Tuesday, 22 May 2018
New York
Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, Says Inflation Close to Target
Thursday, 3 May 2018 01:13 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal ReserveThe FedEkonomi AS

Federal Reserve officials left interest rates unchanged, acknowledging inflation is close to target without indicating any intention to veer from their gradual path of interest-rate increases.

œInflation on a 12-month basis is expected to run near the committee's symmetric 2 percent objective over the medium term, the policy-settingFederal Open Market Committee said in a statement Wednesday in Washington. œThe committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant further gradual increases in the federal funds rate.

Officials may have signaled their willingness to allow inflation to exceed their 2 percent goal somewhat by adding a reference to the œsymmetric nature of their target.

The FOMC also noted the weakness in growth in the first quarter, removing a reference in the in March statement that the economic outlook had œstrengthened in recent months. They balanced that out by noting strong growth in business investment.

U.S. economic growth cooled in the first quarter to an annualized pace of 2.3 percent after averaging higher than 3 percent in the previous three quarters.

The decision to maintain the federal funds target range at 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent was a unanimous 8-0. This FOMC meeting won't be followed by a press conference.

The Fed's commentary is unlikely to change investor expectations that policy makers will raise interest rates for the second time this year when they re-convene in June.

Officials left unchanged their view that near-term risks to the economic outlook appeared œroughly balanced. That suggests policy makers are not ready to steepen dramatically the path they've projected for slowly raising rates.

The Fed lifted its benchmark rate three times last year -- while also beginning to slowly trim its balance sheet. Officials indicated in March they expect a total of three or four hikes in 2018.

The FOMC's two-day meeting followed the release of data Monday that showed inflation measured by the central bank's preferred gauge had hit its 2 percent target after being below that goal for almost every month since April 2012.

Policy makers aim to keep inflation near target while ensuring maximum sustainable employment and preserving a U.S economic expansion that is now the second longest on record.

Year-on-year growth in the personal consumption expenditures price index reached 2 percent in March, up from 1.7 percent in February. The jump was driven more by year-ago price drops in telecoms and pharmaceuticals than by recent price gains.

Source : Bloomberg

Powell downplays risks to emerging market economies from Fed policies...
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 14:34 WIB

Ekonomi pasar negara berkembang harus dapat mengatur dirinya seiring ekonomi pasar negara maju bergerak menuju kebijakan moneter yang lebih ketat, kata pimpinan Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, pada har...

Australia Holds Interest Rate as Employment Bonanza Winds Down...
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 12:43 WIB

Australia mempertahankan suku bunga utamanya tidak berubah pada rekor terendah Selasa - seperti yang diharapkan - di tengah perlambatan jumlah perekrutan. Gubernur Reserve Bank Philip Lowe mempertaha...

SNB Jordan Says 'Premature' to Tighten Monetary Conditions...
Friday, 27 April 2018 15:28 WIB

Depresiasi Swiss franc adalah "melegakan" bagi ekonomi, tetapi masih terlalu dini untuk menyesuaikan kebijakan, Presiden Swiss National Bank (SNB) Thomas Jordan mengatakan. Setelah bertahun-tahun men...

BOJ Maintains Policy Rate, Keeps 10-Year Bond Yield Target...
Friday, 27 April 2018 10:17 WIB

Bank of Japan mempertahankan target imbal hasil obligasi 10-tahun JGB sekitar nol persen setelah pertemuan Jumat. BOJ menjaga tingkat keseimbangan kebijakan di -0.100%. Semua ekonom yang disurvei me...

Draghi Recognizes Weaker Momentum as ECB Affirms Solid Outlook...
Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:59 WIB

Mario Draghi mengakui bahwa momentum melemah pada awal tahun bahkan ketika ia mengisyaratkan keyakinannya pada kesehatan ekonomi kawasan euro. "Informasi yang masuk sejak awal Maret menunjukkan beber...

Gold pares losses after tapping its lowest level of the year

Gold futures settled Monday with only a modest...

These 3 Drivers Will Support Gold In The Short-Term - ING

Even as gold continues to trade below $1,300,...

Hong Kong, China Stocks Rise After China-US Agreement (Review)

Hong Kong and mainland stocks kicked the week...

Spot Gold Erases Losses as Euro Bounces, Silver Climbs

Gold wiped out earlier losses to trade little changed as the euro rallied against the dollar. Treasury yields climbed 1 basis point. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.1% to $1,294.02/oz at 9:52am in London. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index -0.2%. Metal...

Most Asian Stocks Fall as Shares From Japan to Vietnam Decline

Most Asian stocks declined as Japanese shares fell while Taiwan™s benchmark gauge failed to hold on to gains as investors weighed easing trade tensions between the U.S. and China. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.2 percent to 174.46...

Dollar Slips as Rally Loses Momentum

The dollar fell on Tuesday from a five-month high, losing momentum after a broad rally prompted by rising U.S. bond yields and relief at an easing in U.S.-China trade tensions. The dollar's index against a basket of six major currencies last...