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27 Setiembre 2017, 04:57 | Dolorita Barahona

Financial stocks were in demand early on- later attention will focus on the UK's retailers

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The Federal Reserve is on track to gradually raise interest rates given the recent inflation weakness is fading and the USA economy's fundamentals are sound, an influential Fed policymaker said on Monday, reinforcing the central bank's confident tone.

In a planned speech yesterday US Fed chairman Janet Yellen said that perhaps her organisation had "misjudged" factors which have been dragging on US inflation for some years now.

Discussing each of these risks, Yellen said it was possible that some slack in the labor market remains.

Earlier in the month after the Fed passed on a September rate hike, the FOMC lowered its expectations for inflation ahead and said its longer-run benchmark interest rate is probably a quarter point below earlier projections.

Weaker than expected inflation has become a key concern for the Fed as its rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee tries to "normalise" monetary policy by raising its key federal funds rate back to levels seen before the financial crisis.

Ms. Yellen and her colleagues have been grappling with subdued inflation despite a growing economy and vigorous labor market.

He said there was "no sustained movement" of the inflation rate toward the Fed's 2% target.

"Moving too quickly risks over adjusting policy to head off projected developments that may not come to pass". "We recognize that something more persistent may be responsible for the current undershooting".

The Federal Reserve has kept its benchmark lending rate near record lows since the 2008 financial crisis to stimulate the US economy. The Euro remained under a bit of pressure but EUR/USD was above the 5-week low hit Tuesday when investors anxious about more fractured European politics in the wake of Germany's election.

On the eve of its unveiling, Trump said lawmakers should expect a "very, very powerful document" that would cut taxes "tremendously" for the middle class.

Zentner believes there is a 60 percent chance Yellen will be named to serve a second term. Shelby indicated he had spoken with the president about the Fed. "But ultimately, that is up to the president".

Euro zone government bond yields followed Treasury yields higher.

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