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US Central Bank Hikes Benchmark Rate by 75 bps, Fed’s Largest Increase Since 1994

The U.S. Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate by 75 basis points (bps) on Wednesday, and it was the largest increase since 1994. According to the Fed member’s expectations, the central bank will likely add another 1.5 percentage points by......

Credibility Concerns — Gallop Poll Shows Fed Chair’s Confidence Ratings Slid by Double Digits

According to a Gallop poll published on May 2, the public’s confidence in America’s current economic leaders has been deteriorating. Confidence in U.S. president Joe Biden managing the U.S. economy has dropped from 57% to 40%, and faith in Federal Reserve......

While Global Markets Get Spooked by Covid and a Hawkish Fed, Stocks and Crypto Rebound After Musk Buys Twitter

Wall Street suffered Monday morning as the major U.S. stock indexes dropped further, building on losses gathered last week. Reports indicate that investors are concerned about the upcoming Federal Reserve rate hikes and China’s recent Covid-19 outbreak. As equities floundered on......

US Inflation Could Be Worse Than Expected, Goldman Sachs Says — Atlanta Fed President Favors 25 BPS Rate Hike

While the conflict in Ukraine is a hot topic, fears of rising inflation continue to haunt Americans residing in the country, as economists and analysts note U.S. inflation will likely remain high. Inflation is likely going to be worse than initially......

Precious Metals, Cryptocurrencies, Stock Markets Falter Following Powell’s Rate Hike Statements

Equities, crypto markets, and precious metals did well during the early morning trading sessions on Wednesday, just before the U.S. central bank wrapped up its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. While the Fed said in a statement that the benchmark......

Fed’s Minutes Report ‘Bludgeons’ Global Markets — Stocks, Crypto, Precious Metals Slip in Value

Minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy meeting on December 14-15 show that the central bank is being persistent about unwinding quantitive easing (QE) tactics and that it views ultra-low interest rates as no longer necessary. Global markets immediately dropped after......

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Dismisses Cryptocurrencies as Financial Stability Concern but Warns They’re Risky

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that he does not see cryptocurrencies as a financial stability concern. However, he noted that they are risky and “there’s big consumer issues for consumers who may or may not understand what they’re getting.” Fed......

US Treasury Secretary Yellen Says She’s Undecided Whether the Fed Should Issue Digital Currency

The U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says that she has not made up her mind about whether the Fed should issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “There are some benefits” to a digital dollar, Yellen said, but noted that “there......

US President Biden Nears Decision to Choose Fed Chair — Reports Indicate Toss-up Between Powell and Brainard

Following the passing of the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill, the U.S. president appears to be nearing his decision on whether or not he will reappoint Jerome Powell, the current Federal Reserve Board chairperson. According to a few reports Powell may be......

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler: No Plan to Ban Crypto, It’s up to Congress

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler says that the SEC has no plan to ban cryptocurrencies as China has done. He noted that it would be up to Congress to make such a decision. Recently, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell similarly said that......