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Fed Minutes: Momentum Building for Rate Hike

According to the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's July meeting in Washington, some of those who attended the meeting think that another increase of the federal funds rate was or would soon be warranted. A couple even went so far as to advocate an increase at the meeting. read more

Labor Productivity Stalls, Could Impact Fed’s Decision on Interest Rates

Nomfarm business sector labor productivity decreased at a 0.5% rate in Q2/16, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, could keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates. read more

Beige Book: Economic Activity Expands Despite Mixed Manufacturing Performance

According to the most recent Beige Book from the Federal Reserve, economic activity continued to expand at a modest pace across most regions from mid-May to the end of June. read more

Largest Banks Pass Stress Test, Add $700B in Capital Since 2009

The Fed said results of most recent bank stress tests showed the nation’s largest banks continue to build capital levels and improve credit quality, strengthening their ability to lend during a severe recession. read more

Yellen: Fed Funds Rate Likely to Remain Low ‘For Some Time’

Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen said the committee expects the fed funds rate to remain below the levels expected for some time because of ‘headwinds.’ read more

Fed Reports Continued Expansion Despite Energy Sector Softness

According to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, national economic activity continued to expand in late February and March, although the effects of weakness in the energy sector hurt the labor market and freight volumes. read more

FOMC: Fed Funds Rate Likely to Remain Below Expected Levels

Fed officials noted at their recent meeting: “The federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run.” read more

Survey: Banks Tighten C&I Loan Standards Amid Weakening Demand

According to the Fed’s 2016 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, banks tightened their standards on C&I loans in the fourth quarter of 2015 amid weakening demand. read more

Fed Notes Slower Growth, Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at its latest meeting and noted the economy slowed down at the end of last year. Stocks traded lower with the DJIA down 220 points by market close. read more

Beige Book: Economic Activity Expands Despite Manufacturing Weakness

According to the most recent Beige Book from the Fed, nine out of the 12 Federal Reserve districts indicated expansion of economic activity, although the agricultural and manufacturing sectors were weak. read more

Fed Proposes New Rule to Mitigate Need for Government Support

The Fed announced a proposed new rule that would strengthen the ability of the largest domestic and foreign banks operating in the U.S. to be resolved without government support or taxpayer assistance. read more

Fed Puts December Rate Hike Firmly On Agenda

Reuters reported the Fed kept interest rates unchanged at its most recent meeting, and in reference to its next policy meeting put a December rate hike firmly in play. read more

Fed’s Beige Book Reports Expansion Despite Manufacturing Lull

According to the most recent Beige Book from the Federal Reserve, the U.S. economy expanded at a modest pace from mid-August to October, although the manufacturing sector generally experienced weaker performance. read more

Bloomberg: ‘Markets Beating Fed to Tightening Ahead of Meeting’

Bloomberg reports that tumbling stocks, oil and junk debt raise questions on the timing of a Fed rate hike. Bloomberg said that last weeks’ selloff suggests financial markets may beat the Fed to tightening ahead of the September meeting. read more

WSJ: Atlanta Fed President Signals Sept Rate Increase

The Wall Street Journal reported that Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta president Dennis Lockhart said the economy is ready for the first increase in interest rates in more than nine years. read more

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