Deeply divided Fed policy panel may be reluctant to forecast further cuts


The spike pushed the rate above their preferred range.

Powell, requested about Trump's newest assault throughout his Wednesday information convention, mentioned that he would persist with his coverage of not commenting on the criticism, insisting that the Fed would maintain conducting financial coverage with out regard to political pressures. "If participants are not seeing a deterioration in growth, how far are they willing to push?" By contrast, investors are projecting another quarter point reduction by the end of this year. Another possible dissenter is St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who may favor a half-point cut in the face of rising uncertainties.

In its policy statement accompanying its rate cut, the Fed failed to indicate whether more rate cuts were likely this year, though it did leave the door open for additional rate cuts if the economy weakens.

A small cut won't be applauded by Trump, who last week said the Fed's "boneheads" should reduce rates to zero or lower.

ENERGY: Oil prices rose again as traders continued to assess the impact of the attack on Saudi production over the weekend.

The committee could ratify the view that rates will be lower for longer by edging its estimate of the so-called neutral rate which neither spurs nor brakes the economy.

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"Will be carefully looking at economic data meeting by meeting..."

An index of manufacturing activity for August reflected contraction for the first time since 2016.

"The bank did highlight increasing downside risks from external demand and stated that it will pay closer attention to the possibility that momentum towards reaching its 2% inflation target will be lost", Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics said in a commentary.

Describing the United States economic outlook as "favorable", Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said that the rate cut was designed "to provide insurance against ongoing risks", including weak global growth and resurgent trade tensions.

Within the interview broadcast Thursday, Trump did sustain his criticism of Powell and the Fed, saying they raised rates of interest too shortly final yr and have been reducing charges too slowly this yr. IOER is now at 2.1% and the Fed may lower that by a bit more than the amount it cuts the target range for its benchmark federal funds rate - now 2% to 2.25% - to better anchor money market rates.

In a hint that the Fed might soon take bigger steps, Powell said strains in funding markets had been bigger than expected, and that the central bank could need to resume increases to the Fed's balance sheet "earlier" than previously thought.