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Samuelson: Absent politics, Powell at Fed is fine

It will be Powell’s Fed. Assuming he’s confirmed by the Senate, Jerome (“Jay”) Powell will become the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in early 2018. Almost by definition, he instantly becomes the most important economic policy-maker in the world. But who is he? Outside economic circles, hardly anyone knows.

Economists see only slight impact from Fed bond trimming

The nation’s business economists believe that the Federal Reserve’s long-awaited move to start reducing its massive bond holdings will push long-term bond rates higher but most think the impact will be fairly modest.

Yellen tells Congress to expect more rate increases

Despite low inflation and a lot of uncertainties in the economic outlook, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she sees the need for the central bank to keep making gradual interest rate increases in the next few years.

U.S. mortgage rates blip higher

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up this week as the benchmark 30-year rate bounced back from a seven-month low.

Fed raises key rate, unveils plan to reduce bond holdings

The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the third time in six months, providing its latest vote of confidence in a slow-growing but durable economy. The Fed also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, which could cause long-term rates to rise.

Fed is set to raise rates this week despite political tumult

The Washington political world is in disarray. Britain’s election tumult has scrambled the outlook for Europe. And economies in the United States and abroad are plodding along at a pace that hardly suggests robust health.

Fed minutes sound note of caution about June rate hike

The central bank is watching for evidence that a recent slowdown in the economy is temporary and that inflation is heating up toward its goal before committing to another interest rate hike, minutes from the Federal Reserve’s May 2-3 meeting showed.