The US Federal Reserve has increased interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point - the third rate hike this year. It comes as Fed chair Janet Yellen prepares to leave the role
after Donald Trump decided to replace her.
Prices in the United States rose by less than expected last month, as inflation in the economy remained tame. The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index (CPI) inched up 0.1% last month, only a slight improvement on a stagnant June figure. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.2% month-on-month increase.
United States President Donald Trump named two possible candidates to run the Federal Reserve over the next few years: current Fed Chair Janet Yellen and Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn, according to an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in three months, a move spurred by steady economic growth, strong job gains and confidence that inflation is rising to the central bank's target. The decision to lift the target overnight interest rate by 25 basis points to a range of 0.75% to 1.0% marked a convincing step in the Fed's effort to return monetary policy to a more normal footing.
US businesses added 156,000 jobs in December in the last release of key economic data before Donald Trump is sworn in as US president. The number of jobs created fell from an upwardly revised 204,000 in November and came in below market expectations of 175,000 new roles. The jobless rate edged up last month to 4.7% from 4.6%.
The United States labor market is in the best condition in last decade said the chairman of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen during a speech to the graduating class at the University of Baltimore. Fed chairman said that the signs of healthy labor market are abundant, among which stand out the stable rate of creation of new jobs and lower share of cuts.
US regulators have rejected the plans of five big US banks for closing their operations in the event of a crisis. Banks labeled too big to fail must have a so called living will that would allow them to close down without the help of public money. Bank of America, Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase, State Street and Wells Fargo have until 1 October to submit improved plans.
The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster pace in recent months than first thought, as businesses restocked their goods. U.S. Commerce Department said the world's largest economy advanced 2.1% in the July-to-September period, up from an initial estimate of 1.5%.
Consumer prices in the United States fell in August as petrol prices dropped and a strong dollar curbed the cost of goods, the US Department of Labor has said. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) slipped 0.1% last month, the first decline since January. But in the 12 months to August, the CPI rose 0.2% after a similar gain in July.
Brazil is well prepared to cope with any market volatility resulting from a U.S. interest rate rise, Finance Minister Joaquim Levy said on Monday. The minister told a meeting in Madrid that Brazil's banks were well capitalized and the country has large foreign exchange reserves.