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  • Fed to keep policy easy, stay patient as US economy revives Feb 25, 2021 07:20 AM IST

    Fed to keep policy easy, stay patient as US economy revives

    Testifying on Wednesday before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, Fed Chair Jerome Powell emphasized the U.S. central bank's promise to get the economy back to full employment, with little worry about inflation unless prices begin rising in a persistent and troubling way.

  • Gold scales one-week high on US stimulus bets, Fed decision awaited Dec 16, 2020 10:42 AM IST

    Gold scales one-week high on US stimulus bets, Fed decision awaited

    Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,855.71 per ounce by 0323 GMT, after hitting its highest since Dec. 9 at $1,857.89. U.S. gold futures rose 0.3% to $1,860.30.

  • Fed expected to raise economic forecasts, extend vow to keep rates low Sep 16, 2020 01:45 PM IST

    Fed expected to raise economic forecasts, extend vow to keep rates low

    The two-day meeting is the US central bank's first under a newly adopted framework that promises to shoot for inflation above 2 percent to make up for periods, such as now, where it is running below that target.

  • Gold steadies on virus fears, stimulus bets; Fed meet eyed Jul 29, 2020 08:02 AM IST

    Gold steadies on virus fears, stimulus bets; Fed meet eyed

    Spot gold was little changed at $1,957.84 per ounce by 0049 GMT. Prices hit an all-time of $1,980.57 on Tuesday before retreating after investors booked profits and the dollar regained some ground.

  • Fed officials warn on 'thick fog' ahead for US economy as recovery concerns deepen Jul 15, 2020 09:00 AM IST

    Fed officials warn on 'thick fog' ahead for US economy as recovery concerns deepen

    One by one, Fed policymakers have become more downbeat in recent days, resetting expectations on the recovery and cautioning that recent improvements in economic data such as job gains may be fleeting.

  • World shares, US futures rise ahead of Fed policy decision Jun 10, 2020 05:52 PM IST

    World shares, US futures rise ahead of Fed policy decision

    In a virtual news conference, Fed chief Jerome Powell is expected to convey the message that the US economy remains in need of extraordinary help despite recent despite glimmers of a possible recovery, including a government report Friday showing that employers added rather than slashed jobs in May.

  • Wall Street Week Ahead: Bond investors look for Fed to justify steepening yield curve Jun 06, 2020 08:00 PM IST

    Wall Street Week Ahead: Bond investors look for Fed to justify steepening yield curve

    The meeting will follow a surprise gain in the Labor Department's closely watched jobs report on Friday that pushed benchmark 10-year Treasury yields to the highest since early March.

  • Fed meeting points to dollar weakness. How much will the Indian rupee benefit? Apr 30, 2020 08:44 AM IST

    Fed meeting points to dollar weakness. How much will the Indian rupee benefit?

    On balance, we are looking at a gradual depreciation of the Indian currency. COVID-19 will be the difference between the rupee at 76 to a dollar or 85 in another six months.

  • The one chart that shows why stocks rebounded Apr 20, 2020 10:27 AM IST

    The one chart that shows why stocks rebounded

    The correlation between central bank assets and stock prices is back on track

  • Fed moves to backstop funding for US companies as coronavirus fallout spreads Mar 18, 2020 07:56 AM IST

    Fed moves to backstop funding for US companies as coronavirus fallout spreads

    The Fed in the morning announced it would reopen the so-called Commercial Paper Funding Facility to underwrite the short-term loans that companies often use to pay for their operations, a key financial market backstop first set up 2007 to 2009.

  • Coronavirus: With economic risks 'evolving,' Fed policymakers assess what's next Mar 06, 2020 11:20 AM IST

    Coronavirus: With economic risks 'evolving,' Fed policymakers assess what's next

    Companies are increasingly responding by having employees work from home, reduce travel, and take other steps to curb the virus' spread, though such measures also could slow economic activity.

  • Fed seen cutting rates amid virus threat, low inflation Feb 28, 2020 09:03 AM IST

    Fed seen cutting rates amid virus threat, low inflation

    Traders of futures contracts tied to the U.S. central bank's policy rate are already betting on it. On Thursday they were pricing in about a 76% chance of the Fed starting to cut rates as soon as next month and trimming an extraordinary three-fourths of a percentage point by September, according to CME Group's FedWatch.

  • Fed likely to keep interest rates on hold, focus on balance sheet Jan 29, 2020 11:42 AM IST

    Fed likely to keep interest rates on hold, focus on balance sheet

    Since the Fed cut rates in October, its third and final reduction in borrowing costs in 2019, policymakers have agreed to keep their target policy rate in the current range of 1.50% and 1.75% until there is some significant change in the economic outlook.

  • Chart of the Day | The close correlation between central bank balance sheet expansion and equity market performance Jan 15, 2020 10:19 AM IST

    Chart of the Day | The close correlation between central bank balance sheet expansion and equity market performance

    The chart shows the markets took off when the central banks started expanding their assets through the Quantitative Easing (QE) programmes.

  • Fed on hold, but will financial risks matter? Jan 14, 2020 08:22 AM IST

    Fed on hold, but will financial risks matter?

    Atlanta Federal Reserve bank president Raphael Bostic said that for him there is a "high bar" for any rate increase until inflation moves convincingly to the Fed's 2% target, and that evidence of excessive borrowing or financial instability in the economy would have to be "systemic" for him to think otherwise.

  • Fed faces new trade-offs, hunts for new model, in low-rate world Jan 06, 2020 07:51 AM IST

    Fed faces new trade-offs, hunts for new model, in low-rate world

    At a three-day conference in San Diego on an array of economic topics, one stood out: The textbook view of central banking, where low unemployment produces unwanted inflation that monetary policymakers can counter with interest-rate hikes, is at least badly hobbled if not fully broken.

  • India’s macros need more Operation Twists to breathe freely Dec 24, 2019 12:28 PM IST

    India’s macros need more Operation Twists to breathe freely

    High cost of capital is a big spoiler for investors. RBI’s latest auction comes as a whiff of fresh air

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