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Economy

YELLEN SAYS GOODBYE WITH A THIRD INTEREST RATE RISE

Washington / President of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed), Janet Yellen, today said goodbye to the body with a new interest rates rise, to leave them in the range of between 1.25 and 1.5%, and an improvement in growth forecasts, a testament to the good economic health in the country. It is the third highest price of money in 2017.

“The labour market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has been growing at a solid rate,” Yellen said at her last press conference, before leaving office at the beginning of next year, following the monetary policy meeting of the U.S. central bank.

The body did not give surprises and confirmed what has been advanced in recent weeks by several of its governors and underpinned by the new series of economic indicators: the unemployment rate closed in November at 4.1%, a level not seen since 2000; and the annual growth rate in the third quarter stood at 3.3%.

However, the vote on the Fed’s statement ended with seven supporters and two votes against, those of the governor in the district of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, and that in Chicago, Charles Evans, the first time in more than a year with more of a dissent.

Fed also pointed out that it expects three additional rate hikes throughout 2018.

In parallel, the body disclosed its new growth forecasts, which rose to 2.5% for both 2017 and 2018, compared to 2.4% and 2.1% three months ago, respectively.

“Currently, U.S. economy is doing well (…) I feel good about the economic outlook,” Yellen said.

The current president will leave office in February 2018 after President Donald Trump decided to appoint Jerome Powell, a member of the Board of Governors in the Fed, as a successor and currently in the process of confirmation by the Senate.

From Washington to the EFE Agency, Alfonso Fernández. (December 14, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que…
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es posible que suban los tipos de interés en EE.UU.
B
los tipos de interés suben por primera vez en este año en EE.UU.
C
vuelven a subir los tipos de interés en Estados Unidos en 2017.
Question 2
Según el texto…
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Janet Yellen será sustituida por Jerome Powell.
B
Powell será presidente de la Fed el mes que viene.
C
no se conoce el nombre del sucesor de Yellen en la Fed.
Question 3
Según el texto…
A
la economía estadounidense está yendo bien.
B
está empeorando la economía en Estados Unidos.
C
no ha mejorado mucho la situación económica en EE.UU.
Question 4
En la noticia se dice que…
A
ha aumentado en los últimos años el número de personas en paro.
B
el número de personas en paro es inferior al de hace 17 años.
C
la Fed no ha dado ningún dato positivo relacionada con el empleo.
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es posible que los tipos de interés vuelvan a subir el año que viene.
B
descarta que haya una subida de tipos de interés el próximo año.
C
confirma que habrá otra subida de los tipos de interés el año que viene.
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