Fed sounds warning for financial stability

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Other Fed watchers still expect at least one or two rate increases in 2019 before the central bank pauses to observe how the economy is performing.

That marks a departure from comments in October when Powell said rates were a "long way from neutral at this point".

Trump adds that he is "not even a little bit happy" with Fed Chairman Jay Powell, whom he selected previous year.

Higher interest rates tend to slow economic growth over time as well as pressure stock prices. Low interest rates were deemed necessary to help the economy recover, but many economists have agreed that as things improve, interest rates need to rise to avoid inflation.

The stability report also identified potential economic shocks that could test the stability of the USA financial system, including potential spillover effects to the US from a messy exit of Britain from the European Union, slowing economic growth in China and other emerging markets, and trade tensions.

Powell also noted that it is important to distinguish between market volatility and events threatening financial stability. "Not even a little bit".

That shift was reflected in money markets where expectations of Fed rate increases declined to around 47 basis points over the next year from 52 basis points earlier this week.

"So far, I'm not even a little bit happy with my selection of Jay", Mr Trump told the Post on Tuesday, using Mr Powell's nickname.

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On Wednesday, Powell may reveal more about his thinking when he speaks to the Economic Club of NY.

The chairman also suggested that interest rates appear to be just below the level the Fed calls "neutral", where they are thought to neither stimulate growth nor impede it. I'm not going to say it's so much Trump ー that Trump has been sending mean tweets about Chairman Powell.

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.

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The report detailed four major risks factors to the stability of the economy: excessive leverage in the financial sector; funding risk, which refers to financial entities relying on sources of funding that can be rapidly withdrawn; excessive leverage in businesses and households; and overvaluation, known in extreme cases as a bubble.

For his part, Bianco also said anxiety aside, old sources of risk ー like the banking system, the credit markets, the mortgage markets, or too much leverage ー won't cause the next financial crisis.

The report is the first of what the Fed intends as a twice yearly review of risks to financial stability, defined as the degree to which the financial system can continue to lend to businesses and households even when subjected to an outside shock.

"I think we are so enamored on those issues after 2008.it would be very hard for them to surprise us into a crisis one more time". Powell, in his speech, said his overall view is that "financial stability vulnerabilities are at a moderate level".