More Federal Reserve Articles

  • In first public speech, new Federal Reserve vice chairman dismisses breaking up big banks

    Stanley Fischer warned that "actively breaking up the largest banks would be a very complex task, with uncertain payoff," even though some critics say more regulation is needed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. 

  • House GOP bill turns to Bush economist to rein in Fed

    House Republicans are trying again to rein in the Federal Reserve, this time with a bill that would force the central bank to explain its monetary policy decisions to Congress.

  • Fed sets an expiration date for quantitative easing

    Federal Reserve officials have an end in mind for the latest round of quantitative easing: If all goes to plan, they will taper the central bank's bond purchases from the current $35 billion a month to zero by October.

  • Is the 'recovery summer' for real this time?

    There are finally signs that the long-awaited recovery, complete with above-trend economic growth, may finally be underway.

  • 'True' unemployment rate falls to 8.3 percent

    Just how much of the decline in labor force participation is due to long-term, secular factors and how much is due to cyclical weakness is a matter of ongoing debate.

  • Yellen sees little threat to financial stability

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she doesn't see a need for the Fed to start raising interest rates to defuse the risk that extremely low rates could destabilize the financial system. Yellen said she does see "pockets" of increased risk-taking. But she...

  • Why Janet Yellen won't raise rates to prevent another financial bubble

    There's no financial bubble right now worrisome enough to justify raising interest rates, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen reasserted Wednesday.

  • Most households still not borrowing

    Six years out from the financial crisis, most Americans are still not borrowing more, despite well-qualified borrowers taking out loans.

  • The week ahead in economics: Two big questions about the U.S. economy will be answered this week

    On Thursday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release May data on personal income and spending. That report will include the personal consumption expenditures price index, which is the price index that officials at the Federal Reserve watch most closely.

  • Fed sees healthy unemployment a year earlier than projected

    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen proclaimed “welcome news” in April: The prospect of a healthy economy was within the medium-term forecast. Fed officials expected the unemployment rate to fall to near 5.5 percent, with inflation stabilizing near the Fed's 2 percent target. The...

  • Janet Yellen sees no need to prick any bubbles or beat back inflation

    The Federal Reserve isn't likely to cut its stimulus programs short to stave off rising inflation or reduce the risk of an asset bubble, Chairwoman Janet Yellen suggested Wednesday. The Fed reasserted in its monetary policy announcement that its bond-buying program and promises to keep...

  • Federal Reserve takes a step toward ushering out stimulus

    The Federal Reserve moved closer to ushering out its massive quantitative easing program Wednesday, announcing that it would reduce its monthly stimulus by $10 billion.

  • International Monetary Fund cuts U.S. growth forecast

    The International Monetary Fund sees a more painful short-term future for the U.S. economy than the U.S. government does. The IMF on Monday projected U.S. growth clocking in at just under 2 percent this year, a significant downgrade from the IMF's projection of 2.7 percent growth last year....

  • Federal Reserve prepared to lower two big projections

    With inflation expected to rise and unemployment projected to fall, the taper is likely to continue despite negative economic growth.

  • Feds look to water down mortgage reform

    Three years after it was proposed, one of the major post-crisis mortgage regulations is on track to be finalized — but on terms much looser than originally envisioned.



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