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New U.S. Bank Formation Weakest in 50 Years

New U.S. banks are being created at the slowest pace in half a century, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

The Long-Distance Relationship Between Americans and Jobs

Jobs increasingly are located further away from where Americans live--especially for minorities and the poor.

The Inflation Cycle May Have Turned

Central banks around the world have been alarmed at how inflation has plummeted in the last year, in many cases into negative territory. But there are tantalizing signs that the cycle has turned.

Strong Dollar’s Drag on Prices Will Not Cause Deflation, Cleveland Fed Economists Say

Federal Reserve officials have flagged the possibility a stronger dollar will put downward pressure on U.S. inflation through import prices, but a new paper from the Cleveland Fed finds the impact should be fairly minor.

ECB Paper Largely Backs Europe’s Austerity Strategy

Fiscal belt tightening tends to weaken confidence in the private sector, according to a paper published Tuesday by the European Central Bank, although those effects can be mitigated by focusing consolidation on spending rather than taxes. “Consumer...Show More Summary

Where Construction Continues to Struggle Years After the Bust

A new state-by-state breakdown by the Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade group, finds both pockets of strength and continued weakness.

U.S. Fed Reserve Official Warns of Risk of Market Disruption

A top Federal Reserve official said Tuesday that interest-rate expectations in financial markets need to be better aligned with those of Fed officials, warning that reconciling those views could cause "potentially violent" market disruption.

Grand Central: Stan Fischer Sure Would Like to Get Monetary Policy Back to Normal

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Jon Hilsenrath hears Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer itching to begin the long return to normalcy.

Fed’s Williams: Midyear Will Be Time to Start Rate Increase Debate

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams reiterated on Monday his belief that central bankers should consider raising rates some time this summer.

Fed’s Fischer: Fed Likely To Raise Rates Before Year’s End

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said the U.S. central bank remains on track to raise short-term rates this year but warned future rate increases are unlikely to move steadily upwards, as they did in past cycles.

The Energy Bust: How Much Like Tech in 2001?

Economists at Wells Fargo explored in a research note whether the recent collapse in oil prices might, like the collapse in technology stocks 15 years ago, prove a harbinger of a downturn in the U.S. economy later this year.

Global Central Bank for the Week of March 23 – 27, 2015

A calendar of events, speeches and policy statements from central banks around the world this week.

Grand Central: Disappearing Hawks and Other Reasons for Fed Forecast Shift

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Monday, March 23, 2015. Jon Hilsenrath looks at some factors behind the Fed's lowering of its growth and interest rate forecasts.

Fed’s Mester: Fed Needs Further Refinements of Forward Guidance

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester said Monday that the U.S. central bank can do more with the words it uses to help guide the public's expectation of where its interest rate policy may be heading.

New Regulations May Lower Chance of Another Crisis, Bernanke Says

Efforts to strengthen regulatory oversight of financial institutions in the U.S. following the 2008 debacle should make future crises less likely to occur, or less severe if they do, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.

Persistent Low Inflation Hurts Fed Credibility, Evans Says

The Federal Reserve's persistent failure to hit its 2% inflation target in recent years raises the concern that objective will lose credibility with the public and financial markets, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said.

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

Housing demand tops a fairly modest roster of economic reports due next week. February data on durable goods and an update on fourth-quarter economic growth are also on tap. Here are some important things to watch.

The Coming Wave of Fed Speakers

Just days after an important policy meeting, Federal Reserve officials are fanning out around the world to share their individual views on a variety of issues.

Oil Patch Jobs Resistant to Price Plunge For Now

Midland, Texas, a symbol of the American oil boom that has recent run into shaky ground, still has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at just 2.6% in January, according to figures from the Labor Department published Friday.

Mexican Central Bank Leaves Door Open to Act Before or After Fed

Bank of Mexico governor Agustin Carstens said on Friday he would like to keep options open to adjust monetary policy either before or after an expected interest-rate increase by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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