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How big a problem is rising inflation in the United Kingdom?

Nov 3, 2021
For Alfred G Pearce, the biggest veggie producer in the U.K., signs of inflation are everywhere.
Everyday shoppers in the U.K. paid prices in September that were 3.1% higher than they were a year ago.
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Does the Federal Reserve have the power to fight climate change?

Sep 17, 2021
The central bank can "be an assist" on climate risk, says economist Claudia Sahm, but Congress sets the priorities.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The Fed can do research and integrate climate risk into bank stress tests, economist Claudia Sahm says. But mainly it "follows orders; Congress tells it what to do."
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Why the Fed is taking longer than other central banks to ease COVID relief

Jun 16, 2021
The Fed has a dual mandate to control inflation as well as unemployment, unlike other central banks.
A view of the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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What role does the Fed have in mitigating climate change?

Jun 4, 2021
The Fed has to walk a fine line between mitigating disaster and shifting monetary policy to focus on fighting climate change.
Federal Reserve Board Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress."
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World Bank president forecasts "subdued" economic recovery for 2021

And that's if vaccine distribution stays on track, David Malpass says.
"If you only come back 4% this year [in growth for the world economy], you're not back to where you were, even at the end of 2021," World Bank President David Malpass said.
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In COVID-19 outbreak, IMF urges coordinated action

Mar 5, 2020
The IMF had a call with 189 member countries Tuesday to discuss a coordinated response to COVID-19.
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank Group President David Malpass bump elbows instead of shaking hands at a press briefing on COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2020.
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Why U.S. interest rates won’t go negative ... yet

Jul 31, 2019
The Federal Reserve just announced it’s cutting interest rates. But in many parts of the world, interest rates are in negative territory. Given the right circumstances, U.S. rates could go negative, too.
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Central banks rush to gold

Oct 4, 2016
Central banks' purchases of the precious metal worry some onlookers.
Central banks are going on a gold-purchasing spree.
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Fed officials touch a market nerve

Sep 12, 2016
Governors offering their (opposing) thoughts spark volatility in markets.
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in June.
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Why junk bonds are back in vogue

Sep 8, 2016
In a search for yield, investors are turning to these relatively risky investments.
Flags fly over the Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C. Investors are choosing the route of junk bonds because the Federal Reserve's policy of low interest rates is helping push down yields on safer bonds. 
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