Fed says economy improving; September rate hike in view

Matthew Wright

Livewire Markets

"The U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the door open for a possible interest rate hike when central bank policymakers next meet in September. Following their latest two-day policy meeting, Fed officials said they felt the economy had overcome a first-quarter slowdown and was "expanding moderately" despite a downturn in the energy sector and headwinds from overseas. They nodded in particular to the "solid job gains" seen in recent months. "On balance, a range of labor market indicators suggest that underutilization of labor resources has diminished since early this year," the Fed said in a policy statement that kept rates unchanged. That language and other small changes in the statement mark an upgrade in the central bank's view of labor conditions since its last policy meeting in June, when it said labor slack had "diminished somewhat." The Fed also said it now only needs to see "some" more improvement in the labor market, a qualification that analysts said strongly suggested it believes the recent solid U.S. job gains will continue." (VIEW LINK)


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Matthew Wright
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Livewire Markets

Matt has over 10 years’ experience in financial markets and is currently a successful Proprietary Trader with Epoch, trading interest rate and equity derivatives. Matt managed relative value interest rate books for large SFE locals in his early...

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