News Headline Summary

Fed's Bernanke says fiscal cliff would pose substantial threat

Says:
- Cooperation and creativity to solve fiscal cliff could help make 2013 a very good one for the American economy.
- Framework to out fiscal policy on stable long-run path urgently needed, but avoid adding to economic headwinds.
- Too early to assess full effects of QE3, but corporate bond and MBS yields have fallen significantly since announcement.
- US unemployment rate still well above - perhaps 2.0-2.5ppt - Fed's view of long-run sustainable levels.

Update details:

- These comments offer no new insight into any decision taken at the December meeting, and are a reiteration of most recent comments by Bernanke and the FOMC minutes.

Reaction details:

- In reaction to these comments e-mini S&P moved lower from 1386.25 to 1384.75 with disappointment on a lack of new information from the Fed chairman.
- T-notes moved higher 1.5 ticks, moving from 133.19+ yo 133.21.
- No reaction was seen in the USD.

Print 17:15, 20 Nov 2012 - Fed - Source: Newswires