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Did the Federal Reserve make economic inequality worse?

Mar 3, 2021
Fed watcher Karen Petrou believes so, and she says the Fed can fight inequality with targeted policies.
Karen Petrou, author of "Engine of Inequality," laments that investors win and savers lose. "Every time the Fed steps into the market, the markets go up. The markets run by the Fed's clock," she says.
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What Janet Yellen would bring — and face — as treasury secretary

Jan 19, 2021
In her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, Yellen is calling on Congress to do more to fight a deep pandemic-induced recession.
Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen speaks after President-elect Joe Biden announced his economic team in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 1, 2020.
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Dallas Fed president on the mood in the Fed’s Zoom room

Dec 18, 2020
“This downturn has not felt like a normal downturn for the whole economy because of fiscal relief,” says Robert Kaplan.
 Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve.
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Fed pandemic lending programs a sticking point in COVID relief talks

Dec 18, 2020
Some Senate Republicans want a new COVID relief bill to prohibit the Fed from restarting pandemic lending programs.
The Fed programs include Main Street business loans and purchases of corporate and municipal bonds. Pictured: Fed Chair Jerome Powell at a House committee hearing on Dec. 2, 2020.
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Biden announces his "economic think tank"

Nov 30, 2020
The picks for the Council of Economic Advisers are a diverse group. If confirmed, Cecilia Rouse will be the first Black woman to lead the council.
President-elect Joe Biden has selected several labor economists for his economic team.
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Janet Yellen, Biden's pick for treasury secretary, says U.S. needs more pandemic relief spending

Yellen, a former Fed chair, has advocated for more spending to aid small businesses and the unemployed during COVID-19.
Yellen is seen as an authority on what happens if the government cuts back on stimulus spending too soon.
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Lapse in Fed lending programs could cost companies hurt by COVID

Companies hurt by the pandemic could end up paying investors a full percentage point more in interest to buy their bonds.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell testify during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington.
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What's next for Main Street, Wall Street as Fed lending programs are set to expire

Nov 20, 2020
Fed programs and policy have helped ease economic pain during the pandemic. In its dwindling days, the Trump administration will end some of those emergency programs Dec. 31.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin greet each other after testifying before Congress in June.
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Mnuchin moves to cut off Fed pandemic emergency lending program

Economist Karen Petrou says the Fed programs have fallen short, but that the Fed needs some facilities in the face of inaction from Congress.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testify during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2020 in Washington.
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