Federal Reserve defies Trump and leaves interest rates unchanged

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The Federal Reserve may be poised to unleash its bazooka to jumpstart a trade war ravaged USA economy this year.

The news put further pressure on the Dollar, with markets now having to seriously contend with the prospect of managerial instability at one of the world's most important financial institutions.

The Fed left its key interest rate unchanged in a range of 2.25% to 2.5%, where it has been since December.

The dollar fell and benchmark USA and euro zone government bonds fell after the Fed's move.

His comments came a day after it emerged Trump had discussed demoting Powell.

"If (Powell) can pitch this as realigning nominal rates in light of the low inflation environment, it is much less of a shock", Reinhart said.

But to us, this is something to watch as it looks as though the U.S. President is trying to force the Fed into easing monetary conditions to boost the domestic economy to serve his political future. "They're going to be making an announcement very soon".

The Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018.

On Tuesday, stocks rose and bond yields dipped after the central bank issued its statement, likely reflecting expectations of lower rates ahead.

Trump has publicly berated Powell and the Fed and explicitly called on the central bank to cut rates, an unprecedented move that challenges the Fed's supposed independence from political interference.

The US Federal Reserve primed markets for an interest rate cut last night by warning of greater uncertainty in the economy. It looks to us that Trump is not so much conserned about the relative advantage to the European Union economy of ECB policy, rather he is using the ECB example as a way to get a message across to his own central bank.

"Let's see what he does", responded the US president, when asked whether he would oust Powell, whom Trump had appointed, denying Powell's predecessor, Janet Yellen, a second term. The central bank kept rates unchanged. A specialist broker can deliver you an exchange rate closer to the real market rate, thereby saving you substantial quantities of currency.

James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve's St Louis regional branch, pictured in May 2019, said he wanted to see the federal funds rate cut by 25 basis points.

"The FOMC did nothing". Furthermore, the meetings between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC nations at the beginning of July are expected to result in an extension to the existing production cuts, adding to the price support.

The closely scrutinised post-meeting statement by the USA central bank dropped a reference to being "patient" with its policy course, and added that "uncertainties" about the outlook for the U.S. economy "have increased".

In his press conference following the end of the latest two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, Powell noted the concern that weak inflation could become "sustained", dropping his previous description of it as "transient". As expected, the central bank's policymakers made a decision to leave the Fed's benchmark interest rate unchanged.

Complicating the timing of possible rate cuts is an escalation of attacks on the Fed by Trump as he gears up for his 2020 re-election campaign.

The Fed thinks more workers yet could be drawn into the labour force for more hours, with Powell implying that the bank need not wait for a recession to cut.



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