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A subdued reading on rates

Apr 2, 2012
The survey consensus was for no increase to slight increase in interest rates for 2012. Nothing dramatic. Very muted. There's no sense that the economy will turn gangbusters. At best, the economy will show modest gains in 2012.
Posted In: interest rates, Economy, bonds, Savings

What the Federal Reserve has left in its arsenal

Mar 12, 2012
What more can the Federal Reserve do to help boost the American economy?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, Operation Twist

The future of low-cost borrowing

Feb 28, 2012
The Federal Reserve's policy of low interest rates allows the government to borrow money at little cost. But analysts predict it's just a matter of time before interest rates shoot back up.
Posted In: borrowing, interest rates, U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve

Bernanke stands firm on low interest rates

Feb 7, 2012
How does Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke know the economy will need low interest rates through 2014? He doesn’t, but we listen anyway.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, interest rates

The downside of low interest rates

Jan 26, 2012
Retirees see less return on savings; some businesses invest in tech, not workers.
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Watching the Fed

Jan 24, 2012
Tomorrow the Federal Reserve Bank will let all 17 members of its committee publicly reveal they think will happen to interest rates in the coming months and years. Will this be good news for nervous markets?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, Fed

Existing home sales up for 2011

Jan 20, 2012
Slightly stronger pre-loved home sales made 2011 a better year for realtors, but a “shadow inventory” still lurks.
Posted In: housing market, interest rates, shadow inventory, Housing

Americans choose renting

Jan 5, 2012
Despite record-low mortgage rates, Americans are yet to wade back into home-ownership.
Posted In: rental, apartments, interest rates, architecture, unemployment

Federal Reserve to give quarterly interest rate reports

Jan 3, 2012
That's instead of the usual 'for the foreseeable future' thing they usually do. The Fed is striving to be more open in its communication.
Posted In: interest rates, Federal Reserve

What low inflation means for the economy

Dec 30, 2011
Low interest rates and low inflation will help play into policy decisions, such as the future of the Federal Reserve.
Posted In: inflation, interest rates, Federal Reserve

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