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Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) is the branch of the United States Federal Reserve that determines the course of monetary policy. FOMC announcements inform everyone about the US Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates and are one of the most anticipated events on the economic calendar. The FOMC may decide to increase, decrease or keep interest rates steady, having a tremendous effect on currency values. The FOMC’s Board of Governors is composed of seven members and five reserve bank presidents.

FOMC News & Analysis

US Dollar Unimpressed as Fed’s Williams Talks Up 2015 Rate Hike
The US Dollar showed a tepid reaction after San Francisco Fed President John Williams signaled his belief that a 2015 interest rate hike is still appropriate.
How the Dollar Impacts the Global Economy and Financial System
Central bankers, economists and politicians the world over have warned that the global economy and financial system are at at risk from US policy and the Dollar.
Gold Sell-Off Approaches Familiar Territory- FOMC to Pave the Way
Gold put in a peculiar week of price action as four days’ worth of selling were nearly erased by one really strong NFP-fueled rally.
Fed Should Hike Rate in 2015, Says FOMC Member Williams
San Francisco Fed President John Williams presented a speech on the US economic outlook, saying a rate hike in 2015 is appropriate.
Yellen Revives Fed Hike Expectations, Dollar and Equities Steady
Had Fed Chair Janet Yellen made her remarks during the active trading session Thursday, we may have closed out a very different day.
Janet Yellen’s Lecture Revives Federal Reserve Rate Hike Speculation
The US Dollar advanced after Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech in Amherst in which she signaled her own belief that a 2015 hike was still appropriate.
Emerging Market Currencies Extend Dive Versus USD Amid Fed, Risk Talk
Emerging market currencies have suffered a uniform slide against the safe haven US Dollar Tuesday as risk aversion drags the markets.
Are Emerging Markets a Threat to the Fed, Financial Stability?
If the Fed hikes rates, could it trigger an Emerging Market meltdown that encompasses the global financial system in another 2008-like crisis?
USDOLLAR Index Reverses FOMC Losses; Is USD/JPY Risk’s Bellwether?
Nearly all of the USD-pairs are moving in tandem once more; and the one outlier is arguably the most important USD-pair as it pertains to equity risk sentiment.
FOMC Members Speak on Rate Decision and Outlook Going Forward
A slew of Fed Presidents weigh in on last week’s FOMC rate decision with evaluations and outlook for future meetings.