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Fed Angst and the Interest Rate Tragedy

As traders and investors around the world try to decipher the Federal Reserve's use of such terms as "not impatient" in lieu of "patient" in its guidance on interest rates, it is fast becoming clear that the Fed realizes that it hasShow More Summary

5 Things to Watch at This Week’s Fed Meeting

The Federal Reserve will issue a new policy statement Wednesday at 2 p.m. EDT. Here are five things to watch.

U.S. Fed interest rate “crawl-off” not yet fixed for September

A U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike in September is almost certain according to many forecasters and investors, but the decision to tighten policy for the first time in nearly a decade is not as clear-cut as it may appear.

As Fed Meets, It Edges Toward First Rate Hike Since 2006

Manuel Balce Ceneta/APFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don't expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. Show More Summary

Commodities Washout Cranks Up Bearish Stock Tone Ahead Of Fed Meeting

Stocks tracked commodities into a bearish funk last week and early Monday—a shift in backdrop as investors navigate another heavy round of corporate earnings reports plus a Federal Reserve meeting in the final trading days of July. Chinese stock declines followed another weak manufacturing reading there tugging Europe and early U.S. [...]

A new guard is forming at the Federal Reserve

There will be a new face at the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting meeting in Washington this week, the first of a string of turnovers as the central bank prepares for the next phase of the nation’s economic recovery. Patrick T. Harker will take a seat at the Fed’s 27-foot mahogany table as president of the Federal […]

All eyes on Yellen for policy talks

US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen is not known for her bullishness - but that could change soon. ||| New York - “Bullishness” is not a word much associated with Janet Yellen since she became Federal Reserve chair 18 months ago, but that could change with the Fed's next policy meeting. Show More Summary

Global Liquidity and U.S. Monetary Policy

by Joseph Joyce Global Liquidity and U.S. Monetary Policy The events in Greece and the Ukraine have only partially drawn attention away from the financial markets’ focus on changes in U.S. monetary policy. Federal Reserve officials seem to be split over when they will raise their Federal Funds rate target, and by how much. But […]

Asian shares broadly softer as Fed looms

Asian shares start the week on a plaintive note amid losses on Wall Street. ||| Sydney - Asian shares began the week on a plaintive note amid losses on Wall Street and worries over China, while investors braced for a Federal Reserve meeting that might take another small step toward lifting US interest rates. Show More Summary

US Data is Key for the Dollar

Surveys suggest that a little more than 80% of the economists expect the Federal Reserve to hike rates in September. The September Fed funds futures, the most direct market instrument, has only about a 50% chance discounted. This week's FOMC meeting is the last one before September. Show More Summary

Bill Gates Walks Out of a Bar – Of Means & Medians

Among the more overlooked data sources out there is the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). My guess as to why it’s overlooked is that it’s only published triennially – not exactly a high frequency release. The most recent (2013) update was issued last September. As I saw very few, if any, write-ups of...Read More

How Janet Yellen Is Orchestrating Her Own 'Big Crisis' Moment

Janet Yellen seems to be absolutely obsessed with increasing the benchmark interest rates in the USA as she desperately tries to put her stamp on her legislature as Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Even though the American economyShow More Summary

This is the GOP's plan to strip the New York Fed of a crucial role in policymaking

Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee took their first step toward stripping the New York Federal Reserve bank of a key designation that could have an impact on how US monetary policy is set in the future. Right now the...Show More Summary

Federal Reserve Accidentally Leaks Secret Documents

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

By Jason Lange and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - Staff economists at the Federal Reserve expect a quarter-point U.S. interest rate increase this year, according to forecasts the Fed mistakenly published on its website in a gaffe that drew criticism about its ability to keep secrets. Show More Summary

The Fed accidentally released confidential information — and it turned out to be partly wrong

The Federal Reserve said late Friday that a set of confidential staff economic forecasts inadvertently posted online included erroneous information, compounding a blunder that had already begun to raise questions about the central bank's handling of sensitive data. Show More Summary

Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 40 states in June

From the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for June 2015. In the past month, the indexes increased in 40 states, decreased in seven, and remained stable in three, for a one-month diffusion index of 66. Show More Summary

The Fed accidentally released a confidential analysis of where interest rates are going

The Federal Reserve acknowledged Friday morning that it inadvertently published a confidential staff forecast prepared for a key meeting of its policy-setting committee in June. The documents include estimates for inflation, unemployment, economic growth … and the influential federal funds rate. Show More Summary

Fed posts confidential staff projections after inadvertent release

4 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The Federal Reserve on Friday released confidential staff economic projections prepared for its June meeting after the information was inadvertently made public on the board's website in another embarrassing leak of sensitive information from the central bank.

Fed releases forecasts early

Federal Reserve staff economic forecasts inadvertently posted online, hint at slower rates trajectory.

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