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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 …

Nation’s largest banks all pass Fed’s ‘stress tests’

The largest U.S. financial institutions have enough armor to withstand the turmoil of a major and prolonged national and global recession, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

Lots of unknowns keeping the Fed cautious

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces numerous uncertainties from slowing job growth to stubbornly low inflation that compel the Fed to proceed cautiously in …

A late decline erases gains for U.S. stock market indexes

Stocks were posting modest gains on Wednesday in midday trading, recovering after four days of losses, as investors waited to hear from the Federal Reserve regarding interest rates later in …

Leaving rates alone, Fed sees slow pace of hikes ahead

WASHINGTON – The Latest on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting, which ends at 2 p.m. with the release of a policy statement and then a news conference by …

Fed expected to give wait-and-see message

This month, when the government issued a surprisingly bleak hiring report for May, it suddenly raised doubts about the health of the job market. And it caused most Fed-watchers to …

Consumer borrowing slowed in April

Consumers slowed their borrowing in April after pushing up their debt levels by a record amount in March.

Yellen calls May jobs report ‘disappointing,’ signals Fed will wait on rate hike

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday called the surprisingly weak May jobs report “disappointing” and signaled that central bank policymakers would wait at least a month on another interest …

Applications for US unemployment benefits dipped last week

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

U.S. economy better than initially thought

Economic growth at the start of the year wasn’t as bad as initially estimated, boosting the chances that Federal Reserve policymakers will raise a key interest rate next month.

Most American households doing better financially

Most American households say their finances have strengthened slightly, but nearly half report that they would struggle to meet $400 in expenses from an unexpected emergency, according to the Federal …

Stocks fall over continued worry about possible Fed hike

The Dow fell 91.22 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,435.40. The S&P 500 lost 7.59 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,040.04. The Nasdaq composite gave up 26.59 points, or 0.6 …

Federal Reserve targets June for possible second rate hike

Federal Reserve officials believe that a June interest rate hike is likely at the central bank’s next meeting in June if the economy keeps improving.

Fed will likely keep rates unchanged in face of global slump

The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood …

Fed survey finds U.S. economy still expanding

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy kept expanding in late February and March, despite weakness in the energy sector and a slowdown in exports of some factory and …

Yellen stresses that Fed foresees gradual pace of rate hikes

NEW YORK – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the Fed still envisions only a gradual pace of interest rate increases in light of global pressures that could …

Stocks close at highest level of the year

Stocks closed at their highest level of the year as investors welcomed the latest signal from the Federal Reserve that it would move slowly to raise interest rates.

Fed chief Janet Yellen foresees gradual pace of rate hikes

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the Fed still envisions a gradual pace of interest rate increases in light of global pressures that could weigh on the U.S. …

Fed keeps key rates unchanged; foresees fewer hikes in 2016

The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.

With no rate hike seen, Fed’s outlook on economy is awaited

The financial world is awaiting the Federal Reserve’s response to a critical question: How stable are the world’s economies and financial markets?

Robert J. Samuelson: Expansions always die out

Economic expansions cannot escape the reality of the business cycle.

Fed worried by global turmoil, minutes show

Federal Reserve policymakers expressed growing concerns at their meeting last month about potential threats to the U.S. economy, including turbulence in financial markets, plunging oil prices and slowing growth in …