July 2018
Non-Operating
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National Non-Operating Observations
Overall macroeconomic conditions remained stable in June. U.S. employment, as measured by the monthly change in non-farm payrolls, continued the strong, consistent growth shown since early 2011 . The 4 percent unemployment rate was down from a high of nearly 10 percent in the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis. U.S. policymakers have kept a keen eye on the overall employment picture and its corresponding impact on wage and price inflation, especially as the U.S. economy appears to be nearing full employment. The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate two times in 2018, putting upward pressure on short-term rates. The Fed is expected to raise rates twice more before year end, and the next Federal Open Market Committee meeting is scheduled to end on August 1. Long-term interest rates, however, have not increased as much, and even decreased broadly from April to June. This has led to a broad flattening of the borrowing yield curve, with investors only demanding relatively small increases in yield for lending money for longer maturities.
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