Fed officials widely divided on rates at July meeting

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Trump says Fed ‘biggest problem’ for US economy, calls Powell ‘golfer who can’t putt’

Asia stock markets followed Wall Street lower Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a speech by the Federal Reserve chairman for signs of possible plans for more us interest rate cuts.

"I don't demand it, but if he used his head, he would lower them", Trump said.

"Doing great with China and other Trade Deals", the president tweeted. "He's like a golfer who can't putt, has no touch", the United States president proclaimed in his tweet on Wednesday. But he said Wednesday that cutting capital gains would be viewed as "elitist" because it would benefit primarily wealthy taxpayers. "A couple" participants wanted a half-point cut, the minutes said. However, he said USA data "simply does not support the need for an aggressive easing cycle". "You'll see - if he doesn't, we have a very strong economy but with that, we could be - we could be in a place that this nation was seldom at if we had interest rates cut by the Federal Reserve".

"The Federal Reserve has let us down", Trump told reporters outside the White House, adding that the nation's central bank should "get smart and reduce interest rates like many other places around the world that we have to compete with".

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Powell, who Trump appointed in February 2018, has been a constant target for the president's angry remarks. Traders are also awaiting the central bank's Jackson Hole seminar later this week and a Group of Seven summit this weekend for clues on what additional steps policymakers will take to boost economic growth.

The chairman is trying to sustain a record USA economic expansion at a time when uncertainty over Trump's trade policy is weighing on global growth.


According to reports, financial markets are expecting at least one more rate cut by the Fed by the end of this year, presumably when the Fed meets again in September.

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"Germany is paying Zero interest and is actually being paid to borrow money, while the US, a far stronger and more important credit, is paying interest and just stopped (I hope!) Quantitative Tightening", the president said, referring to a policy of gradually decreasing the money supply.

"But at this point, I think he will want to err on the side of arguing that more rate cuts seem likely, just because the economy is slowing, and he doesn't want to tip the economy over into a recession", Zandi said.

Trump compared the USA economy to Germany and other countries in Europe where interest rates are near zero or in negative territory.

"The Fake News LameStream Media is doing everything possible the "create" a USA recession, even though the numbers & facts are working totally in the opposite direction", the president tweeted. "Our Economy is sooo strong, sorry!"

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