Brexit, trade wars, slow economic growth and heightened tensions with Russia, not exactly the ideal environment for a central bank to consider raising interest rates. Yet, that's exactly what the Bank of England is doing and on Thursday, they may signal and intention to do just that at the next meeting in May.
U.S. futures are coming under pressure once again ahead of the open on Thursday, as investors continue to display an anxiety about the path of interest rates against a backdrop of escalating trade conflicts.
It is new Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s first real opportunity to steer the ship in the semi-annual congressional testimony. He first addresses the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday at 9:00 am Central and then the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday at the same time. Speculation on the path of interest rates hikes have led to fickle market conditions.
The S&P 500 hit a new record high on Wednesday, while Treasuries continued to sell off after President Trump announced the tax plan framework, giving the dollar another boost against its major counterparts.