Monetary policy

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell addresses a round table discussion during a visit to Silver Lane Elementary School, in East Hartford, Conn. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Federal Reserve issues a statement and economic projections, followed by a news conference with Powell. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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December 11, 2019 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is leaving its benchmark interest rate alone and signaling that it expects to keep low rates unchanged through next year. The Fed's decision follows three rate cuts earlier this year. It reflects its view that the U.S. economy has so far withstood the U.S.-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell addresses a round table discussion during a visit to Silver Lane Elementary School, in East Hartford, Conn. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Federal Reserve issues a statement and economic projections, followed by a news conference with Powell. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 11, 2019 - 6:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is set to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday and will likely signal that it expects rates to remain low well into next year despite a robust job market. Many economists have said they think sluggish growth will even compel the Fed to cut...
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A currency trader watches computer monitors near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), right, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Asian stock markets have fallen as investors look ahead to interest rate decisions by U.S. and European central bankers and possible American tariff hike on Chinese imports. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 10, 2019 - 4:27 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets fell Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a U.S. tariff deadline on Chinese imports and American and European interest rate decisions. Markets also were watching for the outcome of Britain's snap election Thursday amid uncertainty over plans to leave the European...
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December 09, 2019 - 2:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected to send a clear message when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: Interest rates will likely stay ultra-low for the foreseeable future. Behind that message is a view that has gained support at the Fed as the U.S. economic expansion has entered...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2016, file photo Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, left, and former Federal Reserve chairs Ben Bernanke, center, and Paul Volcker, right, react as they listen to former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan appearing via video conference, during a panel discussion in New York. Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, according to his office, He was 92. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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December 09, 2019 - 11:58 am
Paul Volcker, who as Federal Reserve chairman in the early 1980s elevated interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has died, according to his office. He was 92. Volcker took charge of the Fed in August 1979, when the U.S. economy...
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A woman uses ATM outside a bank, as a Lebanese policeman stands guard, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Lebanon’s worsening financial crisis has thrown businesses and households into disarray. Banks are severely limiting withdrawals of hard currency, and Lebanese say they don’t know how they’ll pay everything from tuitions to insurance and loans all made in dollars. Politicians are paralyzed, struggling to form a new government in the face of tens of thousands of protesters in the streets for the past month demanding the entire leadership go. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
December 04, 2019 - 11:27 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s central bank on Wednesday dramatically lowered interest rates on dollar and Lebanese pound deposits and loans — the latest measure to shore up the country’s banking system amid a burgeoning economic crisis. Banque de Liban also announced that for the next six months it would...
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President Donald Trump listens during an event to sign an executive order establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
December 02, 2019 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday accused Argentina and Brazil of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports to retaliate. Trump also called on America’s central bank to take action to prevent other...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo a worker climbs a ladder as cranes work the construction site for the new corporate headquarters of Norfolk Southern in Atlanta. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the Federal Reserve releases its latest "Beige Book" survey of economic conditions. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
November 27, 2019 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy was expanding at a modest pace in October and early November, supported by growing consumer spending. In its latest assessment of business conditions nationwide, the Fed struck a more upbeat tone than it had in its previous...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo Eldon Sylvester harvest soybeans in his field near Wamego, Kan. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the Commerce Department issues the second estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the July-September quarter. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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November 27, 2019 - 9:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a moderate 2.1% annual rate over the summer, slightly faster than first estimated, the government said Wednesday. But many economists say they think growth is slowing sharply in the current quarter. The July-September growth rate in the gross domestic...
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell addresses a round table discussion during a visit to Silver Lane Elementary School, in East Hartford, Conn., Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Powell and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren toured a working-class neighborhood in East Hartford and met with residents to get a closer look at their challenges. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
November 25, 2019 - 7:28 pm
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is sketching an optimistic view of the economy but signaling that continued low inflation means higher interest rates won’t likely be necessary anytime soon. Powell says that even with unemployment near a 50-year low of 3.6%, there’s still “plenty of room” for...
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