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Global stocks tumble after Trump 'crazy' Fed comment

11 October 2018

The Fed has predicted that unemployment will remain below 4 percent through 2020 and inflation is expected to track around 2 percent, conditions that Federal Reserve chief Jerome H. Powell called "remarkably positive".

Rising bond yields have been drawing investors out of the stock market, and the best-performing stocks over the past year took some of the biggest losses on Wednesday.

He has frequently criticized the United States central bank for gradually raising interest rates, and on Wednesday reiterated his position: "I really disagree with what the Fed is doing". "It's all about investors rethinking their exposure to stocks."Many of the biggest United States names fell hard in Wednesday's session, with Apple, Boeing and Facebook all slumping more than four percent and Amazon, Nike and Microsoft shedding more than five percent".

Higher interest rates tend to moderate economic growth and makes borrowing more expensive for the USA government as well as businesses and consumers.

US President Donald Trump said yesterday's stock market selloff was in fact a long awaited "correction", and that the Federal Reserve, which has been raising US interest rates, has gone "crazy". "They're so tight. I think the Fed has gone insane", Trump said.

The S&P 500 was also down 3% while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 4%.

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Trump's comments echo his previous criticisms of recent months, which broke more than two decades of White House tradition of avoiding comments on monetary policy out of respect for the independence of the US central bank. Economists generally agree that in order to prevent runaway inflation, the Federal Reserve can raise interest rates to restrain the money supply.

The central bank's preferred measure of inflation is roughly at policy makers' 2 percent objective, and Powell said last week that "the outlook of forecasters inside and outside the Fed is for more of the same".

"I believe this selling is an overdone panic", Feinseth said. "I like to stay uninvolved", Trump said.

Elsewhere, insurance companies dropped as Hurricane Michael continued to gather strength and came ashore in Florida bringing winds of up to 155 miles an hour. In Paris, shares in Kering fell almost 10 percent, LVMH over seven percent and Hermes around five percent. The stock fell 16.8 percent to 49 cents.

Sears has closed hundreds of stores and sold several famous brands or put them on the block as it sees more customers abandon its stores. Tiffany plunged 10.2 percent to $110.38 and Ralph Lauren fell 8.4 percent to $116.96.

Global stocks tumble after Trump 'crazy' Fed comment