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What it will take to get a 6.5% unemployment rate

Dec 14, 2012
The Federal Reserve says it will keep interest rates near zero until the unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent. But what will it take to get there?
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Federal Reserve, Unemployment, fiscal cliff

Optimism at the mall: Retail sales up

Dec 13, 2012
Despite some worries about consumer demand this holiday season, U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in November.
Posted In: Retail, Federal Reserve

What did the Fed just do?

Dec 13, 2012
What did Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke do yesterday? He put speed limit signs up on the freeway.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

Fed announces new plan for ailing economy

Dec 13, 2012
The Federal Reserve has spelled out what it’s going to do to try to juice up the economy. Yesterday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced a new strategy that ties the Fed’s actions to unemployment and inflation rates.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, Unemployment

Bernanke says 'fiscal cliff' is a good name for a scary thing

Dec 12, 2012
Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said he's going to keep interest rates at or near zero as long as the unemployment rate is higher than 6.5 percent, and the inflation rate is 1.5 percent or less.
Posted In: Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve, fiscal cliff

Fed wraps up regular policy meeting

Dec 12, 2012
It's the second and final day of the regular policy meeting at the Federal Reserve. Later today we'll hear what, if any, additional monetary stimulus the Fed Board might endorse as the latest round of quantitative easing is set to expire.
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Markets await news from Federal Reserve

Dec 11, 2012
The Federal Reserve committee that sets U.S. monetary policy meets today and tomorrow.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Investing, QE3

Fed expected to continue 'QE3'

Dec 11, 2012
Fed boards hopes to nurture housing recovery with purchase of mortgage-backed securities.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, QE3, quantitative easing, fiscal cliff

Might the Federal Reserve tie policy to employment?

Nov 14, 2012
The number two official at the U.S. Federal Reserve, Vice Chair Janet Yellen, has thrown her weight behind a major change in Fed policy. The issue is how the central bank should schedule its stimulus policies.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Unemployment

New technology for Fed's money-counting machines

Oct 22, 2012
Now the Federal Reserve's money-counting machines can read bills worth $20 or less even if they're upside-down. They used to destroy bills that weren't stacked correctly.
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