Fed hikes key rate and unveils bond trimming plans


The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday.

They said they expected Fed policymakers to hike interest rates one more time by the end of 2017 and then three times in 2018.

The Fed chose to raise rates again despite economic weakness at the start of 2017 and a further slowdown recently in inflation, which remains persistently below the Fed’s 2% target rate.

Gold mining companies were among the gainers as the bullion price rose 1% after the United States inflation data. So far, Trump has sent conflicting signals about whether he plans to nominate her for a second term.

Gold rebounded 0.2 percent to $1,262.89 an ounce on Thursday, after sliding 0.5 percent the previous day.

“Fixed-rate mortgages are tied to the 10 year Treasury yield, and many lenders have been anticipating the rate hike for several months, baking the rise in interest rates into their loan pricing”, Lebda said. Such an increase in the federal-funds rate – the interest rate the Fed controls that sets the tone for other rates – won’t have a huge impact on people’s budgets. The spread between the 2-year note and the 10-year note (https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/T10Y2Y), one way to chart the curve, narrowed to 80 basis points on Wednesday, close to a spread of 75 basis points from July 2016, representing the flattest level since 2007. In fact, 30-year mortgage rates have declined this year even after the Fed hiked rates in December and March.

They offer some fairly compelling historical evidence on changes in core consumer prices, which exclude food and energy. Annual inflation is running at 1.7 percent. WTI has fallen 19 percent this year from its peak on January 3. These rates are well below the Trump administration growth goals of 3 percent a year.

Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed’s balance sheet totaled under $1 trillion.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. As well as the progress of the USA economy, investors will be eager to receive an update on the central bank’s plan to trim its $4.5 trillion balance sheet.

The Fed targets 2% headline inflation growth, but it has struggled for years to hit that.

This breaking news story is being updated as more information emerges – please refresh the page for the most recent version. The Fed made a similar decision during its March meeting.

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, was the only member of the Federal Open Market Committee to vote against the rate increase.

Despite the increase – the fourth since December 2015 – interest rates remain near historic lows, but the move will mean higher borrowing costs for consumers.

US 10-year yields were last at 2.127 percent after touching 2.103 percent earlier, their lowest since November 10.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index lost 0.35 percent and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.12 percent.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.1 per cent while Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.4 per cent. Some gains are expected on Wall Street later, with the futures for both the Dow and SP 500 up 0.1 percent.


The yen rose 0.2 percent to 109.33 per dollar as of 7:55 a.m.in Tokyo, after climbing 0.5 percent Wednesday. It is roughly flat against the pound, at $1.2758.

Fed hikes key rate and unveils bond trimming plans