Trump complains about interest rate rises

Posted August 23, 2018

"There is speculation in the air over South Africa's central bank potentially raising interest rates, especially when considering how inflation has jumped to its highest level in ten months - to 5.1% - in July", Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst at FXTM said.

The S&P 500 marked its longest bull-market run with a dip on Wednesday as President Donald Trump's political position was threatened by the legal woes of two former advisers and ahead of trade talks and the Federal Reserve's minutes. In June, its policymakers predicted a total of four rate increases this year, presumably one additional hike in September and one more in December.

The dollar remained on the defensive on Wednesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump's comments on monetary policy continued to weigh on the greenback and as markets awaited U.S. While I don't expect Trump's comments to influence policy makers - and they shouldn't - it's clear that they now have a target on their back and will be publicly attacked should the economy not hit the heights that Trump promised.

Net shorts in COMEX gold contracts rose to a record high in the week ending August 14 at 77,273 contracts, according to data from U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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"I doubt these comments move the needle for Powell and his colleagues, but it certainly sends a strong signal to those candidates interested in vying for one of the Fed Board's many open seats: favour easy money policy or find another job", LeBas said.

Trump selected Powell for the job previous year from a short list of several prominent central bankers, praising Powell for his "wisdom" and "leadership" skills when he nominated him formally in November. Meanwhile, President Trump appears to be putting his thumb on the scales of this delicate balancing act, if not risking tipping over the scales entirely. Taken together with previous comments, we see a clear pattern of the president willing to talk the Dollars lower whenever it starts to look a bit toppy.

A Chinese central bank official said on Tuesday that China had taken note of the USA comments on the yuan, and said the two sides should communicate on the issue. The president told CNBC in July that was "not thrilled" with the Fed's actions.

Rising interest rates lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding metal while boosting the dollar, in which it is priced.

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Still, for now, Sohn and other analysts say they think the Trump administration's tit-for-tat tariff battle and the turbulence overseas remain benign threats occurring against the backdrop of a robust USA economy.

"There will be a lot of talk on the sidelines of the conference about trade and other threats, but at the moment the US economy is going great and the Fed will keep raising rates", said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton in Chicago. Trump's remarks break a fifty-year taboo against direct remarks from a sitting President on the Fed and the Fed Chairman.

"Am I happy with my choice?" "We do our work in a strictly nonpolitical way, based on detailed analysis, which we put on the record transparently".

Powell, a Republican, has repeatedly said that he believes in the Fed's independence and that he and his colleagues that set interest rates will not bow to outside pressure.

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