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  • 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...

  • New York Fed: Megabanks are too big to fail, and engage in more risk-taking

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued a study Tuesday concluding that the largest U.S. banks are perceived by investors to enjoy an implicit guarantee from the government, and another report finding that the biggest banks engage in riskier activities. The question of whether the largest...

  • Survey: Economists see US growth pickup this year

    With the pace of U.S. economic growth seen speeding up later this year and next, many business economists expect the Federal Reserve to end its bond purchases this fall or even earlier.

  • The week ahead in economics: Clarifying Janet Yellen, the debt and consumer confidence

    Last week, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen briefly threw off markets with an offhanded remark following the Fed's monetary policy announcement that the first interest rate hikes in more than five years would likely come roughly six months after the Fed's monthly asset purchases have been...

  • Federal Reserve: Banks better positioned to withstand crisis, even with huge losses

    U.S. megabanks are better poised now to survive a crisis than they were in 2008, the Federal Reserve announced Thursday, despite the fact that they would suffer massive losses in another panic. The Fed announced the results of the stress tests it conducts as required by the Dodd-Frank...

  • The five numbers Janet Yellen watches for signs the jobs market is improving

    On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced that it was discontinuing its 6.5 percent unemployment rate threshold for considering raising short-term interest rates above zero percent. Instead of the unemployment rate, the Janet Yellen-led Fed said that it would “assess progress” toward...

  • Janet Yellen comes off as a monetary 'hawk' in first press conference at Federal Reserve

    Janet Yellen sounded "hawkish" -- more inclined to raise rates and avoid inflation -- in her first press appearance as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Wednesday. Or, at least, that was what investors took away from her comments. Stock markets fell after the Fed released its statement of...

  • Janet Yellen to enter spotlight as new leader of Fed

    Investors will be watching closely Wednesday for any hints of how a Janet Yellen-led Federal Reserve might differ from the path set by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke.

  • Inflation slows to just 1.1 percent through February

    Inflation slowed to just 1.1 percent annually in February, according to the Consumer Price Index published Tuesday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Core inflation, which factors out increases in food and energy prices and is generally less volatile, was higher, at 1.6 percent....

  • CFPB's spending skyrockets nearly 50 percent

    The CFPB balance sheet, published last week by the Fed's board of governors, may do little to quash concerns of critics and some in Congress that the agency needs tighter controls on its spending and additional oversight by those on Capitol Hill.

  • The week ahead in economics: The Fed meets, housing finance and inflation

    The key question regarding the first monetary policy meeting of the Federal Reserve System in the Janet Yellen era on Tuesday and Wednesday is whether the central bank will change its guidance about zero interest rates, and how.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren questions Federal Reserve candidate Stanley Fischer on Citigroup ties

    Stanley Fischer, candidate for vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, appeared to have relatively strong support at his confirmation hearing. But he did face a series of tough questions from Sen. Warren relating to his three years working for Citigroup in the early 2000s.



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