Wednesday, 22 May, 2019


Trump says Fed is 'out of control'

The Federal Reserve is not pleasing President Trump with its policy on interest rate increases The Federal Reserve is not pleasing President Trump with its policy on interest rate increasesGETTY IMAGES
Conrad Doyle | 13 October, 2018, 23:38

Now it's stalling, he blames the Federal Reserve for "going loco".

He has frequently criticized the U.S. central bank for gradually raising interest rates, and on Wednesday reiterated his position: "I really disagree with what the Fed is doing". "They're not appropriate anymore".

Stocks are in the midst of a scary October slump, sliding sharply because investors are anxious about rising interest rates.

Trump on Wednesday slammed the Fed as "going loco" for its interest-rate increases this year in comments hours after the worst United States stock market selloff since February. Most of us consider this a healthy neutralization.

Further interest-rate increases are "not unreasonable" given the strength of the expansion, said James Knightley, chief global economist at ING Groep NV in London.

As usual, how much risk you take on - your balance of stocks to bonds, for example, as well as individual holdings - depends on your financial goals.

As well as criticising the Fed, Mr Trump said his trade policies had hurt China's economy.

There could be ways that the SBA and other governmental agencies could make more lending available for those who want to invest in the U.S. The courts ruled decades ago in a case involving a member of the Federal Trade Commission that "for cause" meant more than a policy disagreement with the president.

However, during trade wars, businesses need to be agile, especially now that two of the biggest economies in the world are involved.

While acknowledging that higher rates helped savers, he criticised the Federal Reserve's moves. All of a sudden, they could face a major blow to their revenues and earnings.

When asked about the steep fall of the stock market, Trump said he was not anxious about it.

Global stock markets fell again on Thursday as investors anxious about signs of slowing growth, rising trade tensions and higher interest rates.

Don't you think a sell-off will impact Americans? And as a result, for reasons I won't go into here, the stock market would be lower than it is. They do know who's in charge of the country. Don't be shocked if this follows sooner than later. Increased borrowing demand by Uncle Sam would lead to rising rates, all things being equal. And higher rates down the road would make stocks look even more like bonds' ugly brother.

For instance, the September U.S.jobs report, which came out on October 5, found the unemployment rate had dropped to 3.7 per cent, a almost 50-year low; wage growth also strengthened.

Remember, the USA doesn't need to have the greatest fiscal policy; however, the US simply needs to have smarter and more agile policy than global rivals.

So, just year-over-year, the interest expense for the US government increased by over 13%. Core prices, which exclude the volatile food and energy categories, were up 2.2%, the same rate as in August.

Federal budget deficits, driven by tax cuts and spending increases, are also at play.

In the USA, banks and health care companies are taking some of the worst losses while technology companies are slightly higher after a series of big losses.

I am watching how all of this unfolds. "The fundamentals and future of the USA economy remain incredibly strong", she said, pointing to a 50-year low in unemployment, tax cuts, reduced regulatory burdens, bigger paychecks, and new trade deals that have specifically benefitted farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.

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