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A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

by Associated Press Sep 18, 2019
The modest cut — to a range of 1.75% to 2% — irritates Trump, who has insisted on more aggressive action.
Jerome Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve's board of governors, speaks during a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in June.
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Why the Fed decided to be transparent

by Kai Ryssdal Jul 30, 2019
The Federal Reserve used to be an economic black box. Now Chair Powell holds press conferences throughout the year. How'd it get to this point?
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell decided to hold press conferences after each Federal Open Market Committee meeting beginning in January.
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What the Fed may be weighing as it decides what to do about interest rates

by Marielle Segarra Jul 29, 2019
Unemployment is low. Consumer spending is high. But we're also in a trade war with China, and growth is slowing around the world.
A view of the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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What the Federal Reserve’s policy statements can reveal about its mindset

by Janet Nguyen Jun 19, 2019
A single word can indicate the central bank’s attitude toward interest rates.
Federal Reserve statements are scrutinized for clues about the Fed’s future actions. Above, Fed Chair Jerome Powell.
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Fed's challenge: to spur inflation

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 18, 2019
The FOMC meets this week to set interest rate policy, and it faces a slowing economy with inflation falling.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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What’s the Fed saying about interest rates? We asked a linguist

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Feb 20, 2019
Jessica Rett of UCLA helps us parse the central bank's language.
A view of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.
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It's time for the Federal Reserve's annual game of musical chairs

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 29, 2019
The Fed presents a united front when it makes decisions, but not everyone on the Federal Open Market Committee has a say on interest rates.
People wait for a press conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2017.
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How will shutdown affect Fed decision-making?

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 28, 2019
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and the other members of the agency's Open Market Committee meet Tuesday for the first time this year.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and the other members of the agency's Open Market Committee meet Tuesday for the first time this year.
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What taxi ride data reveals about the NY Fed and big banks

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Apr 12, 2018
An analysis of taxi data suggests the possibility of increased communications around Federal Open Market Committee meetings.
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New York Fed names John Williams as its next president

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 3, 2018
He will play an important role in the future Federal Open Market Committee decisions.