Wall Street rallies as Fed sees interest rate 'just below' neutral

U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn after returning to the White House in the early morning hours from a trip to Mississippi

President Trump Says the Federal Reserve Is a 'Much Bigger Problem Than China'

Gains were tempered by investor jitters before trade talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, during the G20 summit in Argentina.

Next, impose tariffs on an ever-widening range of imports from major trading partners, pushing up costs of those goods for USA consumers.

Trump argued that the Fed's policies were damaging the economy and pointed to the recent stock market declines and General Motors' announcement Monday that it would cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure. "Not even a little bit", Trump told the Washington Post.

"I think he's assuaging fears, saying that they'r willing to do anything they need to do, '" said Michael Skordeles, US macro strategist at SunTrust Advisory Services in Atlanta, regarding the bank's response to Brexit.

Trump told The Washington Post on Tuesday: "I think the Fed is a much bigger problem than China".

Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics said markets were reading too much into Powell's statement and with historically low unemployment, the Fed may have no choice but to keep raising. He has decided that the Fed stands in the way of both. The political chatter will center on what impact, if any, the presidential tweets have had on the Fed's apparent shift.

"As always, our decisions on monetary policy will be created to keep the economy on track", he said.

With Powell now out of the way, the market is looking for any hopeful signals on trade from a meeting between the U.S. and Chinese presidents that will take place at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires this weekend.

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And Janet Yellen was too short to stand up to Trump? But the markets shrugged off the comments.

In a speech to the Economic Club of New York, Mr Powell said: "Interest rates are still low by historical standards, and they remain just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy - that is, neither speeding up nor slowing down growth".

After slashing interest rates to near zero before the 2008-09 financial crisis, the Fed has been steadily raising them since the end of 2015 and it's expected to announce another increase in December.

Powell's nuanced comments eased investor concerns about 2019.

Though no Fed chairman has ever been fired by a president, some were denied a second four-year term.

Chairman Jerome Powell's recent observations have suggested that while the US economy remains on firm footing it also faces an array of risks, including a slowing global economy.

Powell's speech was focused largely on a new Fed report on stability of the United States financial system, but contained an unusual comment: "By clearly and transparently explaining our policies, we aim to strengthen the foundation of democratic legitimacy that enables the Fed to serve the needs of the American public". The President does have the power to fire a Fed chair "with cause", although most experts believe "cause" would probably have to be criminal, not merely a disagreement on policy.

To date, Trump has indulged only in rhetoric, but there is a question of whether he might try to do more.

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