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In the FICC of It

In this week’s lively and extended podcast Colin Lambert and Galen Stops mange to disagree on just about everything as they dig into the details around the announcement that Citi has given notice to four of the biggest non-bank market makers in FX and discuss the potential implications for the industry as a whole. They […]

No Surprises: Fed Raises Interest Rates Again

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the third time this year on Wednesday, citing an improving economy and labour market.

At the end of the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) two-day meeting, it was announced that the benchmark interest rate would be increased by 25 basis points, to between 1.25% and 1.5%.

“In view of realised and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1-1/4 to 1?1/2 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation,” said the FOMC in a statement today.

Steady as She Goes: BoE Leaves Rates Unchanged

The Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.25%.

The Committee also decided to continue with the programme of sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bond purchases totalling up to £10 billion, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves.

Additionally, it will continue with the programme of £60 billion of UK government bond purchases to take the total stock of these purchases to £435 billion, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves.

Old Lady “Not a Nurse to Markets”, Says BoE Economist

The Bank of England (BoE) will not ease interest rates just to appease the expectations of the market or to reassure consumers and businesses following the Brexit vote, warned Martin Wheale, an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at the central bank.  In his final speech as a member of the MPC, Wheale […]