USA stocks close higher ahead as Fed meeting starts

Friday, 22 Sep, 2017

It also said it will hold benchmark interest rates steady, and signalled a rate hike by the end of the year.

CPI rose 0.4 percent last month, and the index for the latest 12 months accelerated to 1.9 percent.

Along with the policy statement Wednesday, Fed members will release their forecasts for the economy and the course of interest rates, which could give a clearer picture of the sentiment in the central bank.

While the Fed is widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged, traders are likely to pay close attention to the accompanying statement for clues about the outlook for policy.

"We would really urge consumers to be very careful in monitoring their credit reports and financial situation", said Yellen at a press conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting. With many fixed income investors concerned about the effects of higher interest rates, RISE could be an ideal ETF for a rising rate environment.

"If you model it out, over about the next three years they'll take out about $1.3 trillion or so".

As expected, the Fed also said it would start to reduce the portfolio of Treasuries and mortgages it acquired through its quantitative easing (QE) program after the financial crisis.

Yet policymakers point to another reason to keep tightening USA monetary policy: the loosening of financial conditions this year, in which credit spreads have narrowed, stock prices have soared, and bond yields and the dollar have slipped.

In fixed income, the yield on the benchmark government bond due in 2026 was down 1.5 basis points to 8.42%. This year, it has lagged below the Fed's 2% target and the forecast now suggests it will continue to do so in 2018.

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The Federal Reserve is confident in the USA economy and is set to roll back its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, sending fixed-income investors scrambling. There are several vacancies on the Fed board, and there could be a change in leadership early next year if President Donald Trump decides not to renominate Chair Janet Yellen.

Markets anticipated the balance sheet unwinding and have been quiet so far on Wednesday.

The S&P 500 gained 1.59 points, or 0.06 percent, to 2,508.24, clocking its sixth record closing high in the last seven sessions. Eastern. The Dow Jones industrial average had edged up a mere 0.1 percent.

In plain English, whether the Federal Reserve will slow down its creation of U.S. Dollars. The move will gradually increase long-term borrowing rates.

The central bank is also expected to announce plans to begin unwinding its $4.2 trillion portfolio of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, almost a decade after the global financial crisis.