Economic News 

US Fed chair Jerome Powell hints at tapering of easy money policy by year-end

By Administrator_ India Capital Sands The Federal Reserve will start dialing back its ultra-low-rate policies this year as long as hiring continues to improve, Chair Jerome Powell said Friday, signaling the beginning of the end of the Feds extraordinary response to the pandemic recession. The Fed’s move could lead, over time, to somewhat higher borrowing costs for mortgages, credit cards, and business loans. The Fed has been buying $120 billion a month in mortgage and Treasury bonds to try to hold down longer-term loan rates to spur borrowing and spending.…

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Commodity 

Gold prices slip to over 4-month low on early US Fed tapering fears

By Administrator_ India Capital Sands Gold slipped to a more than four-month low on Monday as solid U.S. jobs data stoked concerns of a sooner-than-expected interest rate hike, which could increase the opportunity cost of holding non-interest-bearing bullion. Spot gold fell 1.1% to $1,744.25 per ounce by 0616 GMT. In early Asia trade, prices slumped as much as 4.4% to $1,684.37, their lowest since March 31, triggered by some stop-loss selling. Trading was thin with Tokyo and Singapore on holiday. U.S. gold futures were down 1.1% at $1,744.50. The technical picture does not look good…

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Business 

Fed to shutter pandemic support asset purchases by end-2022

By Administrator_ India Capital Sands The Federal Reserve will shutter its asset purchases program by the end-2022, according to a Reuters poll, with a few more economists now predicting a rate hike as early as next year, but they pegged new COVID-19 variants as the biggest economic risk. However, Fed chair Jerome Powell said on Wednesday withdrawing monetary policy support was a long way off, with 7.5 million jobs still missing from before the pandemic. Following his testimony, where he also concluded that high inflation would be transitory, the US…

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Economic News 

Dollar holds near two-week high, U.S. jobs data eyed for Fed clues

By Administrator_ India Capital Sands The dollar hovered below a two-week high on Thursday, consolidating ahead of a key U.S. jobs report that may provide clues on when the Federal Reserve will dial back monetary stimulus. The greenback has rebounded from a one-month low over the past week, swung by U.S. economic data that has largely supported the case for a rapid recovery from the pandemic, with traders weighing whether a lift in inflation may force the Fed’s hand earlier than policymakers have so far suggested. The dollar index, which measures…

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Economic News 

Dollar near multi-week lows before Fed, bitcoin reclaims $54,000

By Administrator_ India Capital Sands The dollar hovered near multi-week lows versus major peers on Tuesday, weighed by subdued Treasury yields, as investors consolidated positions ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy decision this week. The safe-haven greenback was also out of favor after world stocks started the week hitting a record high, amid increasing investor confidence in a rapid global recovery from the pandemic. In cryptocurrencies, bitcoin traded around $54,000 following a 10% surge on Monday, driven by reports that JPMorgan Chase  is planning to offer a managed bitcoin fund.…

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