Latest Central bank interest rates News

World stock markets mostly dip on Fed views on rates

Oct. 18, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets mostly dipped on Thursday on the news that some policymakers at Federal Reserve think interest rates should continue to be raised until they are slightly restrictive. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX shed 0.1 percent to 11,704 and the CAC 40 in France gained 0.4 percent to 5,163....

Asia shares sag after retreat on Wall St, weaker Japan data

Oct. 18, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Thursday in Asia after a retreat on Wall Street driven by sell-offs of technology shares, homebuilders and retailers. A report of weaker Japanese exports in September underscored uncertainties over the outlook for trade. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index sank 0.7 percent to...

Fed officials discussed hiking rates to 'restrictive' level

Oct. 17, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month debated how high they should raise interest rates to achieve their economic goals, with some arguing that they might need to lift rates to a level that would modestly restrain growth. In the end, the Fed modestly raised its key short-term rate and...

UK inflation drop eases central bank dilemma ahead of Brexit

Oct. 17, 2018 6:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain eased markedly during September, official figures showed Wednesday, a development that lowers the pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates at a time when the country faces acute uncertainty from Brexit. The Office for National Statistics said consumer...

Trump escalates his attacks on Fed: 'My biggest threat'

Oct. 16, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up his attacks on the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that the Fed is "my biggest threat" because he thinks it's raising interest rates too quickly. Trump said he doesn't speak with Chairman Jerome Powell because of the Fed's political independence but...

Trump criticizes Fed for raising interest rates too quickly

Oct. 16, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates too quickly. The recent increase in interest rates has spooked investors who fear higher borrowing costs could slow down the economy. Trump has blamed the market's big sell-off on rising rates and has...

Tech stock rally helps snap losing streak as rough week ends

Oct. 12, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rebounded Friday, clawing back some of the week's steep losses, but the turbulent trading of the last few days left no doubt that the relative calm the markets enjoyed all summer had been shattered. Major U.S. indexes ended the week down about 4 percent, their worst weekly loss in...

Mnuchin says Trump respects the independence of the Fed

Oct. 12, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that President Donald Trump respects the independence of the Federal Reserve and the president's recent comments were simply a reflection of the fact that he favors low interest rates. "The president has been clear," Mnuchin said in an...

Asian markets mixed on strong Chinese trade data

Oct. 11, 2018 11:57 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Friday as better-than-expected Chinese trade data gave some markets a breather from worries about the impact of punitive tariffs. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 racked up more losses after falling almost 4 percent in the previous day. The index...

Trump steps up his attacks on Federal Reserve's rate hikes

Oct. 11, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday escalated his attack on the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases, asserting that "the Fed is out of control" and blaming it for this week's plunge in stock prices. "It's a correction that I think is caused by the Federal Reserve with interest...