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How has the Federal Reserve's bond buying helped the economy?

Aug 19, 2021
Those bonds have helped keep lots of money flowing into the economy. But now, the Fed is signaling that its going to taper off its monthly purchases.
Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell is expected to address the tapering of the Fed's bond-buying at an upcoming conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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A corner of the bond market is showing signs of stress

Mar 13, 2020
After this week's global market crash, the credit market is showing signs of stress.
Markets in Europe and futures in the U.S. are up Friday morning after a mess Thursday.
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Bond yields are lower than during the financial crisis

Mar 9, 2020
But that may not be signaling that the economic damage from the coronavirus will be as bad as the Great Recession.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday.
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Bond yields hit a record low

Feb 28, 2020
Why are investors settling for such small returns? U.S. Treasurys are about the safest place to put your money.
A trader reacts during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday as markets continue to drop from COVID-19 uncertainty.
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More people are taking cash out of their homes

Feb 5, 2020
A recent study shows mortgage refinancing spikes before economic recession.
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What does the bond market tell us about the economy?

Sep 27, 2019
If you want to know what's going on in this economy, the bond market is a pretty good place to start.
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What's the appeal of the "century bond"?

Aug 29, 2019
Investors would sign up to loan the U.S. government money for 50 or even 100 years.
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What are negative interest rates?

Aug 22, 2019
While the U.S. waits on word of rate cuts, the global economy is seeing negative interest rates.
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Low interest rates have cost savers roughly half a trillion dollars

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Apr 10, 2019
The post-crisis financial policy has a downside.
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