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St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard reportedly said on Friday that the central bank could consider postponing its widely anticipated December rate hike because of an inverted yield curve.
“The current level of the policy rate is about right,” Bullard said in a prepared presentation to the Indiana Banker’s Association, according to Reuters.
Bullard is the first member of the Fed to speak publicly about a delay in December. The Fed president — while not a Federal Open Market Committee voter in 2018 — will be able to participate in rate hike decisions in 2019.
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The shift to net exports is the dramatic result of an unprecedented boom in American oil production, with thousands of wells pumping from the Permian region of Texas and New Mexico to the Bakken in North Dakota to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania.
While the country has been heading in that direction for years, this week’s dramatic shift came as data showed a sharp drop in imports and a jump in exports to a record high. Given the volatility in weekly data, the U.S. will likely remain a small net importer most of the time.
“We are becoming the dominant energy power in the world,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research. “But, because the change is gradual over time, I don’t think it’s going to cause a huge revolution, but you do have to think that OPEC is going to have to take that into account when they think about cutting.”
It feels like yesterday when we first started talking about unconventional gas, and later oil, as being gamechangers for the energy sector. Looking back at the archives it was 12 years ago. The shift in US production from what looked like terminal decline to virtual energy independence is something the market is still coming to terms with.This section continues in the Subscriber's Area. Back to top
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Australia and New Zealand are in an awkward bind. The deteriorating relationship between one of their biggest allies and the buyer of a large proportion of their exports is weighing on sentiment. The one redeeming quality is China doesn’t have a ready supply of iron-ore, coking coal or natural gas that is in such close proximity but it’s slowing economy is shifting perceptions of demand growth.This section continues in the Subscriber's Area. Back to top