Since the Fed indicated last month a willingness to possibly cut interest rates soon, the US and China have resumed trade negotiations and a lot of economic data have come out, including a very strong US jobs report and signs of firming inflation. What does it all mean from the Fed’s view? Not much, according to Chairman Jerome Powell. “Since [the Fed’s June 19 statement], based on incoming data and other developments, it appears that uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook,” Powell said. “Inflation pressures remain muted.”
The U.S economic outlook has not improved in recent weeks, an indication that the Fed could be prepared to cut its benchmark short-term interest rate when officials meet later this month.
USD (€1.1240, ¥108.71, £1.2500 and C$1.3101) under pressure, equities higher, yields lower and gold futures higher.
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