Entries filed under 'Federal Reserve'

    The Fed: October Jobs Report Starts Countdown to "Liftoff"

    November 6, 2015 1:25 PM by Zane Brown

    Strong growth in nonfarm payrolls, and an uptick in hourly earnings, increases the odds of a December rate hike. 

    Will we have “liftoff” at last? The 271,000 monthly gain in nonfarm payrolls in the U.S. employment report for October, released Friday, November 6 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, boosts the likelihood of a rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) at its December policy meeting. 

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    Did the Fed Just Put a December Rate Hike on the Calendar?

    October 28, 2015 4:30 PM by Zane Brown

    A change in language in the U.S. Federal Reserve's October policy statement may signal a greater probability of a December tightening. 

    The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) sent financial markets a “save the date” card on October 28. The date in question is December 15–16, when the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Fed’s policy-setting arm, will hold its next  policy meeting. 

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    Labor Surprise

    October 2, 2015 5:45 PM by Zane Brown

    September’s disappointing jobs report stifles expectations of a Federal Reserve rate hike this year. 

    The September jobs report was both disappointing and alarming to many investors. Expectations were for another month of 200,000 or more new jobs, with confidence that the weak August report would be adjusted higher. Neither expectation was met, however.

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    The Fed: Are Yellen and Markets on the Same Page?

    September 25, 2015 4:04 PM by Zane Brown

    The U.S. Federal Reserve chair attempted to clarify the central bank’s policy stance on September 24. Investors appear far from convinced. 

    In an academic speech at the University of Massachusetts, on September 24, U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) chairwoman Janet Yellen did her best to provide clarity on the direction of Fed policy. The fine-tuning came one week after a communiqué from the Fed’s policy-setting arm, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), on September 17—and a subsequent press conference from Yellen—that left investors dazed and confused.

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    The Fed Scrubs a September "Liftoff"

    September 17, 2015 3:38 PM by Zane Brown

    Besides leaving the fed funds rate unchanged, the U.S. central bank also signaled a measured pace to future interest-rate hikes. 

    The long-awaited rate increase—“liftoff”— will have to wait at least another month. Although low unemployment (5.1%) and improving labor conditions provided justification for the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) to raise rates, the central bank’s policy-setting arm, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), opted to delay taking the first step to policy normalization at the conclusion of its policy meeting on September 16–17.  

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