Fed hikes key rate for third time this year

Posted September 30, 2018

Furthermore, despite the drop in interest rates, the U.S. Dollar Index is rallying because the greenback too has become a highly desired safe-haven asset. You earn more interest on your savings. While measured labor productivity has tilted up in the a year ago, the growth in the labor force (and steady labor force participation rate) is exceeding the Fed's assumptions. US stocks shed 0.2 percent to 5,499.30 and Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 12,340.45.

ANALYST TAKE: "Today will also provide us with a host of economic projections from the Fed, shifting the focus away from the main decision and towards factors which will dictate how we see future rate decisions taking shape", said Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG. That would be consistent with the Fed's rate hikes slowing growth to forestall inflation.

According to Goldman Sachs, low unemployment could fuel more aggressive rate increases next year.

The jobless rate is now 3.9 percent.

That's because there's a lot more overhead with at physical branches, which have to pay for real estate, maintenance and staffing, Barrington said. France's CAC 40 added 0.6 percent, while Germany's DAX rose 0.1 percent.

In America, the Fed is now forecasting a further rate hike before the year's end and three more in 2019, plus another in 2020.

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"Most credit cards are not fixed rates. But at the same time I'm letting them do what they feel is best".

There have already been slowdowns some sectors in the U.S., such as home and auto sales, where higher interest rates have led some price-conscious consumers to pull back.

The US central bank is staying on course for tighter policy as unemployment heads toward multi-decade lows, wage growth accelerates to its quickest pace in nine years, and estimates point to annualized third-quarter growth exceeding 4 percent.

"When the rate environment is changeable like it is now, consumers really need to keep their eyes open", Barrington said.

"They came out very negative before it was even voted on", she said.

In 2015, after seeing the signs of economic recovery, the central bank put an end to "the extraordinary seven-year period".

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The affordability index assumes a 20 percent down payment.

During a late-afternoon news conference in New York, President Donald Trump said he was "not happy" about the Fed's latest rate hike. But they don't seem to be getting paid like it.

"When I use a word", Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean-neither more nor less". By eliminating that statement, they're suggesting that those goals are now within reach and that rate hikes will likely continue, per the AP.

Saudi Arabia's central bank said it was raising its reverse repo rate by 25 bps to 2.25 per cent, and its repo rate by the same margin to 2.75 per cent. Bahrain's central bank raised its interest rate on its one-week deposit facility to 2.5 per cent from 2.25 per cent. Kuwait said it is keeping its key discount rate unchanged at 3 per cent.

You might also see the interest rate on your student loans go up, although that'll depends on the type of loan you have.

The Fed rate hike isn't making the Euro weaker. "I'd rather pay down debt or do other things, create more jobs, so I'm anxious about the fact that they seem to like raising interest rates".

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