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Prieur du Plessis

Prieur du Plessis

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) maintained its extraordinarily accommodative monetary policy following its meeting on Wednesday. The communiqué had no surprises and said that the committee expected to keep the fed funds rate target in the 0-0.25% range “for an extended period”. As expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE) also kept interest rates unchanged at 1% and 0.5% respectively.

“A hesitant economic recovery, tame inflation and severe credit headwinds suggest that monetary policy will need to stay very easy for at least another year. Liquidity trends will not be a constraint on higher prices for risk assets for a while,” said BCA Research.

The jump in the unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 10.2% in October – an increase of 0.4 of a percentage point – reminded pundits of the challenges in the labor market and broader economy. While investors’ hopes of an economic recovery might have got ahead of reality, the cartoonists continually reminded us of worrisome issues …

Click here to Read Prieur du Plessis’s excellent detailed recap of the week on Wall Street.

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