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Worried about a slowing economy, Fed officials want to maintain a key stimulus program

Amid growing worries about a slowing economy, Federal Reserve officials indicated at their meeting last month that they plan later this year to stop paring back a key stimulus program …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Fed Chairman Powell says prosperity not felt in all areas; economy doesn’t face elevated recession risks

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell does not feel the probability of a recession “is at all elevated,” and that the country is continuing to see solid economic growth.


Robert J. Samuelson: Job creation is job one

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome (“Jay”) Powell didn’t waste much time getting to the point at last week’s press conference. “My colleagues and I have one overarching goal: to sustain the …


US average mortgage rates edge up; 30-year at 4.46 percent

U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged up after declining in recent weeks.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Fed sees low rates well into future and excites Wall Street

The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged and signaling that it could leave rates alone in coming months given global economic pressures and mild inflation. The Fed …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

Three things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

The Federal Reserve is set Wednesday to leave its key short-term interest rate alone and to signal that it will remain cautious this year about raising rates further.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertainty

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday business contacts in many regions of the country are expressing less optimism amid a host of adverse developments, from plunging stock prices to uncertainty about …


Powell says he would reject any Trump request to resign

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump, a message that heartened investors who had been concerned …


Trump assails Fed as the ‘only problem our economy has’

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Federal Reserve on Monday after administration officials spent the weekend trying to assure the public and financial markets that Jerome Powell’s job as …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Fed raises rates for fourth time in 2018 but sees fewer increases in future

The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy’s continued strength but signaling that it expects to slow increases …


After the Fed’s likely rate hike this week, all bets are off

On Wednesday, the Fed is set to announce its fourth rate hike of the year. But after this week, no one is sure what it will do. Neither, most likely, …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Fed survey cites rising concerns about trade tariffs

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy was growing in the fall, but there were concerns about higher tariffs from a widening trade war, rising interest rates and …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Powell: U.S. economy healthy, rate increases aren’t automatic

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes …


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.