With a road map to higher interest rates, the Fed starts with baby steps

Sep 23, 2021
The U.S. economy will need to keep improving in order for rates to go up.
The Federal Reserve building is seen on March 2021 in Washington, D.C. The Fed's tapering of bond-buying and upping of interest rates is likely to be a slow, gradual process.
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All this talk about the Fed "tapering" bond-buying — what's it to you?

Sep 22, 2021
Two words: interest rates. On stuff like mortgages. Business loans. Keeping them low keeps capital flowing in this pandemic economy.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks in July. The central bank has been communicating about eventually tapering its bond purchases so the markets will be prepared when it starts.
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How has the Federal Reserve's bond buying helped the economy?

Aug 19, 2021
Those bonds have helped keep lots of money flowing into the economy. But now, the Fed is signaling that its going to taper off its monthly purchases.
Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell is expected to address the tapering of the Fed's bond-buying at an upcoming conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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The World Bank has a sunny forecast for the year

Jan 15, 2014
As rich economies expand, stronger growth globally is expected.

Want to know how to taper? Ask a candle maker

Nov 20, 2013
We don't know when the Federal Reserve will trim its bond-buying policies that boost the economy, but we do know that tapering that program will be intricate work.

Who wins after the Fed's no tapering news?

Sep 20, 2013
After the Fed's surprising announcement that it will continue stimulus spending, there are winners and losers. We sort them out.

Federal Reserve confounds the economic forecasters

Sep 19, 2013
The Federal Reserve's big surprise: no cuts to bond buying for now, the economy isn't strong enough.

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European markets surge in reaction to the Fed's decision

Sep 19, 2013
The Federal Reserve's big surprise: no cuts to bond buying for now. And European investors gladly welcome the news.

Bernanke's taper -- that wasn't

Sep 18, 2013
Economists had expected the Fed to scale back its bond-buying program. Economists were wrong.

Tapering tops the agenda at the Federal Reserve

Sep 17, 2013
The Fed buys billions of dollars worth of bonds each month to pump cash into our financial system. The question in front of the the Fed Board today: when should they start to slow the buying down.