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Doug Noland: Washington Finance and Bubble Illusion

June 18 – Financial Times (Mohamed El-Erian): “In hiking rates and, more notably, reaffirming its forward policy guidance and setting out plans for the phased contraction of its balance sheet, the Federal Reserve signalled last week that it has become less data dependent and more emboldened to normalise monetary policy. Show More Summary


The Phelan Act of 1920 sounded simple in principle. It authorized the various Federal Reserve Banks, at that time twelve district branches operating independently, to charge progressive interest rates on the rediscounting activitiesShow More Summary

Big Banks Clear First Phase of Federal Reserve Stress Tests

The banking system has an even larger capital cushion than it did last year, which may increase calls for looser regulations.

Total Return With Floating Rate Bonds

By Robert Bernard – On June 14, 2017, the US Federal Reserve raised its Fed Funds rate for the second time this year. The new range will be 1 - 1.25%. The Fed also gave a roadmap on how they plan to unwind their $4.5 trillion balance sheet.

Biggest U.S. banks are strong enough to weather a recession, Fed stress test finds

All of the 34 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and continue lending, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The first round of the central bank's annual “stress tests” showed that as a group, the 34 big banks have gained strength thanks to a steadily...

All Bank Holding Companies Pass Quantitative Round Of Fed’s Stress Tests

The Federal Reserve’s annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review for banks did not present any problems to the 34 largest financial institutions in the U.S., as all of them comfortably cleared the quantitative phase of the 2017 stress tests.

Big banks are on the rise after passing their stress tests (JPM, GS, CS, MS, ALLY, BAC, KEY, WFC)

Most of the big banks are on the rise after passing the Federal Reserve's stress tests Thursday. After the markets closed Thursday, the big banks released the effect a hypothetical extreme recession would have on their balance sheets. The...Show More Summary

FCC intends to fine man $120 million for making over 96 million robocalls

20 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Federal Communications Commission officials say Adrian Abramovich of Florida made as many as a million illegal telemarketing calls a days, at times using lines reserved for hospital emergencies. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said at a hearing...Show More Summary

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Continued to Expand Modestly in June

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded for the seventh straight month and continued to expand at a modest pace in June. The composite index of... The post Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Continued to Expand Modestly in June appeared first on Shopfloor.

Kansas City Fed: Regional Manufacturing Activity "Expanded Further" in June

From the Kansas City Fed: Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Expanded FurtherThe Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the June Manufacturing Survey today. According to Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at the Federal...Show More Summary

Fed's Labor Market Forecasts Don't Make Sense

Tim Duy: Fed's Labor Market Forecasts Don't Make Sense, by Tim Duy: The Federal Reserve’s unemployment forecast doesn’t add up. It is neither consistent with the median of policy makers’ growth forecasts nor consistent with Chair Janet Yellen’s description of...

Does the Fed Have a Financial Stability Mandate?

From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond: Does the Fed Have a Financial Stability Mandate?, by Renee Haltom and John A. Weinberg, FRB Richmond: The 2007–08 financial crisis and the Fed's unprecedented response raised new questions about the Fed's role...

Legal Issues Making It Hard For Wells Fargo To Regain Customer, Investor Confidence

Wells Fargo’s efforts to win back customer trust in the wake of its fake account opening scandal saw another hurdle recently, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked the Federal Reserve to dismiss all of the bank’s board members. This comes on the heels of a class action lawsuit filed by several customers

Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 36 states in May

From the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for May 2017. Over the past three months, the indexes increased in 44 states, decreased in five, and remained stable in one, for a three-month diffusion index of 78. Show More Summary

Clarity Or Confusion At The Fed

Authored by 720Global's Michael Lebowitz via, “Are you kidding? Are you kidding? No one knows what you’re doing.” – Economist John Taylor in response to William Dudley’s (President Federal Reserve Bank of New...Show More Summary

The Real Reason For The Fed Hikes (And The Only Things That Will Stop Them)

Authored by Craig Wilson via The Daily Reckoning, Jim Rickards joined Boom Bust and host Lindsay France to discuss the latest monetary policy moves from the Federal Reserve. While the interview was held prior to the Federal Reserve’s quarter point hike to interest rates, all of the core items covered are even more relevant now. Show More Summary

One chart shows why a September rate hike is a 'hard sell'

The Federal Reserve's latest interest-rate increase has come despite evidence that inflation is actually moving further below the central bank's 2% target rather than toward it. One chart from Morgan Stanley offers some insight intoShow More Summary

Fed Losing Control: 100% Proof That A Massive Economic Meltdown Is Closer Than You Think

This past Wednesday we heard from the Federal Reserve with regard to monetary policy, and as I predicted they did raise the federal funds rate 25 basis points however, instead of yields rising, they are dropping. More than a year and...Show More Summary

New York Fed President Bill Dudley wants to raise rates for all the wrong reasons

William Dudley, president of the powerful Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a former Goldman Sachs partner, is pushing a dangerous economic idea. He argued in a speech this week that the Fed is forced to continue raising interestShow More Summary

Federal Reserve chair Fischer says more to be done to prevent future financial crises

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Federal Reserve Board Vice Chair Stanley Fischer on Tuesday warned that while the U.S. and other countries have taken steps to make their housing finance systems stronger, more needs to be done to prevent a future crisis. Fischer did not address the outlook for U.S. monetary policy or the economy...

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