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Why this yield curve inversion could be different

by Justin Ho Aug 14, 2019
This time around, it may not be telling us that a recession's on the way.
Investors, spooked by economic fears, dumped stocks on Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 800 points. Above, the New York Stock Exchange.
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The Fed enters the instant-payment fray

by Justin Ho Aug 6, 2019
The Federal Reserve has plans for a new instant payment network, set to launch in 2023 at the earliest. But critics say the Fed's waiting too long, given that a rival instant payment network already exists.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C., in 2008.
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Global slowdown could hold back U.S. economy

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 29, 2019
In setting U.S. monetary policy, the Fed is eyeing the global impact of trade wars and other economic troubles.
A man looks at a screen showing global stock market information on the street in Tokyo on in 2015.
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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.
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The Boston Fed president says the economy is doing "quite well"

by Kai Ryssdal, Daniel Shin, and Daisy Palacios Jul 19, 2019
What could this mean for an interest rate cut this month?
Eric Rosengren has been serving as the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since 2007.
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Why is central bank independence so important, anyway?

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 8, 2019
Economist Arthur Laffer said the Fed should be "subjected to democracy." But what would that look like?
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Trump wishes the Fed would push down the dollar, but that's not the Fed's job

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jun 28, 2019
Inflation and employment are the central bank's mandates. The exchange rate isn't.
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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.
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Why the Fed's balance sheet is making markets nervous

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Jan 3, 2019
Robert Kaplan, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, on Thursday told Bloomberg that the Fed ought to think about slowing down how quickly it’s shrinking its balance sheet. What’s a balance sheet? It’s a ledger of the Fed’s…
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In a strong job market, some fed up workers are "ghosting" their employers

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Dec 14, 2018
So many workers are disappearing without even a text message that they've caught the Fed's attention.
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