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US 2-yr treasury yields rise slightly to session high of 1.43% after comments from Fed’s Powell
US 10-yr treasury yields rise to session high of 1.789% after comments from Fed’s Powell
China relieved as Ukraine crisis dominates Biden’s first Union address with US focus shifting to Russia
A relieved China on Wednesday gave US President Joe Biden’s “don’t bet against the American people” jibe against his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a pass as the Ukraine crisis dominated his maiden State of the Union address unlike the previous years where Beijing used to be a major theme. Read more
Ukraine war impact on US economy ‘highly uncertain’, central bank will ‘need to be nimble’ in responding: Fed’s Powell
The impact of the conflict in Ukraine on the US economy is “highly uncertain,” and the central bank will need to adjust quickly to ensure the post-pandemic recovery continues, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday. Read more
Powell will testify before U.S. lawmakers at 10 a.m. ET (1500 GMT).
In prepared remarks for his testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, Powell reiterated the core Fed narrative that high inflation and an “extremely tight” labor market warrant higher interest rates.
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Wall Street set for opening gains as Powell says rate hikes on track
Powell acknowledged that consumer price increases have jumped far above the Fed’s target of 2 per cent – inflation hit 7.5 per cent in January compared with a year earlier – and that higher prices had persisted longer than expected.
Powell is betting that with the unemployment rate low, at 4 per cent, and consumer spending healthy, the economy can withstand modestly higher borrowing costs.
When the Fed raises its short-term rate, borrowing costs also typically rise for a range of consumer and business loans, including for homes, autos and credit cards.
A rate hike next month would be the first since 2018.
And it would mark the beginning of a delicate challenge for the Fed: It wants to increase rates enough to bring down inflation, which is at a four-decade high
The Fed is widely expected to raise its benchmark short-term interest rate several times this year beginning with its March 15-16 meeting.
Putin miscalculated and he will pay for it, warns Biden
Vladimir Putin has badly misjudged the resolve of America and its European allies and he will pay for it, US President Joe Biden said in his state of the union address on Tuesday, as he pledged to punish the Russian leader, those around him, and Russia itself for his “premeditated and unprovoked” attack on Ukraine. Read more
Powell tells Congress that Fed will raise rates this month
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made clear on Wednesday that the Fed will begin raising interest rates this month in a high-stakes effort to restrain surging inflation. Read more