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Fed seems content with low rates but confronts challenges

For the first time in years, Federal Reserve officials will hold their latest policy meeting this week feeling broadly satisfied with where interest rates are and with seemingly no inclination …


Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate alone Wednesday and signaled that it expects to keep low rates unchanged through next year.


Fed is likely to reinforce a message of continued low rates

The Federal Reserve is expected to send a clear message when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: Interest rates will likely stay ultra-low for the foreseeable future.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker has died

Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who in the early 1980s raised interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Trump summons Powell to discuss rates amid WH attacks on Fed

President Donald Trump summoned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to the White House on Monday to discuss the economy and interest rates – issues on which Trump has repeatedly attacked …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Fed’s Powell sees steady growth, signals pause in rate cuts

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell expects the U.S. economy to continue growing at a solid pace, though it still faces risks from slower growth overseas and trade tensions.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Fed cuts rates for a 3rd time but signals it will now pause

The Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates Wednesday for a third time this year to try to support the economy. But it signaled that it plans no further cuts unless …


Here’s the single phrase to watch for from the Fed this week

Economists and investors who are trying to get a fix on what the Federal Reserve may do in the months ahead have zeroed in on a single phrase in the …


Fed approves rules to loosen bank restrictions

The Federal Reserve is easing restrictions imposed on banks following the 2008 financial crisis, giving a victory to the banking industry and President Donald Trump.


Powell faces key question: What’s wrong with low inflation?

On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell instead said that low inflation can create problems for the U.S. economy, calling it one of the “longer-term challenges” facing the United States.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Trump’s Fed tweets shown to have ‘significant’ effect on trading

President Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks on the Federal Reserve are prompting investors to bet the central bank will bow to political pressure and lower interest rates, according to a new …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019

A divided Fed cuts key rate for 2nd time this year

A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year while saying it’s prepared to continue doing what it deems necessary to sustain …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

With Trump trade war a threat, Fed is set to cut rates again

For a second straight time, the Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week to try to protect the economy from the consequences of a global slowdown and …


Fed survey says growth is steady despite Trump’s trade wars

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday the U.S. economy is still growing steadily and most businesses are optimistic, even in the face of President Trump’s trade wars.


Powell may signal future rate cuts, but would they matter?

Under the glare of a spotlight, Chairman Jerome Powell may signal Friday what the Federal Reserve will do – or can do – to strengthen the economy and restore confidence …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Fed cuts key rate in its first reduction in more than decade

The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Powell says financial crisis accelerated economic changes

Fed Chairman Powell says 2008 financial crisis accelerated major changes in U.S. and global economies.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

Powell’s message to Congress: Rate cut is likely coming soon

Powell sends strong signal that Fed is prepared to cut rates in light of rising uncertainties.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

Powell says bank stress tests need to keep evolving

Powell called the tests, which determine whether a bank could survive a severe economic downturn, one of the “most successful supervisory innovations” achieved in the aftermath of the 2008 financial …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

U.S. stocks drop as traders weigh odds for steep Fed rate cut

Technology and health care companies drove U.S. stocks to a lower finish Monday as the market fell for a second straight day following a run of record highs.


Fed repeats pledge to act to sustain economic expansion

The Federal Reserve on Friday repeated its pledge to “act as appropriate” to sustain the current economic expansion, now the longest in U.S. history, while noting that most Fed officials …


Powell says economy facing growing uncertainties

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the economic outlook has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central bank to reassess …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

Fed says largest banks would survive crisis, in latest tests

Federal Reserve says 18 of the nation’s largest and most complex banks strong enough to withstand a severe economic downturn.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Fed leaves its key rate unchanged but hints of future cuts

The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday but signaled that it’s prepared to start cutting rates if needed to protect the U.S. economy from trade conflicts and …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cut

Jerome Powell has tantalized the financial world with the prospect that the Federal Reserve he leads may soon cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade. Probably …


Trump says he plans to keep criticizing Fed over rates

President Donald Trump says he has no intention of ending his public attacks on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policies even though he knows he has made Chairman Jerome Powell’s …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

U.S. hiring slows sharply as Trump’s trade war hits jobs

Hiring slowed sharply in May, as companies in industries hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war hesitated to bring on new employees.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019

Powell hints Fed will cut rates if needed over trade wars

Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Federal Reserve is prepared to respond to the Trump administration’s trade conflicts to protect the U.S. economy, signaling that the Fed will cut …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Powell: Policies needed to address slowdown in income growth

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility.


A Trump dilemma: Finding a dovish GOP ally to serve on Fed

The withdrawal Thursday of Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s choice for the Federal Reserve board, has thrown a spotlight on the tough task Trump has set for himself: Finding a …