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Federal Reserve Board Chair, Janet Yellen.

In another month, investors won’t have Federal Reserve money stimulus to juice up the market. In return, they do have one thing they might rather not see: An exit door. Even if the U.S. central bank didn’t exactly start flashing the lights to indicate that the easy-money party is over, it at the very least …

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A trader works on the floor of the NYSE as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks on television during a June news conference.

The Federal Reserve remained on its easy-money course Wednesday, allaying market fears that it might start raising interest rates sooner than expected. In a statement released following its two-day meeting, the U.S. central bank left largely intact key provisions, despite expectations in some quarters that it would indicate a tightening bias. The Fed’s Open Market …

Fed-fueled rally

The blue chip Dow index rose to an intraday high as investors placed their bets ahead of a crucial two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve.

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The Federal Reserve could change the calculus for markets with just two words. The phrase “considerable time” was added to the Fed’s statement earlier this year, when it wanted to reassure markets that when quantitative easing ends it would hold rates lower for longer—an eternity to stock and bond traders. Read More Fed and Alibaba Effect to hang over stocks …

The Fed can’t hike rates soon enough: Loews CEO

It’s countdown time to the important meeting of the Federal Reserve and investors are anxious about a change in interest rate policy. The big worry is that the central bank will speed up its timetable to hike rates earlier than expected. While stock market investors are spooked, Loews CEO James Tisch tells me he is …

Three events to watch

Three key events this week could keep investors on edge including the Fed’s latest policy, Scotland’s independence vote and Alibaba’s IPO.

Economic indicators

There are some economic indicators you may not be aware of, but they’re closely watched by the Federal Reserve. Just days away from the Fed’s next policy meeting on interest rates and its monetary easing policies… Steve Liesman takes a look at exactly what those central bankers are looking at in that data.

Jobs & the economy

The economy added jobs in August, but nearly 100,000 fewer than forecast. What does the jobs report mean for the economy, the Federal Reserve and investors?

Divergent paths

The European Central Bank cut interest rates while the U.S. is gearing up to hike them. What happens when Europe and the U.S. move in different directions?

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Call it a Fortress USA mentality—the stock market hitting new highs while the news abroad ranges from economically dismal to militarily gruesome. Russian forces roll into Ukraine amid news of beheadings in Iraq from one of the most brutal terrorist groups the world has ever seen in the heart of the world’s oil production and …

Big week ahead

A big week on the data front could determine how soon the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates.

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The economy is getting closer to the Federal Reserve’s objectives, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday. Stocks, which opened lower on the latest unrest in Ukraine, turned positive on Yellen’s comments. (Click here for the latest on the markets.) In prepared remarks for the annual Jackson Hole policy conference, Yellen said the Fed was now questioning both the degree …

Officials weigh in ahead of Yellen’s speech

Top Federal Reserve officials are speaking out on the key issue of when to raise interest rates ahead of the annual gathering of the world’s central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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After a calm and boring summer of trading, the currency market is getting exciting again with the dollar breaking out to an 11-month high. Things could heat up even further for foreign exchange, as global central bankers convene in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the Kansas City Fed Symposium. The dollar index is at the highest level since …

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Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park is seen through a window at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming.

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 …