US President Trump takes aim at Federal Reserve for rates hike

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The president spoke to Reuters in an exclusive interview, the newswire said.

Without gradual rate interest rate rises, policymakers worry, the economy could overheat, forcing the Fed to raise them aggressively and possibly sending the United States into recession. "I think on this one the market will come round again and the dollar bounces back, but nonetheless, it does appear the market is anxious that the president will exert influence on Fed policy". He said during an interview Monday that other countries get help from their central banks during trade disputes with the U.S.

The Federal Reserve operates independently of the government, as it is sometimes compelled to make interest-rate decisions that are meant to be good for the economy in the long run but that may be politically unpopular.

In currencies, the dollar came under pressure after Trump reiterated his displeasure at the Fed's rate hikes, saying the central bank should do more to help him boost the U.S. economy.

"The Fed is independent in setting monetary policy and markets were spooked by yet another comment from Donald Trump criticising higher interest rates", said Artjom Hatsaturjants, an analyst at Accendo Markets. According to Board of Governor's meeting records released after each of these increases, Powell was fully in support of the policy put in place by Yellin back in December 2015 and that he has been a strong advocate for the modest interest rate increases that have taken place since he took office earlier this year.

Stocks faltered and bonds rose on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump's political position was threatened by the criminal convictions of two former advisers, while the U.S. dollar steadied after five consecutive days of losses. Against the Swiss franc CHF=, the dollar weakened to its lowest since July 9, last at 0.987.

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The president nominated Powell a year ago to replace former Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

Powell took over as Fed chairman in February and the bank has raised interest rates twice since his ascension.

Most policymakers believe the Fed can not raise rates much beyond 2.9 percent, a level they see as "neutral" for the economy, without borrowing costs really beginning to drag on growth.

"Am I happy with my choice?" It has also penciled in three more rate hikes in 2019.

Powell is a gentleman and will likely hold his tongue, but don't dismiss a future response if Trump's tantrums continue in time. Two, comments like these will produce diminishing returns for the president. "You know, a lot of people beat up on the Fed".

Trump's efforts to use import tariffs to force concessions on trade from China and other countries also creates potential challenges for the Fed, Stein said, because while the tariffs can boost prices, they may also lead to slower economic growth.