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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, 4:57 p.m.

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: Wed., July 10, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

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: Mon., July 8, 2019, 4:54 p.m.

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.


Powell says economy facing growing uncertainties

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the outlook for the U.S. economy has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

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, 8:07 p.m.

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: Tue., June 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.

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 …


Froma Harrop: A cap on interest rates charged consumers? Yes

The Loan Shark Protection Act would limit the interest charged on credit cards to 15 percent. A 15 percent cap would be too low — naively too low. Too bad …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 4:51 p.m.

Consumers should soon see benefit of Fed’s patience on rates

Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Fed set to signal no expectation of rate increases anytime soon

Noting risks, Fed is likely to signal no expectation of rate hikes in the coming months.


Stocks skid to 15-month low after Fed raises rates again

Stocks surrendered a substantial gain after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again and said it plans to keep raising them next year. Some investors had hoped the Fed would …


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 …


The debt threat: Business debt, and worries about it, are up

Homeowners appear to have learned the lesson of the Great Recession about not taking on too much debt. There is some concern that Corporate America didn’t get the message.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Higher rates: Sign of economic strength or a risk? Try both

This week’s dizzying sell-offs in the financial markets have been a rude reminder that the U.S. economy is no longer relying on ultralow interest rates to fuel growth. Yet the …


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.


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. …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Powell’s bullish outlook on U.S. economy rattles markets

New Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivered a message Tuesday that wasn’t quite what Wall Street had expected: The U.S. economy is doing well, maybe even better than he thought …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

How the market’s turmoil could affect Fed’s rate decisions

On Thursday, the Dow plunged over 1,000 points, bringing the index’s losses from its January highs to more than 10 percent. All of which has left investors wondering what the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

If interest rates rise, GM likely to expand subsidized loans

If auto loan interest rates rise as expected this year, General Motors and others are likely to make more subsidized loans, including zero-percent financing, to keep car sales flowing.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

Investment pros staying calm after rate fears clobber stocks

For more than a year, investors have brushed off bombastic talk about nuclear war, dysfunction on Capitol Hill and other worrisome situations. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Fed rate increase is third this year; foresees three more in 2018

The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional increases in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Fed set to raise rates as Yellen gives final news conference

Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year.


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, …


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 …


Samuelson: Fed chair walks political tightrope

It’s hard to imagine President Trump reappointing her if she can’t navigate the Fed through the approaching shoals.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Fed keeps key interest rates unchanged amid low inflation

The Federal Reserve is keeping its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a time of low inflation, which remains persistently below the Fed’s target level.