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Day: December 22, 2018

Wall Street’s view on Trump’s talk of firing Fed Chair Jerome Powell: ‘Utter madness’

President Donald Trump’s growing dissatisfaction with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell could be veering into dangerous territory: Late Friday, Bloomberg News, citing four unnamed sources, reported that Trump has discussed firing the central bank head. With the Fed embarked on a campaign to tighten monetary policy, the president has repeatedly attacked Powell, reportedly fearful that …

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Trump reportedly wants to fire the Fed chair, a move that could wreak havoc on the financial markets

President Donald Trump wants to fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for raising interest rates, according to a report, an unprecedented action by a president against the independent body, that could undermine confidence in the U.S. financial system already under the strain of a vicious equity sell-off. Trump has discussed firing Powell privately because of …

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Weekly Economic and Financial Commentary: Data Show Still Solid, but Moderating Momentum in Q4

U.S. Review Data Show Still Solid, but Moderating, Momentum in Q4 Despite some softer-than-expected data in recent weeks and continued volatility in the financial markets, the FOMC raised the fed funds rate 25 bps at its policy meeting on Wednesday. If, as we expect, growth remains solid in coming months, then we think our outlook …

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The Weekly Bottom Line: A Solid Year In Spite Of Headwinds

U.S. Highlights As widely expected, the Fed hiked rates once more this year. At the same time, the Fed’s dot plot moved lower over the forecast horizon. These changes are consistent with a softer inflation and economic outlook. Data came in broadly positive, with housing starts and home resales both defying weaker market expectations. Consumer …

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Volatility and Risk Aversion Continue to Dominate December

What a week for bears and volatility! The highly anticipated Fed event delivered volatility that brought down all the major indexes to their knees. The Fed raised rates, reduced their dot plot forecasts, but they signaled that quantitative tightening is on automatic pilot. Stocks dropped and safe-haven assets soared as concerns of tighter liquidity and …

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