Trump again blasts Fed for 'even considering' rate hike

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On the commodity markets, the cost of oil fell to its lowest level in more than a year amid concerns that recently announced production curbs will prove insufficient to stabilise prices if the recent stock market turbulence heralds the start of a pronounced global economic slowdown. The unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, a 49-year low.

US trade disputes are ongoing with China and world stock market volatility has cut investor gains in recent weeks.

However, the wave of stock market volatility in recent months has led some market commentators and President Trump to urge the Fed to hold off on hiking rates in December for fear of doing more harm than good for the economy.

Against this backdrop, observers are closely watching whether the central bank will slow down the pace, following eight rate hikes since 2015, when it ended the unusual zero percent rate policy.

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A few hours later, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro amplified that theme, calling the Fed "crazy" for having signaled, as it did in September, that it would continue to raise rates next year.

"We were assured by policy makers that QE provided large benefits to the real economy". Trump argued that he was still respecting the Federal Reserve's political independence because he wasn't voicing his advice for them in his role as president. The two warned that in conjunction with raising rates, the Fed's balance sheet unwind creates a "double-barreled blitz" of policy impediments that could threaten a US economy still capable of growth. "We also know that moving too slowly keeping interest rates too low for too long - could risk other distortions in the form of higher inflation or destabilizing financial imbalances", Powell said November 28.

"It is incredible that with a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation, the outside world blowing up around us, Paris burning and China way down, the Fed is even considering yet another interest rate hike".

Powell himself could provide clarity in his news conference if he indicates where he thinks the "neutral rate" is.

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The president began criticizing Powell, his appointee, in July after three quarter-point rate increases in a row.

On July 20, Trump told CNBC that he was "not happy" about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates.

Trump's Monday tweet was the result of Fed officials holding a two-day meeting that will conclude on Wednesday. US presidents have typically refrained from encroaching on the independence of the Fed.

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