Merkel has refrained from wading into monetary policy by defending the independence of the European Central Bank. President Donald Trump has been more pointed, arguing the Federal Reserve has been too aggressive in raising rates. In the U.K., the Bank of England has come under attack from pro-Brexit supporters over its grim economic forecasts about the costs of leaving the European Union.
The fortress walls of the Bank of England project an image of solidity, stability and impregnability. It matches the reputation it has tried to build over more than 400 years for sober analysis and, in recent years, steady impartiality.
Yet its defences have been infiltrated.
President Donald Trump’s economic advisor Kevin Hassett said Wednesday that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s jobs are not under threat.
Hassett told an NBC News reporter at the White House that Powell’s role as the leader of the U.S. central bank is completely safe.
That assurance followed Hassett’s appearance on Fox Business, where the head of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors said he is highly confident that the president is happy with Mnuchin.
(22.12.2018) President Donald Trump is opposed to the Federal Reserve’s rate hike campaign, but has never suggested firing Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday.
„I never suggested firing Chairman Jay Powell, nor do I believe I have the right to do so,” Mnuchin said via Twitter.
Adriene Hill: So there were reports over the weekend that Trump has asked his advisers if he can remove Powell. And I want to start with just that big picture question here: Can he?
Binyamin Appelbaum: It’s a really big and open question at the moment. The law says that he can only remove a member of the Fed’s Board of Governors “for cause.”
The Federal Reserve sees economic growth slowing next year.
Amid concerns about weakening GDP growth, President Donald Trump cannot afford losing that selling point ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.
(20.12.2018) „If I were running Trump’s re-election campaign, Jay Powell would be my worst nightmare,“ CNBC’s Jim Cramer says.
Cramer argues the president is right to worry about a possible recession in 2019 as a result of the Powell’s rate hikes.
(18.12.2018) The greatest threat to President Donald Trump’s re-election bid may not be the slew of investigations closing in on his Oval Office but a possible economic slowdown. And the president knows it.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell again Monday, the latest dip in the roller coaster markets amid the strain of Trump’s trade war, rising interest rates and worries about a slowing global economy.
Such a structure will be created in due time for both Iran and the traders for the national currency to be used instead of the intermediary currency, Iran’s Central Bank Deputy Chairman Akbar Kamijani said.
Lenovo has started supplying data storage systems to Azintelecom LLC of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan, Director General of Lenovo Global Technology Russia and the CIS Dmitry Parshin said at a conference dedicated to the launch of the first corporate blockchain platform Dec. 13, Trend reports.
Stability in Jordan is seen as fundamental to the region and in the wake of protests Amman was offered a $2.5 billion aid package from three Gulf backers.
More than $1 billion has already been deposited in the central bank by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, a Jordanian government source said in October.
Hemmati has traveled to the Russian capital at the head of a high-ranking delegation. Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei was also present in the Thursday meeting.
Luis Caputo’s surprise resignation after just three months in the role came as a nationwide strike by unions, called to protest Macri’s handling of the economy, shuttered public transit and ports across the country.
Former Economic Policy Secretary Guido Sandleris, who holds a doctorate in economics from Columbia University, was named as Caputo’s replacement.
The firefighters noted that the fire started on the fourth floor of the facility and covered at least 30 square meters within the building.
Abdonnaser Hemmati was appointed as the new governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), replacing Valiollah Seif, after the Iranian cabinet gave him a vote of confidence.(…)
The replacement came after the Iranian rial plunged to a record low against the US dollar on the unofficial market in recent days.
The Dutch central Bank, the DNB, mentioned Italy as a risk factor in its spring Financial Stability Report on Friday. „One of the main threats to financial stability is a sudden increase in interest rates due to growing risk premiums,“ the report said.
(18.10.2017) The move to oust Visco comes at a sensitive time for Italy and the euro area. The ECB, where he sits on the Governing Council, is due to meet next week to try and agree on how and when it can wind down its bond-buying program.
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions on Valiollah Seif, Iran’s central bank governor, and Ali Tarzali, the assistant director of the international department at the central bank of Iran. They were named “specially designated global terrorists” for allegedly assisting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force to support Hezbollah.
“All ministries, governmental organizations and firms are obliged to choose euro as the main currency used in reporting and publishing statistics, information and financial data,” read a Farsi statement published on the Iranian government’s website on Wednesday.