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Cohn's Trump Criticism May Cost Him Fed Chief Post

'Wall Street Journal' reports the president is unlikely to appoint him

(Newser) - White House adviser Gary Cohn delivered a public rebuke of President Trump after the violence in Charlottesville, and the Wall Street Journal reports that it might have cost him his chance at becoming the next Federal Reserve chief. The newspaper says the president is now unlikely to appoint Cohn to... More »

There's Gold in Them Thar Fed Vaults. We Think

Some suspect there isn't as much gold as the Fed claims

(Newser) - The New York headquarters of the Federal Reserve is either home to 6,200 tons of gold, a bunch of fake gold bars, or next to no gold, depending on whom you ask. The Fed has long claimed its vaults hold the world's largest gold stockpile worth as much... More »

Interest Rates Hit a Milestone for First Time Since 2008

Fed signals belief in strong economy

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve signaled confidence in a strong economy Wednesday with its second interest rate hike of 2017, bringing its benchmark rate up a quarter-point to push it over 1% for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. The move, which brings the range to between 1% and 1.... More »

With Fed Set to Hike Rates, Look for This One Word

'Roughly'

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve's first policy meeting since Donald Trump won the election wraps up Wednesday, and analysts say the Fed is almost certain to raise interest rates for just the second time in a decade—though they also said Trump was almost certain to lose the election. Beyond the... More »

Rate Debate Reaches Fever Pitch Ahead of Fed Meeting

Chair Janet Yellen has said there's a strong case for a rate hike—but pushback continues

(Newser) - "Let's get on with it already." That's the opinion of one investment strategist ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day rate meeting starting Tuesday, calling for Chair Janet Yellen to push for a rate increase that many are still wary of implementing. Per Reuters , a good... More »

Brexit, Jobs Report Sink Likelihood of Fed Rate Hike

Interest rate may not go up until at least December

(Newser) - Experts say the US Federal Reserve may wait until after Britain votes on whether it will leave the European Union before it raises the interest rate, Reuters reports. The Fed is meeting June 14, but the so-called Brexit vote isn't until June 23. If Britain leaves the EU, it... More »

Canada Has Just 77 Ounces of Gold—or Less

Canadian government sells off reserves

(Newser) - The US holds about 8,133 metric tons of gold. That's 8,133 more than Canada, according to newly released data . The Canadian government sold off 21,851 ounces of gold in February, leaving it with just 77 ounces at most, reports Bloomberg . Those 77 ounces are worth about... More »

9 Years, 5 Months, 16 Days Later, Fed Makes Its Move

Janet Yellen and company boost main rate by quarter point

(Newser) - A quarter point. The Fed on Thursday moved to raise interest rates for the first time since June 29, 2006 , and it did so by boosting its key federal funds rate by a modest 0.25%, reports the Wall Street Journal . Fed chief Janet Yellen will lay out the rationale... More »

Even if Fed Acts, Rates May Be Low for Long Time

Here's what to know ahead of the Fed meeting this week

(Newser) - Janet Yellen and the Fed are expected to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years later this week, probably by a quarter-point, reports USA Today . Some things to know:
  • Even if the Fed acts, rates might well remain relatively low for years, despite some alarming predictions to
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Low Inflation Puzzles Fed as a Big Move Looms

2% target elusive, but it's not expected to deter Janet Yellen

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its interest rates for the first time since 2006 when it meets this week, but some economists would like it to figure out just what is going on with inflation first. The central bank's target of 5% unemployment has been reached, but... More »

Janet Yellen Offers More Evidence of a Strong US Economy

Fed could raise its interest rate for first time in years

(Newser) - It's becoming more and more likely the Federal Reserve will raise its interest rates this month for the first time in nearly a decade, USA Today reports. The economy has already hit the Fed's goal of 5% unemployment and is closing in on its goal of 2% inflation,... More »

All Eyes on the Fed: What You Need to Know

Will Janet Yellen raise interest rates this week?

(Newser) - Will interest rates finally go up? Federal Reserve officials begin a two-day meeting today, with the financial world waiting with bated breath on Janet Yellen's subsequent announcement. "Anyone who uses money" will ultimately be affected, observes NPR, which offers a primer here . Other highlights in coverage:
  • 'Nail-biter'
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Fed Drops Word 'Patient,' Still Soothes Investors

Moves closer to a rate increase, but suggests it's not imminent

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve continued its slow dance with Wall Street today about when it will finally raise interest rates, and the bottom line is June at the earliest, reports the Wall Street Journal . However, if jobs and inflation aren't hitting their targets at that point, the Fed would likely... More »

Financial World's 'Ray Rice Video' Has Arrived

Regulators seem cowed by banks in recordings obtained by ProPublica

(Newser) - Those interested in why federal regulators seem unable to rein in big banks might want to check out a new ProPublica report and a companion piece airing on public radio's This American Life this weekend. The reports center on secret recordings made by Carmen Segarra, a Federal Reserve specialist... More »

'Mystery Woman' Leads the US Economy

Fed Chief Janet Yellen hasn't revealed strong policy leanings—yet

(Newser) - Just what is percolating in Janet Yellen's mind? The "diminutive woman with a pixie haircut"—oh, and chief of the US Federal Reserve—has emitted vague policy signals but divulged no clear plan (as Fed chiefs are wont to do), Politico reports. Some see a progressive with... More »

31% of Americans Have No Savings for Retirement

That includes 1 in 5 who are near retirement age

(Newser) - Here's a scary stat for you, spotted by the Washington Post : About 1 in 5 people nearing retirement have no money for retirement. It comes from a newly released survey by the Federal Reserve of about 4,100 Americans. In total, 31% had saved no money for retirement, though... More »

BofA Just Showed How Easy It Is to Lose $4B

Is bank too big to keep track of its assets?

(Newser) - Bank of America canceled a planned share buyback program today, after realizing that it had made a tiny little accounting error—and by "tiny little," we mean "$4 billion." "The market's reaction, with about $10 billion of BofA's market value wiped out, was... More »

Janet Yellen Makes Rookie Mistake in Fed Debut

Her 'around 6 months' comment was way too specific, say observers

(Newser) - Janet Yellen is getting a lot of grief over her first news conference as leader of the Federal Reserve for, of all things, speaking too clearly. As Rex Nutting at MarketWatch observes, Yellen spoke for an hour yesterday, "but the market only heard three words: 'around six months.... More »

Fed: Unemployment Isn't Our Guide Anymore

Yellen suggests interest rates might rise in mid-2015

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve will no longer rely on the unemployment rate as its be-all, end-all indicator of economic health, it announced today. Until now, the Fed has set its goal at 6.5% unemployment. But as the jobless rate nears that threshold , the central bank said it would keep rates... More »

Fed Stimulus' 'Quarterback': It Was a 'Feast for Wall St.'

Former official in charge of first round says it's going to backfire

(Newser) - The Fed's stimulus program known as quantitative easing is a misguided mess bound to backfire that ended up being "a feast for Wall Street" instead of doing anything for Main Street. So writes Andrew Huszar at the Wall Street Journal , but his perspective on QE is unique among... More »

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