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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bank of America to increase its prime lending rate to 3.50% from 3.25%, effective immediately

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Citibank raises its base lending rate to 3.50% from 3.25% - @CNBCnow See original on twitter.com  banking  21m Bank of America to increase its prime lending rate to 3.50% from 3.25%, effective immediately - @CNBCnow See original on twitter.com  United States  26m US stocks rally after the Federal Reserve raises key rate; Dow gains about 224 - @CNBC Read more on cnbc.com  economic indicators  37m US dollar trades lower against its main rivals after the Federal Reserve raises its benchmark interest rate - @MarketWatch Read more on marketwatch.com  banking  41m PNC Bank raises its prime rate to 3.50%, effective tomorrow - @CNBCnow See original on twitter.com  US economic indicators  59m Federal Reserve Chair Yellen: US income prospects are improved, car sales up, housing 'has been recovering very slowly' - @CNBC Read more on cnbc.com  US economic indicators  1h Federal Reserve Chair Yellen: We have seen 'substantial improvement' in US labor market conditions End of alert  United States  1h Federal Reserve Chair Yellen, in response to a question, says the bank could study negative interest rates if the economy needed it - @MarketWatch Read more on marketwatch.com  United States  1h Federal Reserve Chair Yellen: I'm confident about the fundamentals of the US economy End of alert  US economic indicators  1h CBOE volatility index hits session low as Federal Reserve's Yellen speaks, last down 12% - @ReutersBiz See original on twitter.com  US economic indicators  1h Federal Reserve's Yellen: Economic recovery has come a long way, still room for labor market improvement; monetary policy remains accomodative - @CNBCnow See original on twitter.com  US economic indicators  1h Federal Reserve Chair Yellen urges press not to 'overblow' the significance of first quarter-point rate hike End of alert  United States  1h Federal Reserve's Yellen: Recent softness in US inflation data is attributed to 'transitory' factors that are expected to abate - @WSJ Read more on blogs.wsj.com  US economic indicators  1h Federal Reserve Chair Yellen: The stance of US monetary policy remains 'accommodative;' committee expects only gradual increases in fund rate will be warranted. End of alert  US economic indicators  1h Federal Reserve Chair Yellen: 'The economic recovery has clearly come a long way although it is not complete' - @BCAppelbaum =================================================== The Federal Reserve System‍—‌also known as the Federal Reserve or simply as the Fed‍—‌is the central banking system of the United States. It was created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, largely in response to a series of financial panics, particularly a severe panic in 1907. Over time, the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System have expanded, and its structure has evolved. Events such as the Great Depression in the 1930s were major factors leading to changes in the system. The U.S. Congress established three key objectives for monetary policy in the Federal Reserve Act: Maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates. The first two objectives are sometimes referred to as the Federal Reserve's dual mandate. Its duties have expanded over the years, and as of 2009 also include supervising and regulating banks, maintaining the stability of the financial system and providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions. The Fed conducts research into the economy and releases numerous publications, such as the Beige Book. The Federal Reserve System's structure is composed of the presidentially appointed Board of Governors or Federal Reserve Board (FRB), partially presidentially appointed Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks located in major cities throughout the nation, numerous privately owned U.S. member banks, and various advisory councils. The federal government sets the salaries of the Board's seven governors. Nationally chartered commercial banks are required to hold stock in the Federal Reserve Bank of their region, which entitles them to elect some of their board members. The FOMC sets monetary policy and consists of all seven members of the Board of Governors and the twelve regional bank presidents, though only five bank presidents vote at any given time: the president of the New York Fed and four others who rotate through one-year terms. Thus, the Federal Reserve System has both private and public components to serve the interests of the public and private banks. The structure is considered unique among central banks. It is also unusual in that the United States Department of the Treasury, an entity outside of the central bank, creates the currency used. The Fed considers the Federal Reserve System "an independent central bank because its monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by the Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms." The U.S. Government receives all the system's annual profits, after a statutory dividend of 6% on member banks' capital investment is paid, and an account surplus is maintained. In 2010, the Federal Reserve made a profit of $82 billion and transferred $79 billion to the U.S. Treasury

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