The Federal Reserve™s decision in March to cease raising interest rates this year was driven by unease over the U.S. and global economies and surprisingly subdued inflation, according to minutes of the pivotal central bank meeting. Last month the Fed junked previous plans to raise a key short-term U.S. interest twice more this year. Instead, Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated the Fed would remain œpatient and its closely watched œdot plot pointed to no increases in interest rates for 2019. On the Fed™s list of worries: Sluggish U.S. growth early in the new year, a weaker...

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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi warned that the euro-area economy faces agglomerating risks including Brexit and the danger that trade protectionism could hurt confidence. Draghi said recent figures confirm a œslowing growth momentum as global issues dent sentiment. He added that the ECB will consider whether it needs to mitigate any of the side-effects from its...

ECB Keeps Policy, Rate Guidance Unchanged

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 19:01 WIB

The European Central Bank kept its policy unchanged as expected on Wednesday, maintaining interest rates at record lows and keeping its guidance for steady interest rates this year despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth. With the economy and inflation both slowing, the ECB has already backtracked on its plans to tighten policy this year, unveiling instead even more stimulus to prop up an...

In a widely expected decision, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee held the policy rate unchanged at 0.75% with a unanimous vote. The asset purchase facility remained steady at €435 billion as well. Below are some key takeaways from the monetary policy statement. Since the Committees previous meeting, the news in economic data has been mixed, but the MPC's February Inflation...

Federal Reserve officials, seeing slower growth and softer inflation ahead, said Wednesday they dont expect to hike interest rates much at all over the next three years. The new median forecast of Fed officials in the œdot-plot graph was for no more interest-rate hike this year. The central bankers see one move in 2020. The prior Fed forecast was for two rate hikes this year and then...

Reuters reported that the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the Fed doesnt see problems in the U.S. economy that warrant an immediate change in its policy and it will be careful not to shock financial markets as it stabilizes its bond portfolio. As per the news report, the Fed Chair appeared for a speech at the Stanford University during late-Friday and said, œWith nothing in the...

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