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Federal Reserve stimulus: Preview and post-view

Jul 17, 2013
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke made his semi-annual testimony on Capitol Hill today. He told lawmakers that Fed tapering of economic stimulus is not "pre-ordained."
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, quantitative easing

June retail sales up, but not over

Jul 15, 2013
Retail sales ticked up 0.4 percent in June but came in below analyst expectations.
Posted In: Retail, consumer behavior, Federal Reserve

Ben Bernanke's swan song

Jul 15, 2013
Fed chair Ben Bernanke heads to Capitol Hill for his last semi-annual two-day testimony. He may face tough questions, reflecting perceived politicization of his role in the absence of coordination between Congress and the White House.
Posted In: Fed, Bernanke, Congress, Obama congress, Federal Reserve

Rising interest rates impacts banks

Jul 12, 2013
As Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase kick off bank earnings season, it's a chance to see the effect rising interest rates are having on our nation's banks.
Posted In: Banks, interest rates, Earnings, Federal Reserve

The Fed is still in the game, and stocks are reacting

Jul 11, 2013
Susan Schmidt, head of equities at Mesirow Financial, discusses the key takeaways of the latest notes from the Federal Reserve.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, quantitative easing, stock market

Wall Street reads the Fed's tea leaves

Jul 10, 2013
More nuanced news from the Federal Reserve today on the future of its stimulative bond buying program – and Wall Street is reading the tea leaves.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, quantitative easing

When a deflating economy may not be all that bad

Jul 2, 2013
Chrysler and Ford are reporting strong sales numbers, particularly truck sales, for June. Though manufacturing data across several other industries is down.
Posted In: Unemployment, Federal Reserve, jobs report, deflation

Interested in running the Fed? Any one?

Jun 28, 2013
Now that President Obama has suggested publicly that Ben Bernanke might not stay on at the Federal Reserve past January, the quest is on for replacements.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, Janet Yellen

Top central banker calls investors 'feral hogs'

Jun 25, 2013
A Federal Reserve banker in Texas has warned the so-called 'feral hogs' of the financial markets to stop overreacting to the Federal Reserve's plans to wind down quantitative easing. What does it all mean?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, bonds, interest rates, quantitative easing

Should we be worried about rising interest rates?

Jun 21, 2013
Interest rates are going up. What does that mean for consumers?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, buying a home

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