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The dollar remained broadly lower on Wednesday, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's highly-anticipated monetary policy statement due later in the day.

"Yields should edge higher", said Stanley Sun, US rates strategist at Nomura Holdings.

A relatively quiet North Korea and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments on a "peaceful solution" over the weekend eased some concerns for investors.

NORTH KOREA: Markets are also watching Trump's United Nations speech on Tuesday for any mention of military options on North Korea following its latest missile launch.

At her news conference following this week's Fed meeting, Yellen will likely be asked again if she wants to stay on as chair.

The lesson, investors say, is that what really matters to the bond market isn't so much what the Fed is doing, but what the policy changes mean for the U.S. economy in the months and years ahead.

The US central bank is expected to leave interest rates unchanged at its September 19-20 policy meeting, according to a Reuters poll of almost 100 economists, with markets pricing in a 52 percent chance of a rate hike coming at a December meeting.

Fed policymakers have downplayed stubbornly low inflation as the result of temporary factors for months, but the core CPI has not risen above 2.3 percent in six years.

The dollar was also trading in narrow ranges, edging down to 111.50 yen from 111.58 yen the day before.

Among the G7, the Bank of Japan (Thursday) and the Fed (Wednesday) hold policy meetings this week, as to does Norway's Norges Bank (Thursday).

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Political uncertainty may have a part to play in the BOJ's thinking.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering calling a poll for as early as next month to take advantage of his improved approval ratings and disarray in the main opposition party, according to government and ruling party sources.

Canada has already raised interest rates twice in recent months, while the Bank of England shocked many last week by flagging its own coming increases.

Meanwhile, traders have been speculating whether the European Central Bank is moving closer to wind down its 2.3 trillion euro asset purchase programme.

The Dow rose 0.3%, the S&P 500 gained 0.2% and the Nasdaq Composite edged up 0.1%. It rose 2 cents to $49.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

It traded at 53.76 British pence from 53.80 pence and at 60.77 euro cents from 61.23 cents.

In Asia on Monday Hong Kong ended up 1.3 percent, Shanghai closed 0.3 percent higher and Sydney rallied 0.5 percent.

Spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE to start unchanged and Germany's DAX and France's CAC to each open down about 0.1 percent. It's not a slam-dunk, as persistently subdued global inflation, despite a pick-up in growth, remains somewhat of an impediment to tightening monetary policy. Spot gold was down 1.04 pct at $1,305.46/oz. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, was up $1.05, or 1.9 percent, to $56.19 a barrel in London.

Reflecting concerns about the recent hurricanes, the National Association of Home Builders released a report on Monday showing a bigger than expected drop in US homebuilder confidence in the month of September.


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