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Fed plan to spur inflation has risks

In a healthy economy, prices tend to go up – a process called inflation. While you might not like that as a consumer, moderate price...

Federal interest-rate cuts good for businesses, borrowers but bad for banks

PROVIDENCE – The emergency half-percentage-point cut in the federal interest rate is bad news for banks, at least from a revenue perspective. The Federal Reserve’s...

Coronavirus freaked markets, not the Fed

The U.S. equity market finally took notice of the coronavirus, which now is spreading from China to other countries and increasing the risk of...

The Fed did no favors for spring homebuyers

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates three times last year and pledged not to increase them absent meaningful increases in wages and inflation –...
THE FEDERAL RESERVE left interest rates unchanged and signaled it would keep them on hold for a while. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Fed leaves main rate unchanged, saying policy is appropriate

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve kept its key interest rate unchanged, as expected, on Wednesday and continued to signal policy would stay on hold...
THE FEDERAL RESERVE left interest rates unchanged and signaled it would keep them on hold through 2020. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Fed leaves rates unchanged; forecasts show no change in 2020

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and signaled it would keep them on hold through 2020 amid a solid economy, sticking...

World economy’s biggest threat: trade tensions

At last month’s meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, I repeatedly heard the same dismal view: The global economy is in...
THE FEDERAL RESERVE reduced interest rates by one-quarter percentage point for the third time this year but signaled that it may stop reducing rates for now. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Fed cuts rates by one-quarter percentage point while hinting at a...

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve officials reduced interest rates by one-quarter percentage point for the third time this year and hinted they may now put...
THE FEDERAL RESERVE announced it will begin buying $60 billion of Treasury bills per month to improve its control over the benchmark interest rate. The purchasing of bills sis expected to continue until at least the second quarter of 2020. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Fed to start buying $60B of treasury bills a month from...

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve said it will begin buying $60 billion of Treasury bills per month to improve its control over the benchmark...

Housing might rescue economy from trade war

Recently released manufacturing data made two things clear: The Federal Reserve might be powerless to prevent the negative effects of the trade war from...

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