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Macroeconomics  |  December 13, 2012 08:58:34, updated

Bernanke: Zero rate persists until the unemployment rate will be below 6.5%


Main events of yesterday's trading on U.S. stock markets, the results of the two-day Fed meeting and subsequent conference. Ben Bernanke announced to maintain low interest rates until the unemployment rate will be below 6.5% and inflation in the medium term below 2.5%. Furthermore, instead of operation Twist, which ends at the end of the year, will buy government bonds with longer maturities of 45 billion USD and continue shopping MBA worth 40 billion USD. All market announcements were expected. Initial growth reaction was removed Fed chief's words, it is not a new release, but only a continuation of the measures already announced. Major stock indexes closed trading session around zero.Gold was also disappointing that the notification has grown to the level of 1 722 USD, it subsequently wrote off profits gradually. The positive response we observed only on oil, thanks to OPEC meeting, which kept production quota unchanged (30 million barrels per day).


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Bernanke in the accompanying speech, he also stated that the unemployment rate at current levels near 8% is "an enormous waste of human and economic potential of the country."

Fed's balance currently stands at 2.86 trillion dollars. It is estimated that by the end of 2013 the balance will grow to 4 billion dollars.

According to representatives of the Fed's target rate at 6.5%, not less than in 2015.

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