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S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq slightly higher ahead of Powell’s speech

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The S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq are cautiously strengthening Tuesday in anticipation of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that could shed light on the regulator’s plans to raise interest rates.

At a previous press conference, Powell said the disinflationary process had begun, but warned that the central bank’s fight against rising prices was not over.

“The focus will be on how Powell assesses the state of the U.S. labor market and whether the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) thinks economic conditions have improved or deteriorated since the previous meeting,” said Michael Hewson of CMC Markets.

“Markets will also be watching to see whether Powell continues the same disinflation narrative… If he admits that inflation may be much more resilient than the Fed thought a month ago, it could trigger a pullback in U.S. stock markets.”

Two-year U.S. bond yields, which best reflect expectations for short-term rates, peaked last week at 4.94% since 2007 and have held below that level ever since.

Futures on the Dow were little moved, with the S&P 500 up 0.14% and the Nasdaq 100 up 0.23%. Shares of Meta Platforms Inc gained 1.8% in over-the-counter trading after the company reported it will lay off thousands of employees as early as this week as part of a new round of layoffs.

Earlier we reported that inflation in Germany was 8.7% in February.

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ITB (International Trading Brachium) Broker Announced Its YouTube channel

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(Mahe, Seychelles-March 08, 2023) – ITB BROKER, LLC, an international forex broker, has announced that with our community growing, we believe that this will be the most effective medium to communicate with and so, we’re proud to announce the launch of ITB YouTube channel .

When a picture speaks a thousand words, How about a video?

  • Throughout our community building initiative, we strongly believe in video as our means of communication. Video has played a pivotal role in describing our futuristic services to our audience and in communicating our disruptive vision to potential traders or investors.
  • Over the next few weeks, we will be launching interesting videos on upcoming ITB features, bonuses, partnership or IB announcements and financial market expert interviews.
  • YouTube is a great place to pick up forex trading tips and learn how to use them in the real world.

There are a number of YouTubers that make great educational videos, perfect for beginners or those considering taking up forex trading. ITB group with over 10 years of financial experience provides you with useful tips and hints of forex trading via its  YouTube channel.

About ITB

ITB Broker or ITBFX is a leading provider of online foreign exchange (FX) trading, CFD trading, and related services.

Founded in 2017, the company’s mission is to provide enthusiastic traders with access to the world’s largest and most liquid market by offering innovative trading tools, applying excellent trading platform, meeting strict financial standards, and striving for the best online trading experience in the market.

In addition, ITB offers educational courses on FX trading and Cryptocurrencies on academy section of ITBFX website.

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U.S. budget deficit totaled $262 billion in February 

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According to a report from the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. budget deficit in February was $262,434 billion compared to a $38.8 billion deficit in January. The Dow 30 also had problems.

Analysts at DailyFX suggested that the nation’s budget deficit for February was expected to be $256 billion. A year earlier, in February, the U.S. posted a budget deficit of $216,590 billion.

According to the GAO report, U.S. government spending rose 3.5 percent year over year last month to $524.548 billion, while revenue, in contrast, declined 9.5 percent to $262,114 billion.

Earlier, the U.S. edition of the Washington Post published an editorial stating that the new draft budget proposed by the Biden administration undermines U.S. national security and its ability to invest in the future, because it suggests a further growth of the U.S. national debt.

The WP editorial board noted that the new draft budget assumes a $2 trillion budget deficit, including due to the high cost of providing health insurance to the elderly of the baby boomer generation.

Earlier we reported that the EU has agreed to reduce energy consumption by 11.7% by 2030.

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The EU has agreed to reduce energy consumption by 11.7% by 2030

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The European Union has agreed to reduce the bloc’s energy consumption by 11.7 percent by 2030, Reuters reported.

“This will mean a real change in favor of the climate and to the detriment of Putin,” the Danish Niels Fulsang, the European Parliament’s lead negotiator, told the agency.

Initially, in 2021, the EU proposed to reduce consumption by 9%, but in May 2022, against the background of events in Ukraine, increased the target to 13% to quickly abandon Russian energy, writes Forbes. The European Parliament considered it necessary to reduce consumption by 14%. The DAX Index also had problems.

Some EU countries have continued to insist on a 9% cut. An all-night negotiation between the EU and the European Parliament resulted in a compromise: the energy consumption of EU end-users, such as households and businesses, must be 11.7 percent lower than expected in 2030.

The agreement must pass final approval by the European Parliament and EU countries before it can become legally binding.

Earlier, we reported that consumers expect lower inflation in the eurozone, higher wages.

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