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  • Janet Yellen: Full employment, stable inflation 'plausible' by the end of 2016

    In a speech at the Economic Club of New York on Wednesday, Yellen noted that the Fed's monetary policy committee's latest projections were for the unemployment rate to fall within the range of what officials think is full employment for the U.S. by the end of 2016, and for inflation to rise to...

  • Janet Yellen signals more aggressive stance toward banks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system. Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday that current regulatory rules might not be enough to prevent the kind of risk-taking that triggered the 2008 financial crisis and...

  • Inflation rebounds in March to 1.5 percent annually, quieting fears of disinflation

    Inflation rebounded in March to 1.5 percent year-over-year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday, in a development that will help allay fears that the economy is too weak to prevent ongoing disinflation despite the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts. Headline inflation had slowed to...

  • The week ahead in economics: France's Thomas Piketty, inflation and Janet Yellen

    While members of Congress are out of Washington this week, the French economist Thomas Piketty will be visiting to spread ideas that could become influential both in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Obama economic adviser: The Great Moderation is over, if it ever existed

    The so-called "Great Moderation" of low economic volatility between the mid-1980s and the financial crisis of 2008 was not as great as it seemed, and the future likely won't be as pleasant, according to President Obama's top economic adviser.

  • Chief of India's central bank criticizes Federal Reserve's monetary-easing efforts

    India's top central banker criticized the Federal Reserve in two appearances in Washington on Thursday, saying that the U.S. central bank should take into consideration the impact of its monetary-easing programs on emerging economies like India's. Raghuram Rajan, a University of Chicago...

  • Minutes show Fed struggled to agree on rate policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve struggled last month over how to convey to investors that it will raise short-term interest rates only slowly once it increases them from record lows. Two weeks before the Fed's regular meeting March 18-19, it held an unusual and previously unannounced...

  • Regulators finalize leverage ratio for big banks, would require $68 billion of extra capital today

    The amount of cash banks are required to hold in case of an emergency is increasing, thanks to a rule that U.S. regulatory agencies finalized Tuesday. The Federal Reserve and other agencies voted to increase the supplementary leverage ratio for the eight largest U.S. banks, requiring that they...

  • Federal Reserve governor Jeremy Stein, top bubble-watcher, resigns

    The Federal Reserve is losing its top bubble-watcher. Jeremy Stein, an Obama appointee who has served on the Fed's Board of Governors since 2012, submitted his resignation Thursday, effective late May. Stein, an academic economist before joining the Obama administration and then the central...

  • Trying to put 'human face' on jobs problem, Janet Yellen highlights workers with criminal records

    New Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen appears to have stumbled into a controversial area in her efforts to humanize the ongoing weakness of the U.S. labor market. In a speech monday at a conference on community reinvestment in Chicago, Yellen relayed anecdotes about three workers...

  • Janet Yellen: The job market is 'tougher now than in any recession' in some ways

    The problem with the U.S. economy isn't that workers lack the skills needed for today's jobs, it's that there aren't enough jobs to be had, Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said Monday.

  • The week ahead in economics: The jobs report and long-term unemployment

    As the economy slowly and haltingly recovers from the recession, a major question about the job market looms, namely, whether those who gave up looking for work in the past few years are ever coming back. A related question, with more immediate implications for the Federal Reserve in...

  • Shadow banking remains out of regulators' grasp

    Regulators implementing the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and trying to ensure that big banks don't fall into another crisis know that may be looking in all the wrong places. Instead of the big banks that are normally the focus of regulations meant to protect taxpayers and the broader...

  • Final tally: Economy grew at 2.6-percent rate in fourth quarter

    The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6-percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported in its third and final estimate of real gross domestic product Friday. The BEA had initially estimated that growth was 3.2 percent, but that was revised down to 2.4...

  • Fed blocks Citigroup from raising dividends

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday barred Citigroup from raising its dividend or boosting its stock buybacks, saying it's too hard to predict how some parts of the bank's global operation would fare in a sharp economic downturn. It was a setback for Citigroup Inc., one of the...



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