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Missed “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal on air? Catch up here! Listen now

Central banks are searching for new tools

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 23, 2020
The ECB and the Federal Reserve are attempting to figure out if their approach to monetary policy still works.
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said she’s also looking for answers from the public on how to change the bank's monetary policy strategy.
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For Dallas Fed president, the phase one deal is "stabilization"

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Jan 14, 2020
Robert Kaplan weighs in on how trade has shaped the central bank and where the economy is headed next.
"I think the trade dispute with China is going to go on for years," says Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
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Trying to solve an inflation mystery

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 13, 2020
When prices for an item swing wildly up and down, they can drastically skew inflation measurements. A new index aims to rectify that.
Why would a decline in cellphone service plan prices affect inflation so drastically?
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The Fed says the economy is in a "good place." Could it be doing more?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 9, 2020
The economy looks good on paper, but there's little the Federal Reserve can do to address economic inequality.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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"We recognize it when we make a mistake, and we adjust" — Minneapolis Fed president

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Dec 19, 2019
The central bank made a policy U-turn in 2019, cutting interest rates. Neel Kashkari says that's a good thing.
Neel Kashkari testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in 2008.
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Inflation: Maybe it's all in our heads

by Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 13, 2019
It's possible that prices aren't rising much because we don't expect prices to rise much.
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The Fed may have been wrong about the economy for years

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Dec 11, 2019
2019 saw a major shift in monetary policy. Does that mean the Fed has been wrong about the economy for years?
Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks following the final FOMC meeting of 2019.
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Rural bank branches more scarce than ever

by Kimberly Adams Dec 3, 2019
The Federal Reserve found that over 40% of rural counties lost bank branches in the five years to 2017.
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In a currency war, everyone loses

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Dec 2, 2019
When countries tried to undercut each other to gain a trade advantage between world wars, it led to global inflation, a University of Michigan professor says.
A U.S. dollar and Brazilian two real note.
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Atlanta Fed president: "Slower [economy] doesn't necessarily portend a crisis"

by Kai Ryssdal, Daisy Palacios, and Sean McHenry Nov 14, 2019
Raphael Bostic explains why consumer psychology keeps him up at night.
"The longer these expansions are able to go, that provides more opportunity for the last ones in," says Raphael Bostic, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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