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US stocks slip in early trading ahead of Fed announcement

U.S. stock indexes declined slightly in early trading Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's latest economic and interest rate policy update. Technology and financial companies were down the most. Several … Click to Continue »

Balance Sheet Wind Down Good, But Not Simple

Today the Federal Reserve is set to announce the schedule for unwinding its balance sheet. This is a step in the right direction, but it also has the potential to increase the risk of a recession. It’s past time to reduce the Fed’s balance sheet because its role in the economy is unnecessarily large. Show More Summary

Fed conflicted by weak U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

By Howard Schneider and Ann Saphir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly. Show More Summary

Stocks mostly flat as investors await Federal Reserve news

Stocks are nearly flat in early trading on Wall Street as investors wait to hear from the Federal Reserve. Energy stocks were rising along with the price of crude oil early Wednesday. ConocoPhillips gained 1.3%. Bed Bath and Beyond plunged 17% after reporting earnings and sales that missed analysts'...

The dollar is hovering in suspense ahead of the Fed

The dollar isn't budging ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's September meeting. The US dollar index was little changed at 91.73 at 8:48 a.m. ET. On Wednesday, the Fed is expected to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged...Show More Summary

The Fed risks repeating a ghastly mistake it made right before the last 2 recessions

A decade ago this week, traders cheered news that the Federal Reserve was cutting its key interest rate by an assertive 50 basis points. Back then, the central bank was getting more worried about how borrowing costs could speed up the...Show More Summary

Asian investors tread carefully ahead of Fed decision

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Asian markets moved tentatively Wednesday ahead of a Federal Reserve policy decision, while geopolitical issues returned after Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the US or its allies. A third successive...Show More Summary

Asian stocks flat as investors await Fed meeting results

Asian stock markets were little changed on Wednesday as investors took to the sidelines ahead of the Federal Reserve's announcement of the result of its meeting. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei … Click to Continue »

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

It will come as no surprise if the Federal Reserve has an announcement to make when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: That it's ready to begin paring its enormous … Click to Continue »

Fed’s Massive QE is Ending – Here Comes the Boom! By Michael Carino

The Federal Reserve has manipulated bond prices for the last 10 years. Yields in the US and abroad are lower now than during the Great Depression – a period in time that could justify such low yields. For those with short memories, bond markets are more expensive than before and right after the financial crisis of 2008. Show More Summary

Fed to Launch Quantitative Tightening - Should You Be Worried?

By Matthew Kerkhoff – Expectations are currently that the Federal Reserve will announce plans to begin "quantitative tightening" this Wednesday by unwinding its balance sheet. When you consider that the Fed currently owns around 29% of the market for mortgage-backed securities...

Fed Would Surprise Markets If It Stays Hawkish

Tim Duy: Fed Would Surprise Markets If It Stays Hawkish, by Tim Duy: The Federal Reserve meeting this week will likely end with unchanged policy rates and the initiation of balance-sheet normalization. Market participants widely expect these outcomes, so they...

DOW HITS ALL-TIME HIGH: Here's what you need to know

The Dow extended Monday's rally to close at another record high as the Federal Reserve began its two-day policy meeting in Washington. First, the scoreboard: Dow: 22,375.08 +43.73 (0.20%) S&P 500: 2,506.78 +2.91 (0.12%) Nasdaq: 6,459.73...Show More Summary

The dollar drifts as the Fed kicks off its two-day meeting

The dollar is hovering as the Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting. The US dollar index was little changed at 91.99 at 8:17 a.m. ET. Expectations for an interest rate hike at the meeting, which concludes on Wednesday, are almost...Show More Summary

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___ Fed likely to pare its bond portfolio even with outlook hazy WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve meets this week, it's sure to take account of the economic … Click to Continue »

Trump's chance to reshape the Federal Reserve could be his biggest economic legacy

President Trump is betting he can turbocharge the U.S. economy with tax cuts and trade deals, but his greatest leverage to influence growth may rest with an unparalleled opportunity to reshape the world’s most powerful central bank. Because of a wave of vacancies, Trump will have the ability in...

Debt Limit Gums Up Treasury’s Plan for Supply Bump as Fed Tapers

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Treasury has been planning for years how to deal with the funding gap set to open up when the Federal Reserve begins unwinding its $2.5 trillion hoard of the government’s debt. Now there’s a new wrinkle to prepare...Show More Summary

A Tsunami of Inflation Has Just Appeared on the Horizon

Inflation is coming. It’s taken seven years of ZIRP and over $4 trillion in QE, but the Federal Reserve has finally begun to unleash inflation. It won’t show up in the official inflation measures like the Consumer Price Index CPI for a while. Show More Summary

Trump's new favorite to lead the Fed almost made the financial crisis a lot worse

Being wrong with conviction is a trademark of President Donald Trump. Perhaps that makes Kevin Warsh, his new perceived favorite to replace Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve chair, an ideal candidate. Warsh was a Fed governor between 2006 and 2011, during the depths of the financial crisis and Great Recession. Show More Summary

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