Steve Liesman, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

The Federal Reserve holds its annual meeting in Jackson Hole this year with substantial questions about the outlook for the labor market, inflation and the path of interest rates. Close attention will be paid to the Friday morning speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen—her first at Jackson Hole as head of the central bank—who will focus …

If you’re planning a summer vacation this year, get ready for more crowds on the road and in the air. The CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds vacation spending finally returning to prerecession levels. The average respondent plans to lay out about $1,900 for a family getaway. In the first year of the recession, that number …

After seven long years of sharp recession and tepid recovery, the CNBC All-America Economic Survey found some key measures of U.S. public opinion finally regained their precrisis levels. Ninety-one percent of Americans now believe their home prices will either be stable or rise over the next year, the highest since March 2007. And for the …

If it feels like the economic data has been jerking the market around, that’s because it has. CNBC looked at all the economic data that’s come out in the past several weeks and found it to be seriously mixed, that is, strongly positive and strongly negative. We call this our better/better, worse/worse list. To make …

Despite two quarters of strong growth ending 2013, Americans’ views on the economy remain depressed with only the slightest improvement compared to a year ago, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey. More than 80 percent view the economy as just fair or poor, almost unchanged from the fourth-quarter survey. While that represents an improvement …

The CNBC All-America Economic Survey paints a contradictory portrait of consumers and of their finances, and willingness to spend ahead of the critical Christmas shopping season. On the one hand, the survey shows expectations are rising for home values and wages. Inflation concerns are falling and optimism about the stock market is on the rise. On the other hand, …

It increasingly appears that tapering is coming at the Fed’s meeting next week. While forecasting the central bank’s moves has been an uncertain proposition for most of the past several months—with the conventional wisdom having it wrong in June and September—several of the Fed’s own financial tests for reducing its asset purchases look to have …

New York Fed President Bill Dudley said the decision not to taper quantitative easing was “completely consistent” with guidance the Fed gave in June

Wall Street agrees on two things: the Fed will soon reduce its asset purchases by $15 billion and Janet Yellen will be nominated as chair, according to a new CNBC Fed Survey.

Regulators insist that the banking system is safer five years after the crisis. Critics say not so fast.

Chatter out of the Jackson Hole economic symposium this year suggests tapering will likely begin in September. But the burden will be on the economic data.