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Trump Steps Up His Attacks On Federal Reserves Rate Hikes

14 October 2018

Trump has said the Fed "has gone insane", and that the Fed was 'going loco' about rising rates.

"It is a correction that I think it is caused by the Federal Reserve, with interest rates", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Based on what I know (or think I know), the Fed raising short rates is keeping long-term rates lower than they might otherwise be.

On Wednesday, the Dow fell by more than 800 points, its worst drop in eight months.

Mnuchin said in the discussions he had with the Chinese they had made clear that they did not see a further weakening of the Chinese yuan as being in their interests. Of course, when interest rates go up, the cost of borrowing money goes up for both businesses and consumers, making more expensive purchases less likely, thus slowing down the economy, which has otherwise been booming during Trump's presidency. "The real question is not whether the Fed should be raising the interest rates from where they are now, but how far and how fast should they raise interest rates".

President Donald Trump is criticizing his hand-picked Federal Reserve chief at a time when interest rates show few signs of hindering the US economic expansion.

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How? When interest rates are rising, the USA government has to pay more to borrow money.

The central bank had raised the benchmark lending rate, which affects everything from mortgages to vehicle loans to bond yields, just twice before Mr Trump took office in January 2017, after a campaign in which he criticized the institution for allegedly keeping rates near zero in a bid to help his opponent. At the same time, he also ruled out acting against Fed Chief Jerome Powell.

"The Fed's reckless policies of low interest and flooding the market with dollars needs to be stopped or we will face record inflation", he said in the other.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Fed over the past 24 hours as markets plunged, saying Wednesday that the central bank was "going loco".

"We're having discussions about a potential meeting", Mnuchin said, indicating that the two leaders could meet if the USA side felt the trade discussions were moving in a positive direction. "But I really disagree with what the Fed is doing".

The median forecast of FOMC officials in September called for interest rate increases to continue into 2020, rising from 3.1% at the end of 2019 to 3.4% at the end of 2020.

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During a rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Trump said he didn't believe the Fed was accurately adjusting its interest rate policy in line with USA economic data.

The comments followed his strongest criticism of the Fed late Wednesday when he said the central bank had "gone insane".

The president told reporters Wednesday that he believed the drop was a correction, and that the Federal Reserve Bank was to blame for raising interest rates. The 10-year rate was below 1.4 percent as recently as July 2016.

U.S. markets look set to pick up where they left off last night in the wake of today's continuation of selling pressure with further losses looking likely with the main focus set to be on the latest CPI inflation numbers for September. "I like to stay uninvolved", Trump said.

"I don't like it", Trump said Tuesday at the White House, referring to the Fed's rate hikes, the most recent of which was September 26. By law a president can only fire a Fed chair for cause, not a disagreement in policy.

The stock market is just one thing.

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Trump Steps Up His Attacks On Federal Reserves Rate Hikes