Yellen

Yellen, French Elections and Geopolitics Impacting Markets

April 10, 2017

Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks later today at an event at the University of Michigan. St. Louis Fed District President Bullard is the latest Fed official to suggest that the Fed may end reinvestment of maturing bonds in its portfolio later this year and thus begin the slow process of reducing the size of its […] More

Lots of U.S. Data and a Yellen Press Conference This Ides of March

March 15, 2017

The Federal Reserve will release new macroeconomic forecasts and ¬†is expected to raise the fed funds target at 18:00 GMT, and the press conference begins a half hour later. The dollar softened overnight by 0.6% against the peso, 0.5% versus sterling, 0.4% relative to the New Zealand and Australian dollars, 0.3% vis-a-vis the loonie and […] More

Ahead of the Yellen Speech

March 3, 2017

A slew of Fed officials have put a March interest rate hike firmly in play. Later today, both Vice Chair Fisher and Chair Yellen speak. There have been times before when the rest of the FOMC rhetorically seemed ahead of Yellen in itching to raise rates, but that seems unlikely in this instance. In fact, […] More

Fed and Flynn

February 15, 2017

Markets are trading on two themes primarily: How quickly¬†will the Fed raise interest rates again? Yellen’s testimony yesterday and separate remarks by Fed District Presidents Kaplan and Lacker suggest a third increase is coming pretty soon and need not be delayed pending clarification of fiscal and other policy changes. Yellen reprises her testimony before the […] More

A Valentine’s Day Full of Data and Other Developments

February 14, 2017

Market Movement: The dollar is higher against sterling but lower against the euro, Swissie, yen, and commodity-sensitive currencies. Oil and gold climbed 1.3% and 0.7% overnight. 10-year German bund and Japanese JGB yields rose a basis point, while the 10-year Treasury and British gilt slid a basis point. Japan’s Nikkei slumped 1.1%. Central Bank News: […] More

Markets Wonder What Yellen Will Say Today

November 17, 2016

Thursday is being dominated by Fed Chair Yellen’s morning testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. It will be her first remarks since Donald Trump was elected president on an agenda of more stimulative fiscal policy. She will not doubt be asked how such might affect the trajectory of central bank interest rates. Other […] More

Expected U.S. Inflation Moves Up

October 17, 2016

Janet Yellen’s wide-ranging speech before the weekend appears to have lifted price expectations. The Fed Chair seemed to favor letting inflation exceed target temporarily. Share and bond prices, as well as oil are generally softer. So is the dollar, sterling and some emerging market currencies like the Turkish lira. Turkey’s jobless rate jumped 0.5 percentage […] More

Rising Expectations of a Fed Rate Hike before Yearend

August 26, 2016

Today’s focus is on Janet Yellen’s address in Wyoming this morning. Ahead of that speech, markets are pricing more than even odds of a hike in the federal funds rate at one of the three remaining FOMC meetings this year and up to a 30% probability officials act at the September meeting. The dollar lost […] More

Stocks Fall and Dollar Rally Pauses

August 25, 2016

Today’s shocker came from the German IFO Institute’s monthly business climate index, which dived 2.1 points in August to a 6-month low of 106.2. Current conditions (down 2.0 points to a 7-month low) and business expectations (off 2.0 points to a 6-month trough) shared equally in this considerably weaker than expected outcome. Several data reports […] More

Modestly Softer Dollar

June 22, 2016

Dollar slippage so far today amounts to 0.6% against the Aussie dollar, 0.5% versus the kiwi, 0.4% relative to sterling and the euro, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen and loonie and 0.2% against the yuan. Janet Yellen will be reprising her semi-annual testimony on monetary policy and the U.S. economy, this time before the House Financial […] More

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