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San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams

A liftoff from near-zero interest rates will likely happen this year, and delaying a hike for too long poses risks, a top Federal Reserve official said Friday. San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams remains in “wait-and-see mode” on interest rate policy, he noted in prepared remarks following the The National Bureau of Economic Research …

When will the Fed raise rates?

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says the central bank isn’t ready to raise rates, but when it does, the focus should be on what happens next.

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve.
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Keeping a tight lid on its future intentions, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates steady at zero and provided only faint clues about when the first hike in nine years might occur. Adhering to market expectations, the Fed’s Open Market Committee voted essentially to maintain the status quo that has prevailed since the …


The Federal Reserve is set to release its latest policy statement Wednesday, and it’s sure to leave investors hunting eagerly for clues about when the central bank will raise short-term interest rates. And if the central bank strikes a surprisingly hawkish tone, high-dividend stocks with expensive valuations could be the hardest hit. The Fed has …

2015 rate hike expectations

The Federal Reserve will release its policy statement, so what do some of the nation’s top money managers, strategists and economists think the Fed will do next?

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The Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C.

Live by central bank liquidity, die by central bank liquidity. That could well become the mantra for a bond market that, after years of support by the Federal Reserve and its global counterparts, now finds itself suffering under the unintended consequences of the trillions in easing distributed to allay the fears of a market in …

Fed’s rate hike on hold?

Steve Liesman takes a look at why the Federal Reserve may not be ready to move on interest rates.

Reading the signs from the Fed

Hampton Pearson tells us why many members of the Federal Reserve agree that a rate hike in June is highly unlikely.

Q1 GDP debate continues

There may be a big problem with the way the government has been calculating first quarter growth.

Top young economic minds

High school students from across the country got to test their knowledge of the Federal Reserve and economics in the National Economics Challenge. Steve Liesman moderated the competition.

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Ben Bernanke listens to a question during a discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday decried recently proposed legislation that would limit the U.S. central bank’s lending authority during a financial crisis, adding to the recent criticism of the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Bailout Prevention Act—a bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday—would seek to curb risk-taking from large banks by removing some …


Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said Thursday the central bank should push any interest rate hike into next year, despite what he expects to be a rebound in the economy in the second quarter and the rest of 2015. “There are uncertainty reasons to sort of make you say, ‘Why should you be in …

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Janet Yellen

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday warned that equity market valuations were “quite high,” though she said the Fed was not seeing the hallmarks of a bubble. She also noted that the Fed was watching the issue closely. “I would highlight that equity market valuations at this point generally are quite high,” Yellen said, …

Federal Reserve downgrades the economy

Hampton Pearson explains what the Federal Reserve said in its policy statement that has some market watchers scratching their heads.

Markets expecting easier Fed

Steve Liesman tells us what the nation’s top money managers and strategists expect from the Federal Reserve as it begins a two-day policy meeting.