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Analysts at Danske Bank points out that we have had a number of Fed speeches and the Fed Vice Chairman Clarida backed the more gradual approach to rate rises and stated that risks ‘was less skewed to the downside’.

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“While St. Louis Fed President Bullard was more cautious and said the Fed must monitor possible ‘cracks’ in the recovery, while others called for a more neutral policy and noted there were pockets of distress and that the trade dispute with China was not helping the economy.”

“The Fed Chairman was also criticised by President Trump for raising rates. Hence, there will be plenty of focus on the speech tonight by Powell.”