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May 3, 2017

Fed leaves rates unchanged but signals further hikes ahead

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify further rate hikes later this year. The Fed’s pause comes after it modestly raised its benchmark short-term rate in December and March. Most economists expect it to do so again […]

Dec 14, 2016

Fed raises rates, boosts outlook for borrowing costs in 2017

Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates for the first time this year and forecast a steeper path for borrowing costs in 2017, saying inflation expectations have increased “considerably” and suggesting the labor market is tightening. The Federal Open Market Committee cited “realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation” in increasing its benchmark rate a […]

Sep 25, 2015

Yellen says she expects Fed to raise rates by year’s end

WASHINGTON — Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday that she expects the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates from record lows by the end of the year. In a lecture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Yellen said she thought inflation would gradually move up to the Fed’s target rate of 2 percent as […]

Aug 24, 2015

Survey: Most economists say Fed will raise rates in 2015

NEW YORK — The vast majority of business economists expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year, according to a survey released Monday. Minutes from the Fed’s meeting in late July showed that officials could raise rates as early as September. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents believe the Fed […]

Mar 27, 2015

Yellen: A rate increase may be warranted later this year

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

Jan 23, 2015

U.S. home sales up in December, down for year

The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million. But over the course of the entire year, sales fell 3.1 percent to 4.93 million.

Dec 17, 2014

Fed promises ‘patient’ approach to rate hikes

The Federal Reserve is signaling that it's edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows because of a strengthening U.S. economy and job market. But it is promising to be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.

Dec 15, 2014

Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike

A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.

Nov 13, 2014

Yellen says Fed must focus on globalization

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the growing globalization of financial markets requires the Federal Reserve to understand how economic developments in other nations may affect the U.S. economy.

Oct 29, 2014

Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels.

Oct 27, 2014

Fed will likely signal no rate hike anytime soon

The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn't fully healthy.

Sep 17, 2014

Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

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