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Geopolitical events like what’s happening in Ukraine and Gaza can be market movers but still take a back seat to the biggest influence of all: the Federal Reserve. That’s the position both of Peter Boockvar, managing director and chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group, and, it appears, the market itself after a healthy bounce back …

Yellen’s testimony & the markets

The markets fluctuated wildly today with investors reacting to every word, spoken and written from Fed Chair Janet Yellen on the first day of her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. Yellen said the central bank intends to keep providing support to the U.S. economy, but it was the written report that accompanied her testimony …

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Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee July 15, 2014 in Washington.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a tepid thumbs-up to the economic recovery while expressing disappointment in housing and pledging to remain vigilant over asset bubbles, in congressional testimony she delivered Tuesday. While Yellen’s remarks were mostly benign and cautious on the economy, a separate Federal Reserve report indicated concern over asset prices. “Valuation metrics in …

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The economy continues to improve but the recovery is not yet complete, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday. While Yellen’s remarks were mostly benign and cautious on the economy, a separate Federal Reserve report indicated concern over asset prices “Valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched—particularly those for smaller firms in the …

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The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington.

Federal Reserve officials indicated at their June meeting that the monthly bond-buying program could end sooner rather than later—with an October exit growing increasingly likely. “Participants generally agreed that if incoming information continued to support its expectation of improvement in labor market conditions and a return of inflation toward its longer-run objective, it would be …

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U.S. stock-index futures indicated a higher open Wednesday, as investors look to the minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest meeting for a steer on when interest rates could rise. The minutes, due to be published at 2 p.m. ET, have taken on all the more significance after strong jobs data has led some to argue …

Reverse Robin Hood?

Wall Street was buzzing about some provocative comments from former Federal Reserve board member Kevin Warsh who described the Fed’s easy money policies as benefiting the rich at the expense of the poor. Warsh suggested that raising benchmark interest rates would help jump-start business investment and speed up economic growth.

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When Fed Chair Janet Yellen essentially dismissed inflation as a threat last week, she sought to calm investors’ fears but in doing so also raised an unpleasant specter of the not-too-distant past. To some, the central bank chief’s assertion that inflation threats were coming from “noisy” data—economist talk for volatile, one-off conditions not likely to …

Inflation concerns

It’s not just gold and gas prices that are rising, but just about everything. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen didn’t seem overly concerned about it at Yesterday’s new conference. But today, some economists say she’s too complacent, they’re worried. So how concerned should you be about inflation?

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The Federal Reserve continued to reduce its monthly bond-buying program and held interest rates near zero even as it debated persistent conflicting signals in the economy. In addition to continuing the scaleback of its monthly money-printing efforts, the Fed slashed its outlook for full-year economic growth, cutting gross domestic product from a 2.8 percent to …

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The biggest pickup in core consumer inflation in nearly three years makes the Fed’s job tougher and adds fuel to market speculation that it will move faster to raise interest rates. The consumer price index climbed 0.4 percent in May from a month earlier, higher than expected and the biggest increase since February 2013. The …

Consumer price inflation picks up

The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in May, twice what economists were expecting and the largest increase in more than a year. Does this surprise jump mean that the Federal Reserve will hint at interest rate hikes coming sooner at Wednesday’s meeting?

Inside the Fed tool box

Federal Reserve officials agree that a gradual pullback, or taper, of its monetary stimulus is necessary. What is less clear is how the central bank will decide to control interest rates, when the time is right to let them rise. Steve Liesman takes a look at the Fed’s exit strategy and the options available to …

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The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington.

The Federal Reserve’s board of governors and open market committee discussed rate hike procedures at a joint meeting, but agreed the discussion does not signal rate action is coming soon. That was one of the key data points from the minutes of the FOMC meeting, released Wednesday. The Fed discussed the right mix of tools to …

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Investors could have profited from Federal Reserve policy announcements by gaining access to information ahead of public release, according to three Singapore-based economists in a new research paper. Studying macroeconomic data releases between September 9, 1997, and June 30, 2013, the economists from Singapore Management University found that traders could have gained profits of between $14 million and …