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The Fed walks a tightrope: Stimulate the economy without causing a housing bubble

Jun 28, 2021
The central bank's been keeping interest rates low in part by buying up mortgage-backed securities. That has Fed officials keeping a wary eye on the housing market for signs of overheating.
The Federal Reserve building is seen January 22, 2008 in Washington, DC.
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The economy seems great for some people, dire for others. What's going on?

Jun 24, 2021
There's a disconnect between rising GDP and consumer spending — and the number of people out of work.
GDP is growing but unemployment claims are still high in this two-tiered economy.
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Predictions about GDP this fall

Jun 23, 2021
Some say the economy could get a boost in the fall, even with potential threats looming.
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How much control do presidents really have over the economy?

Feb 5, 2021
Normally presidents have very few tools to control the economy. With the COVID-19 pandemic, however, things are a bit different.
President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office on Jan. 28, 2021.
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Biden team inherits a stumbling economy

Jan 19, 2021
The new administration plans to focus lots of attention on the economy and propose a massive relief package as the recovery stutters and the virus surges.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris appear in Delaware during their successful campaign. The White House is expected to send Congress a massive relief package in the coming days.
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Trends to watch in 2021

Jan 1, 2021
A leading European investor and a business analyst in Asia share their predictions for a post-coronavirus world.
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Are Republicans better at talking about the economy?

Dec 3, 2020
Communication expert Lee Carter says President-elect Biden "underestimated how important the economy was to Americans."
Joe Biden and Donald Trump in their first presidential campaign debate. Lee Carter recalls that during the campaign, Trump emphasized the economy and Biden highlighted character issues.
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COVID-19 is putting the economy on fast-forward

Nov 24, 2020
Will that make it better or worse? Scott Galloway, professor at the NYU Stern School, weighs in with his new book, "Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity."
People wait in line to receive donated groceries on May 6, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City.
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What you need to know about “austerity”

Nov 16, 2020
Calls for austerity likely slowed the economic recovery from the Great Recession. Could that happen again?
Government spending during a recession needs to be like "turning into a skid," said economist J.W. Mason. "When your tax revenue is falling, you need to pick up the spending."
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Exit poll: Americans are deeply divided on COVID-19 and the economy

Nov 5, 2020
Those who voted for Biden said they are having a harder time in the COVID economy, according to exit polls done for major television networks.
A man casts his ballot at Tippecanoe Library on the first day of in-person early voting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Oct. 20, 2020.
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