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Rob Kim/Getty Images The U.S. economy looks healthy and interest rates are in the right place, but the Federal Reserve must brace for the unexpected, said New York Fed President John Williams. “The economy remains on a path of healthy growth, with a very strong labor market...
Drew Angerer/Getty Images The last line of defense between President Donald Trump’s game of politics with the Federal Reserve might not be Congress – but the U.S. central bankers themselves. Trump caused Fed watchers to raise their eyebrows in March, when he announced that he was nominating...
Scott Olson/Getty Images Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said Monday he sees a scenario in which the U.S. central bank may have to cut interest rates – but stressed that it must be justified by economic data. Evans, who is a voting member on...
Orhan Cam/Shutterstock That sound you hear is the Federal Reserve backing up a multi-trillion-dollar dump truck. The Fed is six months into a long-term effort to substantially reduce its unprecedentedly huge balance sheet, bringing an end to nearly a decade of extraordinary action to prop up the...
Hero Images/Getty Images The Federal Reserve has raised the federal funds rate four times this year. Rate increases are good news for millions of diligent American savers, especially those in retirement. Yields on certificates of deposit and savings accounts tend to rise with Fed rate increases. Here...
Alex Wong/Getty Images Interest rates are going up. The Federal Reserve has raised rates four times in 2018. And there could be more rate hikes in store for next year. Sure, the increases mean it will cost more to borrow. But you’ll benefit from getting better rates on high-yield...
Spencer Platt/Getty Images Deciding whether to raise short-term interest rates in December was harder than you may have thought. The Federal Reserve voted unanimously to hike interest rates in the fourth quarter by another quarter of a percentage point. The move was the fourth rate hike of...
Alex Wong/Getty Images The Federal Reserve wants to assure you it’s not running on autopilot. Minutes from the December Fed meeting indicate that policymakers are paying very close attention to market volatility and concerns about trade disputes and global growth forecasts. They’re also aware of how tricky...
Daniel Roland/Getty Imagse Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard praised the U.S. central bank’s decision to keep borrowing costs unchanged. “It’s time to wait and see how the economy develops, and I appreciated the way the decision came out,” Bullard said today in an...
Alex Wong/Getty Images Federal Reserve officials remained loyal to their message of patience and caution this week. From St. Louis to Washington, and from Cleveland to the Czech Republic, both voting and nonvoting members of the U.S. central bank’s rate-setting committee took to the public stage to...