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Fed Chair Powell says gradual rate hikes best approach

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that he sees no need to drop the central bank’s current gradual approach to raising interest rates.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Fed raises rates for thir time this year with another expected to come later

The Federal Reserve signaled its confidence Wednesday in the U.S. economy by raising a key interest rate for a third time this year, forecasting another rate increase before year’s end …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 5:37 p.m.

Three things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

The Federal Reserve will meet Wednesday, and whatever the central bank’s policymakers decide will affect the loan rates that consumers as well as businesses will face in the coming months.


Trump escalates attacks on the Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for raising interest rates, breaking with recent presidents’ practice of not commenting on the Fed’s handling of the economy.


Robert J. Samuelson: The Fed’s strange ‘independence’

“The Federal Reserve is meant to be independent of parochial political interests. But it’s got to operate – I think of this as a kind of band, sometimes wide, sometimes …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Fed is set to leave rates alone as trade war raises anxiety

The Federal Reserve will meet this week to assess an economy that has just enjoyed a healthy spurt of growth but faces a flurry of trade fights pushed by President …


Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve’s independence, saying he was “not happy” with the Fed’s recent interest rate increases.


Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate

The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects low unemployment and rising inflation will keep it on track to raise interest rates at a gradual pace over the next two years. …


Fed raises key rate and sees possible acceleration in hikes

The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid …


Fed watchers await rate forecast with a hike all but certain

Another interest rate increase is all but certain when the Federal Reserve meets this week. What’s not so sure is whether the vigorous U.S. economy will lead the Fed to …


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Fed proposes easing rule that limits risky bank trading

The largest U.S. banks would have leeway to take riskier trading bets for their own profit under proposed changes the Federal Reserve unveiled Wednesday.


Chairman Powell stresses importance of an independent Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed’s independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

Wells Fargo’s growth ban won’t end until vote of full Fed Board

Unprecedented growth restrictions imposed on Wells Fargo will stay in place until the Federal Reserve’s board agrees the bank has made enough progress in fixing flaws that led to customer-abuse …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

Fed in March discussed ‘slightly steeper’ future rate hikes

Federal Reserve officials at their March meeting, the first under new Chairman Jerome Powell, decided to stick with a gradual approach to rate hikes. But officials also discussed the possibility …


U.S. consumer debt rose a slight 3.3 percent in February

U.S. consumers increased their debt by just 3.3 percent in February, the weakest monthly change in nearly seven years despite an otherwise healthy economy.


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 1:35 a.m.

Chairman Jerome Powell says Fed expects to stick with gradual rate hikes

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday painted a mostly sunny view of the U.S. economy and said the Fed remains committed to raising its key interest rate gradually.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Fed raises key interest rate by a quarter-point

The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate and signaling that it is sticking with a gradual approach to rate hikes under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Fed set to raise rates as Powell gives first news conference

The Federal Reserve’s first meeting under Jerome Powell’s leadership will likely end Wednesday with an announcement that the Fed will resume its modest interest rate hikes.


Markets trying to judge level of Powell’s optimism

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell had a smooth public debut in his new job as head of the nation’s central bank. But investors want to know whether he is really …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Powell’s bullish outlook on U.S. economy rattles markets

New Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivered a message Tuesday that wasn’t quite what Wall Street had expected: The U.S. economy is doing well, maybe even better than he thought …


Prime-age men may never return to U.S. workforce, Fed paper says

Men in their prime working years have left the labor force at an astonishing rate and they may never return if the state of the U.S. job market holds, according …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes

The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same steady-as-it-goes message under new …


Powell pledges to remain alert to emerging stability risks

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the global economy is recovering strongly for the first time in a decade, but the central bank needs to remain alert to …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

How the market’s turmoil could affect Fed’s rate decisions

On Thursday, the Dow plunged over 1,000 points, bringing the index’s losses from its January highs to more than 10 percent. All of which has left investors wondering what the …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Powell sworn in as 16th chairman of Federal Reserve

Jerome Powell was sworn in Monday as the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve on what turned out to be a turbulent day for Wall Street, with the Dow Jones …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Fed halts Wells Fargo growth until bank improves internal controls

The Federal Reserve announced Friday it is imposing more penalties on Wells Fargo, freezing the bank’s growth until it can prove it has improved its internal controls. In addition, the …


Yellen lands new job at Brookings Institution

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the nation’s central bank, got a boisterous send-off from Fed staff, but she isn’t taking any time off. After her …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Wages up by most in 8 years as U.S. adds a robust 200K jobs

U.S. employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years, encouraging trends that suggest that the economy may accelerate …


Five things: What Yellen’s Fed tenure will be remembered for

As Jerome Powell prepares to succeed Yellen as leader of the U.S. central bank, here are five areas in which Yellen’s era at the Fed will be remembered.


Fed leaves key rate unchanged at Yellen’s final meeting

The Federal Reserve has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged but signaled that it expects to resume raising rates gradually to reflect a healthy job market and economy.