Yesterday evening the Federal Reserve announced it will stop its six-year-old QE program which strengthened the Dollar against a basket of currencies and by over a percent against the Pound. In three rounds of QE, the Fed bought trillions of dollars of mortgage and US treasury bonds from banks and hedge funds to keep interest rates at zero.
With the stimulus package coming to an end, it will result in the Federal Reserve not buying any more of these bonds. All eyes will now move over to speculation surrounding the US Interest rate rise which is likely to happen sooner rather than later simply due to it currently being on 0.25%. Also, consumers in the US buying goods have had long enough to utilise the low interest levels as well as companies who may have needed to refinance their debts, have had six years to do this.
In the UK yesterday we had figures which showed a fall in the number of working households. The percentage of households where no adults work has declined to the lowest level since records began, according to the Office for National Statistics.The ONS showed that 1.5m children are living in workless households, a fall of 132,000 or 15.9% fall. Of the regions in England and countries of the UK, the North East had the highest percentage of workless households at 21.2%, while the South East had the lowest at 12.3%. The percentage of households in which no adult has ever worked was 1.5%, the same as a year earlier.
08:55 EUR: German unemployment rate (Oct)expected to remain at 6.7%
14.30 USD: Q3 US GDP figures from Q3 expected to fall from 4.6% to 3%.
13:00 EUR: German consumer price index (Oct) expected to rise to 0.9% from 0.8%.
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