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Clarksville, TN – The economic calendar was thin, leaving investors free to worry about slower global growth and Federal Reserve policy. The stock market was volatile, but not as much as in recent weeks.
The Bank of Canada and the Bank of England each left short-term interest rates unchanged. The BOC lowered rates in January and July, but showed no bias to cut rates further in the next few months. The BOE has been debating whether to start raising rates, but appears to have put such notions aside in the near term, reflecting concerns about the global economy.This week, the reports on retail sales and industrial production have potential surprise, but the focus is clearly going to be on the Fed. A possible hike in short-term interest rates is still on the table, but global financial turmoil and concerns about growth in emerging markets should keep the Fed on hold for now.
There are three parts to the Fed’s decision on Thursday. At 2:00pm, the Fed policy statement will hit the tape. Investors will look for language suggesting the likelihood of future moves. Also at 2:00pm, the Fed will release the revised projections of senior Fed officials.
These include forecasts for GDP growth, unemployment and inflation, and the Fed will include a median forecast this time (rather than just a range). The dot plot, the projections representing each Fed official’s outlook for the year-end federal funds target rates, is part of this report.
A half hour later, Fed Chair Janet Yellen will provide more color behind the Fed policy decision and economic projections. She will then take questions from the financial press.
Consumer Money Rates
Treasury Yield Curve – 09/11/2015
As of close of business 9/10/2015
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The information contained herein has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Data source: Bloomberg, as of close of business September 10th, 2015.
Frazier Allen, WMS, CRPS, Financial Advisor with F&M Bank
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