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US Interest Rate Hike Looms Despite Inflated Balance Sheet - Vice Chairman

According to US Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, US Interest rates are expected to rise at some point in 2015 while the country’s central bank tries to normalize monetary policy in light of a large balance sheet.

Financials Weekly Notes: BNY Mellon, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank

Last week, investors reacted negatively to the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, but confidence levels improved early this week after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. Show More Summary

Retail loan investors return as rate rises near

By Lynn Adler and Lisa Lee NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retail investors are returning to bank loan mutual funds following seven straight months of outflows, with the Federal Reserve more clearly signaling an interest rate hike and higher secondary loan market prices starting to attract momentum buyers, investors and strategists said. Show More Summary

Fed's Dudley: Risk of raising rates too soon higher than waiting longer

(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve faces a greater risk of raising interest rates too soon than it does in waiting, a top Fed official said on Friday, citing a depressed level of current inflation. New York Federal Reserve Bank President...Show More Summary

Paper Argues For Fed To Hold Off On Rate Hikes Until Last Minute

Federal Reserve officials who want to boost short-term interest rates soon warn that if the central bank waits too long, rate increases will ultimately have to be more aggressive and potentially disruptive to the economy.

Fed’s Dudley: Markets May Force a More Aggressive Rate Hike Cycle

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley said Friday that while he sees no urgency to raise short-term interest rates, if unusually low bond yields don't rise the central bank could be forced to act more aggressively when it does start the process of boosting borrowing costs.

Fed’s Bullard: Delaying Interest-Rate Increase Much Longer Creates Risk

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard warned that if the U.S. central bank isn't raising rates by the end of September, it could be a bad thing for the economy.

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Slowed to a Near Crawl in February

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity slowed to a near crawl in February, mirroring the easingRead the Rest...

What Will Make Fed’s Yellen ‘Reasonably Confident’ in Inflation Rebound?

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated this week the central bank is considering a shift away from its pledge to be "patient" in deciding when to start raising short-term interest rates. And as the Journal's Jon Hilsenrath has suggested Ms. Show More Summary

Fed’s Williams Sees Door Open for Interest-Rate Increases Starting in June

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams said the door is open to central bank interest rate increases any time from mid-June onward. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Williams expressed a good deal of confidence in the U.S. outlook, especially on hiring.

Cleveland Fed’s Mester: Fed’s Focus is the Economy, Not Politics

The Federal Reserve and Chairwoman Janet Yellen make policy decisions based on economics and not politics, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester said Thursday.

Key Measures Show Low Inflation in January

The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI and the trimmed-mean CPI this morning:According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the median Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (1.9% annualized rate) in January. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% (1.3% annualized rate) during the month. Show More Summary

Kansas City Fed: Regional Manufacturing Activity Expanded "Slightly" in February, Weaker Energy Sector

From the Kansas City Fed: Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Rose Just Slightly The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the February Manufacturing Survey today. According to Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at...Show More Summary

Are The Bullish Breakouts Holding?

Yellen Shifts Gears The Federal Reserve hopes market participants have come to accept a rate hike is on the way, allowing the central bank to avoid another taper-tantrum type event. From The Wall Street Journal: According to Janet Yellen, If the economy continues to strengthen as the Fed anticipates and officials become more confident that [...]

The Federal Reserve Bank Is Bullish On US Economic Growth

The December jobs report marked yet another turning point for the US economy with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6%. The 0.2% drop saw the number of unemployed people dropping to 8.7 million – a decline of 383,000. During the course of 2014, the number of unemployed people declined by 1.1 million and the unemployment […]

Yellen: Fed to Issue Bank Commodity Rules This Year

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed plans to propose new rules this year relating to banks’ activities in physical- commodity markets, such as aluminum and oil.

The Fed’s Own Stress Tests Aren’t as Stressful as Its Tests of Banks

Today in monetary policy testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen was asked who performs stress test s of the Fed. The question came from Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina.

Janet Yellen Encourages More Levered Risk Taking in Markets Tuesday

By EconMatters Risk Taking Tuesday Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the Senate banking committee on Tuesday, and again the end result from the market`s point of view was to borrow even more money, and buy risk assets in the form of bonds and stocks. Show More Summary

The Fed’s Stress Tests of Itself Aren’t as Stressful as its Tests of Banks

Today in monetary policy testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen was asked who performs stress test s of the Fed. The question came from Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina.

Elizabeth Warren's Next Target Is The Fed's Top Lawyer

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) grilled Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday over public advocacy of deregulation by the central bank's top lawyer, Scott Alvarez. "The Fed’s general counsel -- or anyone at theShow More Summary

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