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Fed hikes rates into mediocrity

Senior US Investment Strategist Paul Eitelman analyses the latest Federal Reserve announcement on interest rate hikes.

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time this year Lacklustre real US GDP growth indicates that the US economy is continuing to underperform expectations The global cycle, the US unemployment rate and accommodative financial conditions warrant today’s hike We don’t believe the fundamentals are strong enough to warrant another hike this

June 15, 2017 Categories: Market Updates
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The Fed throwing caution to the wind? Not so fast.

The U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) hiked interest rates again today, raising the target range by a quarter point to 0.75-1.0%. We and, it seems, markets were fully expecting this move, particularly after Fed leaders provided very strong guidance last week that a March hike was in the pipeline.  The bigger issue for investors now

Mar 15, 2017 Categories: Investment, Markets

Fed Announcement: Did Yellen get it right?

The Fed raises rates. Finally. It’s been a long wait, but the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) finally raised interest rates by 25 basis points today, bringing the current rate to 0.5 – 0. 75%. The market took a small step back today, with the S&P 500® falling by 0.8%. We believe the rate increase has

Dec 15, 2016 Categories: Market Updates

No great surprise – Fed rate remains steady

This was the closest call we’ve seen in a while,but probably to no one’s great surprise the U.S Federal Reserve (the Fed) decided to hold rates steady at 25-50 basis points today. It was a move that was pretty well signaled September 12 when Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard remained steadfastly dovish in a speech,

Sep 22, 2016 Categories: Investment Strategy, Markets

Fed lift-off begins – a little

At long last, lift-off! Coming as no real surprise, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has just announced it will hike interest rates by 25 basis points. It’s a move anticipated by our team for months, and comes after the committee declined to raise rates in September due to market turbulence in August and concerns

Dec 16, 2015 Categories: Markets

Quantitative easing: Draghi and the ECB opt for moderate approach

So the divergence of central banks continues. On Dec. 3 the European Central Bank (ECB) took the widely anticipated step of providing more stimulus to the European economy. It’s the first move in a December pas de deux that we expect will include a hike in U.S. interest rates after the Dec. 15-16 meeting of

Global economic forecast: An inflection point, not a turning point

Investors have had a lot to digest in recent months: The U.S. Federal Reserve’s “will they/won’t they” dance with raising interest rates (they didn’t, as my colleague noted last week on the blog); wild stock gyrations in China; and tumult in U.S. equities. But what’s the big picture? Our soon-to-be released Global Market Outlook –

Sep 25, 2015 Categories: Markets

Fed keeps interest rates near zero a little longer

  OK, so we’ll wait a little longer for the U.S.Federal Reserve (the Fed) to finally raise interest rates. As you know, Janet Yellen and the Federal Open Market Committee held interest rates at near-zero today. In hindsight, the delay wasn’t all that surprising: The U.S. equity market decline in August and ongoing volatility—prompted in

Sep 18, 2015 Categories: Markets

Global economic outlook involves more than Fed news

So, the U.S. Federal Reserve has finally lost “patience.” That was the story March 18, when the Fed dropped longstanding wording about raising interest rates, opening the door for a rate hike as early as June. It was some of the biggest economic news in weeks, triggering a knee-jerk surge for U.S. stocks as investors

Apr 10, 2015 Categories: Markets

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