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Wall Street Sees ‘Devil’s Bargain’ in Powell’s Rate Comments

(Bloomberg) — Wall Street had already come to terms with prospects that the Fed would again raise interest rates by 75 basis points. But Wednesday afternoon was full of drama as traders first took hope from the central bank’s statement but then slumped following stern comments by Chair Jerome Powell. Stocks initially jumped and Treasury […]

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Stocks Steady Ahead of Fed Meeting; Dollar Falls: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Equities erased early gains ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting Wednesday. A gauge of the dollar fell and gold rose. European stocks and US futures were little changed after euro-area manufacturing activity sank to the lowest level since the first Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020 as record inflation and a weakening global economy […]

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Fed to Hike Big Again and Open Door to Downshift: Decision Guide

(Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve looks set to deliver a fourth straight super-sized rate increase with Chair Jerome Powell repeating his resolute message on inflation and opening the door to a downshift — without necessarily pivoting yet. The Federal Open Market Committee is expected to raise rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday to a […]

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Jittery Stock Traders Eye Four Days That Will Sow Market’s Fate

(Bloomberg) — Investors just got over a hectic week, contending with a blitz of earnings from some of America’s biggest companies as well as a pile of uncertain economic and geopolitical news. But what’s coming may be even worse. In the span of just seven trading sessions, there will be four major events that could […]

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Goldman Sachs Now Sees Fed Rates Peaking at 5% in March

(Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists said they now expect the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates to 5%, higher than previously predicted. The central bank will lift its benchmark rate to a range of 4.75% to 5% in March, 25 basis points more than earlier expected, economists led by Jan Hatzius wrote […]

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The Market Red Flags That Could Prompt the Fed to Slow Down on Rate Hikes

(Bloomberg) — Strategists are looking beyond the key issue of inflation for other potential market metrics that may cause the Federal Reserve to slow its aggressive cycle of interest-rate hikes. An ugly August reading for US consumer prices last week cemented bets on a third straight 75 basis-point move when the central bank hands down […]

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Fed Seen Raising to 4% in 2022 And Signaling Higher for Longer

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve officials will signal a more hawkish stance next week, with interest rates reaching 4% by December and staying high through 2023, economists surveyed by Bloomberg said. The Federal Open Market Committee will raise rates by 75 basis points for a third consecutive meeting when policy makers announce their decision at 2 p.m. […]

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Jumbo Fed Rate Hike Is in Play as Powell Sticks to Hawkish View

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said officials will not flinch in the battle to curb inflation, hardening expectations that they will deliver a third straight jumbo rate hike later this month. “We need to act now, forthrightly, strongly as we have been doing,” Powell said Thursday in remarks at the Cato Institute’s monetary […]

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‘A Lot of Red’: Powell’s Hawkish Pivot to Roil Asian Market Open

(Bloomberg) — Losses loom for Asia’s stock market on Monday as investors absorb Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s stern message that interest rates are going higher for longer in a painful fight against inflation. Futures shed almost 2% for Japan and 1.5% for Australia after a 3.4% plunge in the S&P 500 index. The slide […]

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‘Very Few Fear Fed’: BofA Says Cash Flooding Into Stocks, Bonds

(Bloomberg) — Investors continued piling into stocks and bonds, dismissing the risk of a more aggressive Federal Reserve as they expect it to ease the pace of rate hikes while inflation pulls back from its peak, according to Bank of America Corp. strategists. Global equity funds attracted $7.9 billion in the week through Aug. 17, […]

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Powell Gives Tech a Lift by Taking Larger Hikes off the Table

(Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve gave a much needed shot in the arm of technology stocks on Wednesday by ruling out an more aggressive rate hike path and reassuring the U.S. economy remains strong. The megacap tech complex — which includes Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc — rallied after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell […]

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Powell Seen Slowing Rate Hikes After May and June Front-Loading

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is likely to slow the pace of interest-rate increases after front-loading policy with half-point hikes next week and in June, economists surveyed by Bloomberg say. They expect the Federal Open Market Committee to raise its benchmark rate by 50 basis points at the May 3-4 meeting and do […]

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Fed Kicks Off Most Aggressive Global Tightening in Decades

(Bloomberg) –Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell fired the starting gun for potentially the biggest and fastest tightening of global monetary policy in years. His hawkish shift included not ruling out U.S. rate hikes at every meeting for the rest of 2022. Over the next week, about a half dozen other central banks, including the Bank […]

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From BlackRock to Vanguard, Managers Move Before Fed Acts

(Bloomberg) — While the financial world waits for the Federal Reserve’s announcement on monetary policy Wednesday afternoon in Washington, some of the biggest bond-fund managers have already made their moves. They anticipate Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will confirm their expectations, based on his determined signaling that rates will rise for the first time since 2018, […]

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Fed Signals Liftoff ‘Soon,’ Sees Asset-Reduction Start Afterward

(Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve signaled it will start raising interest rates “soon” and shrink its bond holdings after liftoff has begun, moving toward ending ultra-easy pandemic support to fight the hottest inflation in a generation. “With inflation well above 2% and a strong labor market, the committee expects it will soon be appropriate to […]

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