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Gold Settles Lower, Then Climbs as Fed Signals No 2019 Rate Hikes

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Dollar Drops to Six-Week Low on Dovish Fed Update

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Juncker: EU Unlikely to Decide This Week on Brexit Extension

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Fed Chief Powell Says Economy Sending 'Conflicting Signals'
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:16 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday said the economy has been sending "conflicting signals" that justify a "patient approach" on future changes to interest rates.

œWhile we view current economic conditions as healthy and the economic outlook as favorable, over the past few months we have seen some crosscurrents and conflicting signals, Powell said in testimony prepared for delivery to the Senate Banking Committee.

The Fed chairman did not give a ringing endorsement of the economic outlook, saying only that in January œmy colleagues and I generally expected the economy to expand at a solid pace in 2019.

œIn the last couple of months, some data have softened but still point to spending gains this quarter, he noted.

At the Fed™s last interest-rate committee meeting, Powell and his colleagues decided they will be patient about further interest rate hikes. For economists, this generally means no tightening at least until much later this year.

The market has actually priced in a small chance of an interest-rate cut by December.

Minutes of the Fed™s January meeting show two camps among top officials, with some saying they expected to raise interest rates if the economy remains healthy and the outlook favorable, while others noting it would take some sign of higher inflation to justify further tightening.

Powell did not take sides, saying only that œgoing forward, our policy decisions will continue to be data dependent and will take into account new information as economic conditions.

Powell told lawmakers that the crosscurrents and conflicting signals come in large part from financial markets.

œFinancial markets became more volatile toward year-end, and financial conditions are now less supportive of growth than they were earlier last year, he said.

In addition, œgrowth has slowed in some major foreign economies, particularly China and Europe, the Fed chairman said.

œAnd uncertainty is elevated around several unresolved government policy issues, including Brexit and ongoing trade negotiations, he added.

œIn January, with inflation pressures muted, the FOMC determined that the cumulative effects of these developments, along with ongoing government policy uncertainty, warranted taking a patient approach with regard to future policy changes, the Fed chairman said.

Powell said that the partial government shutdown will only have œfairly modest negative effects on the economy.

Source : Marketwatch

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Gold Settles Lower, Then Climbs as Fed Signals No 2019 Rate Hikes

Gold prices finished lower on Wednesday, giving back nearly all of their gain from a day earlier, then climbed in electronic trading, finding support as the U.S. dollar weakened in the wake of the Federal Reserve™s latest policy statement. The central bank left interest rates unchanged as expected and signaled no more interest-rate increases this year. Gold for April delivery was at $1,315.20 in electronic trading shortly after the Fed news. The contract had lost $4.80, or 0.4%, to settle...

Gold Settles at a One-Week High on Dovish Fed

Gold futures settled at a one-week high on Thursday, buoyed by the Federal Reserve™s dovish policy statement, though strength in the dollar kept prices in check. On Wednesday, after gold futures settled, the central bank left interest rates unchanged as expected and signaled no further increase in interest rates this year and just one in 2020, according to its new ˜dot plot,™ and the bank said it would end its balance-sheet runoff by September. The dollar declined shortly after the...

Dollar Drops to Six-Week Low on Dovish Fed Update

The U.S. dollar turned negative Wednesday, dropping to its lowest level since early February as the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its dovish policy stance. The central bank revised its expectation of interest-rate increases in 2019 to zero, from an expected two increases previously. It also downgraded its economic outlook, forecasting 2.1% gross domestic product growth in 2019, rather than 2.3% as expected before. The PCE inflation forecast was cut to 1.8% this year, from 1.9% before. The Fed...

Gold extends rally seen on dovish Fed even as dollar stabilizes

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