The US Federal Reserve (the Fed) voted unanimously to raise benchmark interest rates by 25 points at its concluding monetary-policy meeting in 2018 on December 18-19.
The manufacturing sector in the United States slowed for the second straight month, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM’s) PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) survey in October.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently published its forecast for global economic growth, also referred to as the “World Economic Outlook” (WEO), in which the international body downsized its global growth outlook for 2018-19.
Coffee futures for December 2018 delivery were trading around 120 cents per pound (2.2 pounds equals 1 kilogram) in the last week of October on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).
Over the last few months, market experts have been sounding the death knell for the United States’ dominance in world trade and the effectiveness of the dollar as the reserve currency, which has historically enjoyed strong investor confidence.
Japan’s international-trade balance jumped to a whopping ¥139.56-billion surplus in September, after registering two successive months of deficits. The trade numbers came in better than Street expectations of a ¥50-billion deficit but narrowed considerably from the ¥654-billion surplus
When Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi failed to exit from his country’s embassy in Istanbul on October 2, 2018—after he entered it to complete required paperwork—the most powerful country in the Middle East was poorly prepared for the global repercussions that would eventually follow.
US factory orders surged by $11.5 billion, or 2.3 percent, in August to $510.5 billion, the largest month-on-month increase since September 2017, beating analysts’ expectations of a 2.1-percent growth. On a year-on-year basis, orders increased 8.6 percent.
Consumer prices in the United Kingdom jumped 0.7 percent in August, after remaining flat for the previous two months, according to the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The US Federal Reserve (the Fed) voted unanimously to raise benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points to a range between 2.0 and 2.5 percentin September, following its two-day monetary-policymeeting.