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Are we entering an era of higher inflation?

Jul 15, 2021
Experts say global forces that helped keep inflation low for decades — like international trade and an expanding workforce — are dissipating.
Global trade and the worldwide labor force have restrained inflation, experts say, but key trends might be reversing.
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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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IMF upgrades its economic forecast, but the virus remains in control

Jan 26, 2021
Chief economist Gita Gopinath explains why there's still a lot of uncertainty weighing on the global economy.
"We have a small upgrade of .3%," says IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath about the latest World Economic Outlook. "But there is tremendous uncertainty because we have a mutating virus. And we are in this race with vaccinations."
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If the Fed's nominees were confirmed, could they change monetary policy?

Jul 28, 2020
The central bank's board of governors is designed with checks and balances, so one member's influence would be limited.
Judy Shelton, left, and Christopher Waller testify during a hearing on their nominations to the Federal Reserve board of governors in February.
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Trump Fed nominee advances in Senate despite support for gold standard

Jul 21, 2020
Judy Shelton's unpopular view sheds light on why the U.S. and most other economies abandoned linking their currencies to gold
Once upon a time, gold was the currency of the United States.
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Wall Street awaits Fed Chair Powell’s Friday speech for signs of further rate cuts

Aug 22, 2019
The Fed’s annual Economic Policy Symposium is like the Academy Awards for a certain type of economist.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:   Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Fed has decided to leave interest rates unchanged. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The long and twisting story of how Jay Powell became our next Federal Reserve chair

Feb 5, 2018
Feuding congressmen, a formula to set monetary policy and the Swedes all played a part in this epic Twitter thread. We've set it to music.
Jerome Powell will be sworn in as chair of the Federal Reserve on Monday.
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Fed officials touch a market nerve

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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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The world's central banks could use a break

Aug 11, 2016
To spur growth, governments need to turn to fiscal policy.

Why the global economy is stuck in a 'low-growth trap'

Jun 1, 2016
And what policymakers should do about it.