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How a simple statement from Fed Chair Jerome Powell can cause the markets to fluctuate

Jul 19, 2019
Investors look closely for signs of a rate cut or hike. Here are some examples of how his words moved the Dow.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference on Dec. 19, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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The Boston Fed president says the economy is doing "quite well"

What could this mean for an interest rate cut this month?
Eric Rosengren has been serving as the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since 2007.
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A guide to the Federal Reserve’s board of directors

Jul 19, 2019
The Federal Reserve is a complex system that includes dozens of bankers and economic leaders. But who has influence?
A view of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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Why is central bank independence so important, anyway?

Jul 8, 2019
Economist Arthur Laffer said the Fed should be "subjected to democracy." But what would that look like?
A view of the U.S.'s central bank, the Federal Reserve, in Washington D.C.
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A history of the Fed's interest rate hikes

Jun 19, 2019
When it fears inflation might be getting too high, the Federal Reserve typically raises interest rates.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:   Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Fed has decided to leave interest rates unchanged. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Why the Federal Reserve makes comic books

May 21, 2019
“We just wanted to create a tool that was accessible.”
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Beige Book, illustrated: worker shortages, immigration woes and tariff chaos

Mar 6, 2019
The collection of anecdotes lets us in on interesting economic realities.
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Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen: Far from retired, nowhere near done

Feb 25, 2019
Yellen talks to us about the economy, Fed policy and President Trump.
Janet Yellen at a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Sept. 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
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It's time for the Federal Reserve's annual game of musical chairs

Jan 29, 2019
The Fed presents a united front when it makes decisions, but not everyone on the Federal Open Market Committee has a say on interest rates.
People wait for a press conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2017.
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Fed Gov. Lael Brainard on the longest shutdown in history

Jan 18, 2019
The economy has been "pretty healthy," she says, but the shutdown is one of the downside risks the Fed is watching.
"Every time that the economy gets to a shutdown or a debt limit, you really do sense that desire from Americans across the country for the government to function well, and to be predictable, and I think that's what we're seeing today. People want to go back to work. They want to get their paychecks. This is affecting communities all over the country," said member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Lael Brainard.
 
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