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Wall Street Had a Merry Christmas. The New Year's Still Up For Grabs.

Sen. Sherrod Brown discusses his upcoming role on the Senate Banking Committee (from The Zero Hour) They're calling it a "Christmas gift" for Wall Street. Last week the Federal Reserve announced that it's giving US banks yet another extension on the "Volcker Rule" provision in the Dodd/Frank financial reform bill. Show More Summary

"Central Banking Has Lost Its Way," Stephen Roach Warns "The Fed Is Heading For Another Catastrophe"

Authored by Stephen Roach, originally posted At MarketWatch via Project Syndicate, America’s Federal Reserve is headed down a familiar — and highly dangerous — path. Steeped in denial of its past mistakes, the Fed is pursuing the same incremental approach that helped set the stage for the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Show More Summary

It'll Be Interesting To See What Happens To This Map As The Oil Crash Catches Up To America's Shale States

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has published its latest coincident indexes for the 50 US states. It's report included the map below, which shows the three month change in the index. The index combines data on payroll employment,...Show More Summary

5 Essential Provisions for the Higher Education Act to Alleviate Student Debt Today

Ericka Davis of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently noted that "[o]ver the past decade, student debt has skyrocketed and delinquency rates have nearly doubled to levels much higher than for other consumer lending products." The...Show More Summary

Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 44 states in November

From the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for November 2014. In the past month, the indexes increased in 44 states, decreased in two, and remained stable in four, for a one-month diffusion index of 84. Show More Summary

FT: New York Fed Probes ETF Pricing Mechanics

The pricing mechanism for exchange-traded funds is garnering attention from regulators at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to the Financial Times. Tracy Alloway reports that the New York Fed, which wields authority as Wall Street’s top regulator, is asking tough questions about the potential for ETF prices to veer sharply from the [...]

The False Promises Of 2% Inflation

Submitted by Richard Ebeling via Epic Times blog, A specter is haunting the world, the specter of two percent inflationism. Whether pronounced by the U.S. Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank, or from the Bank of Japan, manyShow More Summary

Fed’s Plosser Explains Dissent Vote, Says Policy Language Still Calendar-based

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia leader Charles Plosser said in a statement Friday the U.S. central bank is failing to make its monetary policy stance truly dependent on how the economy performs.

Fed’s Williams: No Rate Increase Likely For a Couple of Meetings

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams affirmed Friday that he believes any increase in short-term interest rates is unlikely to happen until the middle of next year.

Fed’s Lacker: Rate Rises Will Depend On Economy’s Path

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said Friday he isn't ready to say when the U.S. central bank should raise rates.

Fed’s Kocherlakota: Fed Policy Creating Downside Risks For Inflation

One of the Federal Reserve officials who cast a dissenting vote at this week’s policy meeting said Friday the central bank is playing a risky game that could lead to further declines in inflation.

Banks win two-year extension from Fed on Volker Rule provision

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday extended by two years the time that big banks have to comply with a new rule that requires them to dispose of investments in hedge funds, private equity firms and other risky operations.

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Picked Up Somewhat in December

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity picked up somewhat in December. The composite index of generalRead the Rest...

Kansas City Fed: Regional Manufacturing "Activity Expanded at a Moderate Pace" in December

From the Kansas City Fed: Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Expanded at a Moderate Pace The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the December Manufacturing Survey today. According to Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist...Show More Summary

Fed’s Kocherlakota: Fed Policy Creating Downside Risks For Inflation

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota, who cast a dissenting vote at this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting, said Friday the U.S. central bank is playing an increasingly risky game that could lead to further declines in already weak inflation.

Fed Creating 'unacceptable' Risks To Inflation: Kocherlakota

(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is creating "unacceptable" downside risks to U.S. inflation by signaling it will gradually remove monetary stimulus next year despite low inflation, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank Narayana Kocherlakota said on Friday. Show More Summary

Unlikely US interest rates will change before April

Signalling she’s in no hurry to raise rates, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank is unlikely to move before the end of April and that borrowing costs will remain low for a “long time” after liftoff. ||| Jeff Kearns...Show More Summary

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Remained Strong in December

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity remained strong in December. While the composite index dropped fromRead the Rest...

Seven Things We Think We Know After The Fed's Big Meeting

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve made its final policy announcement of the year. In a note to clients following the Fed meeting, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Hans Mikkelsen has a simple breakdown of the seven things we know after Wednesday's big meeting: 15 of 17 FOMC members expect an initial rate hike in 2015. Show More Summary

Yellen Says She Has ‘Great Confidence’ in New York Fed’s Dudley

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said she has "great confidence" in Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley, responding to questions about scrutiny the regional Fed bank is facing for its ties to large financial institutions and its performance in supervising them.

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