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Samuelson: Should Fed run economy hot?

The lesson of the double-digit inflation of the late 1970s and early ’80s is that, once higher inflation captures popular psychology, it takes a crushing recession to purge it.


Wait and see: Stocks steady at beginning of jam-packed week

U.S. stock indexes held steady Monday at the beginning of a week full of events that could swing markets. The Federal Reserve may raise interest rates, more countries around the …


Yellen to speak after Fed officials hint rate hike is near

One by one, several Federal Reserve officials have signaled in recent days that the Fed is ready to resume raising interest rates as soon as this month. The question is …


Fed board member Powell says March rate hike possible

A top Federal Reserve official has added his voice to a growing group of Fed officials who are indicating that it might be appropriate to raise interest rates this month.


Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, breaking a holding pattern that prevailed for more than a month.


Gold isn’t behaving in practice the way it should in theory

What works for gold in practice rarely works in theory. The last three U.S. interest-rate increases that should, all other things being equal, be bad for the metal have seen …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

Consumer prices post biggest rise in nearly 4 years

U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

Yellen: Expect Fed to resume raising rates in coming months

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defended the central bank’s independence Wednesday from Republican lawmakers who are pushing for major changes in how the central bank operates and how regulators oversee …


Janet Yellen expects gradual pace for hikes but sees risk in delay

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the central bank still expects to raise interest rates gradually this year. But she said the Fed also recognizes the …


Fed leaves rates alone and gives no hint of when it may hike

The Federal Reserve has left its key interest rate unchanged at a time of solid economic gains but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration.


A $90 billion wave of debt shows cracks in real estate boom

A $90 billion wave of maturing commercial mortgages, leftover debt from the 2007 lending boom, is laying bare the weak links in the U.S. real estate market.


Profits at big banks surged last year as ‘Trump rally’ boosts bottom line

Profits at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America surged last year, the banks said Friday as the industry receives a boost from a stock market rally that accelerated after the …


Fed officials endorse gradual rate hikes as upside risks debated

Federal Reserve officials focused on the impact of potential fiscal stimulus during their December policy meeting, with many starting to worry that the central bank might eventually be forced to …


Dollar rises to 13-year high as U.S. stocks rebound, gold sinks

The dollar climbed to the highest level since 2003 against the euro and gold plunged as the prospect of a steeper path for U.S. interest rates filtered through markets. U.S. …


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 …


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 …


U.S. home sales reach strongest pace in nearly a decade

Americans bought homes in October at the fastest pace in nearly decade, helped out by low mortgage rates that have since started to climb following the presidential election of Donald …


U.S. stock indexes set records as oil prices jump

A jump in oil prices helped pull U.S. stocks to record highs Monday as investors continue to hope for a cut in oil production that could help prices go higher. …


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 …


30-year mortgage rate jumps to 3.94 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed this week, reflecting deep declines in U.S. government bond prices in the days after Donald Trump’s election victory.


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 …


Bonds plunge by $1 trillion this week as Trump seen as game changer

More than $1 trillion was wiped off the value of bonds around the world this week as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s policies are seen boosting spending and quickening inflation.


Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.57 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week.


U.S. consumer borrowing rose in September

American consumers boosted their borrowing in September, a potential sign that recent job growth and wage gains have left them slightly more comfortable with holding debt.


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 …


Three reasons the Fed will likely leave rates alone this week

Six days before Americans choose a new president and Congress, the Federal Reserve is expected Wednesday to leave its benchmark interest rate alone but possibly signal that it expects to …


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 …