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Fed cuts interest rates for 3rd time this year

Fed Cuts Rates Again To Boost A Slowing Economy

During a news conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled the central bank will likely forgo additional cuts while economic growth and inflation matches the Fed's outlook.

The Fed lowered the target for its benchmark rate to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%. Last week, there was only an 18% chance of a 25-bps rate cut through the end of the year.

This was supported by the announcement on October 25 that the US economy expanded at a rate of 1.9% in the third quarter. "They are anxious that all these trade tensions could slow the economy more than they want although we are not seeing any sign of it", he said.

The U.S. economy has been slowing down, but it got another push this afternoon from the Federal Reserve. U.S. growth in Q3 slipped to an annualised rate of 1.9%.

A statement by Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee said, "Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability".

Trump has repeatedly slammed Powell for not making deeper cuts in rates of interest.

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MSCI's world equity index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, rose 0.1% to its highest since early February previous year, with many investors remaining expectant of further easing in spite of the Fed's slightly hawkish tone.

However, in the current market, there are opportunities for risk-averse investors that still allow them to choose very financially stable stocks.

Trump had been pushing for a drastic cut that would take the interest rate to zero or into negative territory.

The reason why we are raising interest rates generally because we see inflation moving up, or in danger of moving up significantly, and we really do not see that now.

United States hiring continues and unemployment is low, while inflation is creeping up to the Fed's 2.0 per cent target.

Analysts, however, aren't so sure.

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According to overnight index swaps, the chance of a BOC rate cut this year has risen slightly in the wake of the October BOC meeting. Powell was careful not to comment on the GM settlement, but he did say that it's good to have that strike resolved. Against this backdrop, the Fed could be done for 2019, and may prove to disappoint market expectations for next year. But he noted that there are many constraints for faster growth in housing, including unaffordably high prices and difficulties getting building permits.

Most Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate.

Although that's still moderate growth, and fears of imminent recession have eased in recent weeks, the Commerce report showed the damage already inflicted by the trade war.

The yen rose further after China raised doubts about the possibility of a long-term trade deal agreement with the US.

"More broadly, monetary policy is also supporting household spending and home buying by keeping the labor market strong, keeping workers incomes rising, and keeping consumer confidence at high levels".

"It has further to go; just the fact we can absorb the shocks that we have", Wieting said. "Unemployment has declined again", he said, noting that it is now at a 50-year low.

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