Archive for June 13th, 2018

Central Bank Watch

FOMC Statement and Forecasts

June 13, 2018

Today’s FOMC statement raises the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to a target of 1.75-2.0%, depicts a tighter labor market, upgrades the assessment of personal consumption recent conditions, and deletes the prior observation that market-based measures of inflation are low. The statement also introduces the assertion that inflation consistent with the Committee’s symmetric […] More

Deeper Analysis

FOMC Preview

June 13, 2018

The Federal Open Market Committee is widely expected to enact its second 25-basis point increase in the federal funds target of 2018 and the seventh since December 2015. That will bring the target ceiling to 2.0% for the first time since a cut in October 2008 just four weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. […] More

Central Bank Watch

Central Bank of Iceland Retains 4.25% Key Interest Rate

June 13, 2018

Iceland’s 7-day term interest rate has been at 4.25% since a 25-basis point cut last October, which culminated a 4-step easing cycle that included 25-bp cuts in May and June of last year and an initial 50-bp downmove in August 2016. These reductions exactly reversed three previous rate hikes done in June, August and November […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Awaiting FOMC Statement and Press Conference

June 13, 2018

The Federal Open Market Committee is widely expected to raise the federal funds target later today and will hold a press conference afterward. Markets will comb the new forecasts and dot-plot indication of individual FOMC member preferences regarding the future path of the interest rate. Market attention will remain on central bank policy. The European […] More

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