Central banking

December 04, 2020 - 9:53 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The deputy governor of Norway’s central bank is stepping down with immediate effect after he was not granted a new security clearance because he has ties to China via his wife. The move comes at at time when several Western governments are tightening security controls...
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FILE- In this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, file photo, customers browse while shopping for books at the Strand Bookstore, an independent family owned bookstore founded in 1927 in New York. A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country found that economic activity in several regions was slowing in November as coronavirus cases surged. The report, released Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, and known as the beige book, will be used by Fed officials when they hold their last meeting of the year on Dec. 15-16 to discuss possible changes to the central bank's interest-rate policies.. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 02, 2020 - 6:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country found that economic activity in several regions slowed in November as coronavirus cases surged. The Fed report released Wednesday said that overall, the Fed's 12 regional banks characterized the economic expansion...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell fist bumps Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
December 02, 2020 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to approve COVID-19 relief funds without further delay, though Democrats continued to attack a decision by Mnuchin to allow five Fed lending programs to expire during the pandemic. In his...
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November 30, 2020 - 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the pace of improvement in the economy has moderated in recent months with future prospects remaining “extraordinarily uncertain.” In remarks released by the Fed on Monday, Powell said that the increase in new COVID-19 cases both in...
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Protesters march during a demonstration against a security law that would restrict sharing images of police, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 in Paris. Civil liberties groups and journalists are concerned that the measure will stymie press freedoms and allow police brutality to go undiscovered and unpunished. The cause has gained fresh impetus in recent days after footage emerged of French police officers beating up a Black man, triggering a nationwide outcry. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
November 28, 2020 - 1:34 pm
PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict the filming of police officers protested across France on Saturday, and officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations repeatedly fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters...
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A home for sale with a "Sold" sign attached is viewed Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
November 25, 2020 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy. Mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac reported Wednesday that the average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate home loan was unchanged this week from a record low...
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FILE - In this Thursday Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Fed on Wednesday, Nov. 25, released minutes of its Nov. 4-5 meeting revealing that while officials believed that no changes were needed to the bond purchase program at that time, “they recognized that circumstances could shift to warrant such adjustments.” (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP, file)
November 25, 2020 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — At their meeting earlier this month, Federal Reserve officials discussed possible future adjustments to the central bank's monthly bond purchases to boost the economy. The Fed on Wednesday released minutes of its Nov. 4-5 meeting revealing that while officials believed that no...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
November 24, 2020 - 12:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen is in line for another top economic policy job — just in time to confront yet another crisis. Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's apparent choice for treasury secretary, served on the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee during the 2008-2009 financial crisis that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, right, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testify during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Mnuchin on Friday, Nov. 20 denied that he is trying to limit the choices President-elect Joe Biden will have to promote an economic recovery by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve. Mnuchin said his decision was based on the fact that the programs were not being heavily utilized and the money could be better used by being re-allocated by Congress to provide support in other areas such as further grants to small businesses and extended unemployment assistance. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
November 20, 2020 - 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied on Friday that he is attempting to limit President-elect Joe Biden's options for reviving the pandemic-damaged economy by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve. Mnuchin said the programs were not being...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran at the U.S. State Department in Washington. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 he will not to extend several emergency loan programs set up with the Federal Reserve to support the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
November 19, 2020 - 6:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he will not extend several emergency loan programs set up with the Federal Reserve to support the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision drew a terse rebuke from the Fed. The central bank said it “would prefer...
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