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What a Fed rate hike means for your personal finances

Maybe this time higher interest rates actually mean higher interest rates. A year ago, the Federal Reserve lifted the key U.S. interest rate for the first time in more than …


Fed raises key interest rate and foresees 3 hikes in 2017

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a solid U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three rate hikes in …


Regulators slap curbs on Wells Fargo for ‘living will’ plan

WASHINGTON – Federal regulators have slapped restrictions on Wells Fargo, finding that the big bank failed to adequately plug holes in the plan it would deploy if it fell into …


With Fed expected to hike rates, attention turns to what it says

There isn’t much doubt about what the Federal Reserve will do when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: It’s all but certain to raise its benchmark interest rate – its …


Gold ‘getting hit from all directions’ as investors flee funds

Everything’s against gold at the moment. Gold futures closed at the lowest level since February as the Federal Reserve gears up to raise rates, while U.S. equities at record levels …


Fed reports modest growth around nation in new survey

The Federal Reserve reports that the U.S. economy grew at a modest rate this fall, with solid gains in consumer spending helping to offset lingering weakness in exports stemming from …


U.S. consumer spending, incomes rose in October

U.S. consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted …


Silver ETF investors exit as bear market looms on rate concerns; others drop gold

With traders pricing in near certainty that U.S. borrowing costs will rise next month, silver investors are heading for the exit.


Yellen says she isn’t going anywhere when Trump takes office

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen appears unruffled by incoming President Donald Trump’s victory last week.


Fed boss Yellen: The ‘case for an increase’ in rates has strengthened

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sketched a picture Thursday of an improving U.S. economy and said “the case for an increase” in interest rates has strengthened. The Fed is widely …


Fed rate-hike odds approach 100 percent in Anticipation of Trump

Analysts spent early November warning a Trump victory in the U.S. presidential election would make the Federal Reserve less likely to raise interest rates. What happened instead is that it …


Banking plan aims to end ‘too-big-to-fail’ risks

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari proposed a series of new rules for banks and non-bank lenders that he said would eliminate the threat posed by financial institutions …


U.S. factory production improves in October

U.S. factory output rose slightly in October, aided by greater production of automobiles, home electronics and appliances.


Stocks struggle again as investors eye 2016 election

Stocks retreated for a seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, the market’s longest decline in five years, as investor worries about the U.S. presidential election continued to weigh on the market.


Federal Reserve hints at December interest rate increase, votes to keep status quo for now

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday subtly hinted that it could be ready to raise its influential interest rate in December amid steady improvement in the job market and solid economic …


Fed saw no-hike decision in September as ‘close call’

Federal Reserve officials last month kept a key interest rate unchanged but saw the decision as a “close call.” Many believed that the case for a rate hike had strengthened …


Stocks jump after Fed leaves interest rates unchanged

U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday as investors were relieved that the Federal Reserve once again left interest rates unchanged. That sent dividend-paying stocks higher, while energy companies jumped with the price …


Fed keeps key rate unchanged but hints of coming hike

The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged but sending a strong signal that it will likely boost rates before the end of the year.


Robert J. Samuelson: The old Fed is dead

Central banks aren’t as influential as we supposed. Low interest rates – a product of both policy and wider economic forces – haven’t had the expected rejuvenating effect.


A flurry of tepid economic data could lead Fed to delay hike

U.S. factory output fell, consumers cut back at retailers and wholesale prices went nowhere in August, the latest evidence of a less-than-robust economy. The weak numbers could give the Federal …


Stocks jump as Apple pulls tech companies up again

U.S. stocks changed course again Thursday and climbed as Apple led a big gain for technology companies and energy companies recovered some of their recent losses. Investors looked over a …


Consumer borrowing grows by $17.7 billion in July

American consumers increased their borrowing in July, though the category that includes credit cards grew at the slowest pace since February.


U.S. growth weakened slightly this summer, Fed report shows

The economy grew at a moderate or modest pace this summer in eight of the Federal Reserve’s 12 U.S. districts, a slowdown from previous reports that may make Fed policymakers …


Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.46 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week amid expectations in financial markets that an increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve may be on the horizon. Mortgage rates remain …


Case for interest rate hike ‘has strengthened in recent months,’ Fed chair says

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that an increase in a key interest rate was on the table at the central bank’s next meeting in September but that a …


Fed minutes: Conditions could ‘soon warrant’ a rate hike

Federal Reserve officials believed last month that near-term risks to the U.S. economy had subsided and that an interest rate increase could soon be warranted. But they did not indicate …


Robert Samuelson: Dodd-Frank reforms may have made financial panic more likely

What avoided another Depression was the quick response of the Federal Reserve, which supplied trillions of dollars of credit to banks and other financial institutions to offset the loss of …


Fed’s more upbeat tone suggests rate hike sometime this year

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged while noting that near-term risks to the economy have diminished. The Fed said Wednesday that the U.S. job market has …


Fed survey finds modest growth across most of U.S.

The Federal Reserve says the economy and hiring continued to expand modestly across most of the United States from mid-May through June, leaving some firms struggling to find skilled workers.


UPDATED: Wed., June 29, 2016

Fed gives OK to 30 banks to up dividends, buy back shares

The Federal Reserve has given the green light to major banks in the U.S. to raise dividends and buy back shares, judging them to have a sturdy enough financial foundation …