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Fed governor Brainard backs rate hikes in 'near term'

Dec 07 2018

WASHINGTON Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard on Friday backed rate hikes in the "near term" but said some economic tailwinds were fading and that interest rate policy will increasingly depend on the evolving U.S. outlook.

As markets turn, Fed says it is not fazed

Dec 04 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. Federal Reserve officials convinced the massive U.S. bond market has fundamentally changed in the last decade are about to test their commitment to that idea against investors who have begun betting against the U.S. central bank's ability to continue raising interest rates.

Fed's Williams expects further U.S. rate increases into next year

Dec 04 2018

NEW YORK One of the most influential Federal Reserve policymakers said on Tuesday he expects further interest-rate hikes continuing next year since the U.S. economy is "in really good shape," reinforcing the Fed's upbeat tone in the face of growing doubts in financial markets.

Inexplicable spikes still imperil Treasury market: Fed's Brainard

Dec 03 2018

NEW YORK Four years after the so-called "flash rally" spooked U.S. investors and regulators, the Federal Reserve remains concerned that the U.S. Treasury market still occasionally moves sharply without any apparent reason, a top Fed official said on Monday.

Trump-Xi trade armistice clears way for more market gains

Dec 02 2018

NEW YORK One of the darkest clouds hanging over Wall Street somewhat dissipated on the weekend when China and the United States agreed to shelve any new tariffs and reset discussions, at least temporarily halting an increase in their tensions over trade.

Wall St Week Ahead-Trump-Xi trade armistice clears way for more market gains

Dec 02 2018

NEW YORK, Dec 2 One of the darkest clouds hanging over Wall Street somewhat dissipated on Saturday when China and the United States agreed to shelve any new tariffs and reset discussions, at least temporarily halting an increase in their tensions over trade.

Williams backs new Fed approaches to targeting inflation

Nov 30 2018

An influential Federal Reserve policymaker appears to want the Fed to adopt wholesale changes to the way it targets inflation, urging a new framework that would encourage higher prices and provide more flexibility in U.S. economic downturns.

UPDATE 1-Williams backs new Fed approaches to targeting inflation

Nov 30 2018

Nov 30 An influential Federal Reserve policymaker appears to want the Fed to adopt wholesale changes to the way it targets inflation, urging a new framework that would encourage higher prices and provide more flexibility in U.S. economic downturns.

Fed's Powell, in apparent dovish shift, says rates near neutral

Nov 28 2018

NEW YORK U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell injected investors with a strong dose of optimism on Wednesday, saying that the central bank's policy rate is now "just below" estimates of a level that neither brakes nor boosts a healthy U.S. economy, comments that many investors read as signaling the Fed's three-year tightening cycle is drawing to a close. | Video

RPT-Fed urged to get more serious about U.S. corporate debt risks

Nov 28 2018

NEW YORK/ST. LOUIS, Nov 27 Bankers, executives and investors are warning Federal Reserve officials behind closed doors that record leveraged lending to companies from lightly-regulated corners of Wall Street could make any economic downturn harder to manage.

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