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Precious metals trade higher ahead of US Fed meet

Precious metals trade higher ahead of US Fed meet”

One is this week. The Fed said it would begin shedding $4.5 trillion in investments next month. She met several months ago with President Donald Trump, who spoke favorably of her afterward. Her first term ends in February.

Individual companies also shaped markets on Wednesday.

During the campaign, Trump condemned Yellen as a puppet for Obama. More so, Asian stocks had slightly moved ahead of the Fed's monetary policy publication far ahead in the said period.

Canada has already raised interest rates twice in recent months, while the Bank of England shocked many last week by flagging its own coming increases.

Central bankers are in a bind.

General Mills was down about 5 percent after its quarterly profit missed estimates, hurt by lower sales of its yogurts and cereals in North America.

Inflation affects prices - milk, train tickets, everything.

Here's the old dot plot (each blob shows where one Fed committee member expects rates to be each year). This contradicted evidence that wage growth was not keeping with inflation and creating problems for consumers, which raises some interesting questions as to what is really happening in the United Kingdom economy right now. If prices don't rise, wages don't either. Traders seemed to be bracing for an on balance dovish message from the Fed, even though the market still expected a rate hike at the end of the year to be more likely than not. Limited time offer. No credit card required. It also now thinks that the eurozone will grow by 2.1 percent this year, 0.3 percentage point more than its previous prediction in June. But economic growth and low unemployment of 4.4 percent are saying it should.

Some Fed officials have warned against raising interest rates until inflation - which reflects the prices of everything from meat and cheese to houses and cars - meets the goal of 2% that they consider healthy for the economy.

The prospect of another Fed rate increase this year - at a time when the USA economy is growing modestly and may slow somewhat from the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma - could be bad news for stocks the next few weeks, Chalupnik said.

The other policy decision on Yellen's agenda involves the Fed's so-called balance sheet.

Over in Australia, Commonwealth Bank of Australia announced Thursday that it would sell all of its Australia and New Zealand life insurance business to AIA Group for A$3.8 billion ($3.04 billion U.S.).

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said central bankers will "look through the economic impacts of Harvey and Irma, because they know they're temporary".

"As that balance sheet drops, that's potentially going to leave us with higher long-term rates".



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