Japanese PM Abe says North Korean missile launch a grave threat to Japan
LONDON, April 29 North Korea's decision to test-fire a ballistic missile represents a grave threat to Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in London on Saturday.
ATLANTA, Ga., Nov 10 The economic conditions the Federal Reserve outlined last week for keeping interest rates low were not meant to be exhaustive and there could be scenarios in which the Fed could tighten even with unemployment "frustratingly high", a top Fed official said on Tuesday.
The Fed last week kept its benchmark interest rate near zero and outlined three economic conditions to watch: resource utilization, inflation trends and inflation expectations.
Dennis Lockhart, president of the Atlanta Fed, said the conditions listed were not "necessarily meant to be exhaustive, it is beginning to frame some sense of the conditions that would give rise to a change in rates."
Asked whether the Fed could tighten even with unemployment high, Lockhart said:
"Certainly there are scenarios in which the unemployment rate might still be at a frustratingly high level, in which still the overall conditions justify beginning to tighten."
Lockhart said asset prices are another dot to be connected.
"Going forward I intend to include asset price movements as one of the things to be watched," he said.
(Reporting by Kristina Cooke, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
April 28 A top U.S. financial regulator said on Friday that it closed the banking unit of First NBC Bank Holding Co, three days after the lender reported accounting issues dating back to at least 2015.