U.S. added 235,000 jobs in February, likely giving the Fed the go-ahead for rate hike next week

  • March 10, 2017
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The U.S. economy added 235,000 net new jobs in February, beating expectations for 190,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7% from 4.8%, while the labor force participation rate edged up slightly to 63% from 62.9% in January. Economists had forecast 190,000 job gains, according to the median estimate of a Bloomberg survey. Many

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Inflation may provide more clues about future rate hikes than the Fed

  • March 14, 2017
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It may not be the Fed that signals a more aggressive rate hiking scenario Wednesday — it could be the inflation data. The Fed is expected to hike interest rates by a quarter point Wednesday afternoon, and it is likely to sound more upbeat about the economy. Its dual mandate — inflation and employment —

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Traders reduce view on U.S. rate hikes

  • March 23, 2017
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U.S. interest rates futures rose to session highs on Wednesday as traders dialed back their view on the timing of the Federal Reserve’s next rate hike following its quarter-percentage point increase last week. Federal funds futures implied traders saw 49.6 percent the U.S. central bank would raise rates at its June 13-14 policy meeting, compared

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February Producer Price Index

  • March 14, 2017
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February headline Producer Price Index 0.3% vs.estimates of 0.1%. Core PPI 0.3% vs. estimates of 0.2%. YOY PPI 2.2% vs. estimates of 2.0%. Core YOY PPI 1.5% vs. estimates of 1.5%. Inflation on the front end is now at 2.2% and is generally negative for interest rate pricing.

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Weather does not stop the Fed

  • March 14, 2017
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The Fed confirmed that its interest-rate policy committee will meet as planned on Tuesday and Wednesday despite the winter storm that has hobbled much of the Nottheast. The Fed is widely expected to raise the range of its benchmark federal funds rate by a quarter-point at the end of its discussions. The central bank will

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Bank lobbyists privately lower expectations for Dodd-Frank overhaul

  • March 23, 2017
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Bank lobbyists who opened the Trump era with great expectations for sweeping regulatory reform are privately striking an increasingly dismal tone as hopes for a quick and thorough rewrite of Dodd-Frank legislation dim. Lobbyists say they are facing the reality that bank deregulation legislation will have to wait in line behind other bigger priorities such

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Why Mortgage Rates Will Keep Rising — Regardless of What the Fed Does This Week

  • March 14, 2017
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The bond market believes the economy is gaining momentum. Long before Federal Reserve policymakers begin gathering in Washington today to debate what to do with interest rates, mortgage rates throughout the country have been heating up. Borrowing rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have climbed to 4.21%. That’s up from 4.09% in January and 3.54% in

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Oil prices tumble after OPEC report shows Saudi production rising

  • March 14, 2017
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Crude futures reversed direction and turned lower on Tuesday, after a monthly report from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries showed production out of Saudi Arabia cresting back above 10 million barrels of oil per day.

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Jobless claims climb 15,000 to 258,000

  • March 23, 2017
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The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last week jumped by 15,000 to 258,000 and matched a two-month high, with fresh revisions showing layoffs a bit higher in 2017 than previously reported.

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Fed Meeting – What you need to know in the markets Wednesday

  • March 15, 2017
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Wednesday will be all about the Federal Reserve. At 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee will release its latest monetary policy decision, which markets expect will see the central bank take its benchmark interest rate to 0.75%-1% from 0.50%-0.75%. This would be the third interest rate hike from the Fed since

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