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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 »

Fed Jacks Key Rate for 2nd Time in 3 Months

And signals more hikes are ahead in 2017

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and signaled that any further hikes this year will be gradual. The move Wednesday reflects a consistently solid US economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans. The Fed'... More »

The Fed Likely to Raise Interest Rates This Month

Janet Yellen signaled as much in a speech Friday

(Newser) - Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2% target rate, the AP reports. The Federal Reserve chair also said that the Fed expects steady economic improvement to... More »

Yellen Could Stay Mum on One Big Question Today

Congress sure to ask about Fed's possible reaction to Trump's economic plan

(Newser) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen faces two tasks when she delivers her semiannual testimony to Congress starting Tuesday: As always, she'll sketch a picture of how she expects the economy to fare in coming months and how the Fed's interest rate policy may unfold. (In December, the Fed... More »

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate, Suggests More Hikes Coming

It's the first increase in a year

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve is raising a key interest rate for the first time in a year, reflecting a resilient US economy and expectations of higher inflation. The move will mean modestly higher rates on some loans, reports AP . The Fed signaled in a statement Wednesday that additional rate increases will... 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 »

Fed Hints at Upcoming Rate Hike

But leaves interest rates unchanged for now

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve is leaving interest rates unchanged just days before Americans choose a new president, but hints again that it will likely raise rates at an upcoming meeting, the AP reports. The Fed says that the case for rate hike has "continued to strengthen" but that the panel... More »

Fed Keeps Key Interest Rate Unchanged

But hints at rate increase before end of year

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged but sending a strong signal that it will likely boost rates before the end of the year, the AP reports. The Fed said in a statement Wednesday that the US job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has... 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 »

Yellen Doesn't Tip Her Hand on Rate Hike

Case is stronger, says Fed chief, without offering timetable

(Newser) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the US economy and inflation, reports the AP . So does that mean rates are going up? We'll have to stay tuned,... 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 »

Yellen: Fed's Rate Increase Is Defensive

She explains Fed's big move

(Newser) - After the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade , Fed Chair Janet Yellen stressed that the 0.25% rate hike was pre-emptive. Inflation still remains well below the central bank's 2% target, largely because of transitory factors such as falling oil prices. Yet... 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 »

Dow Tumbles 180 Amid Global Fears

Traders also wonder whether rate hike is coming

(Newser) - The stock market had its biggest fall in two weeks as investors worried that the global economy could be slowing. Traders were also worrying Monday that last week's strong jobs report opened the way for the first rate hike from the Federal Reserve in nearly a decade. Priceline plunged... More »

Bernanke: Wall Street Execs Deserved Jail for Crisis

'It would have been my preference to have more investigations of individual actions'

(Newser) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says some Wall Street executives should have gone to jail for their roles in the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and triggered the Great Recession. Billions of dollars in fines have been levied against major banks and brokerage firms in the... More »

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