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Expect the Fed to have a more 'somber' outlook on the economy this week

The Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day monetary policy meeting on Tuesday and will announce its latest policy decision on Wednesday. In its March policy statement, the Fed explicitly ruled out an interest rate hike in April, so little...Show More Summary

US Data and Fed to Drive the Dollar in the Week Ahead

Ideas the US economy had returned to a growth path that was sufficiently strong to permit the Federal Reserve to begin normalizing monetary policy have been challenged by the disappointing string of data. This will culminate with the first estimate of Q1 GDP on April 29. Show More Summary

Quantitative Easing and The Great Recession: Who Wins? Who Loses?

The Federal Reserve (“the Fed”), the central bank of the United States, is at the center of a big political fight, once again.

The Fed Lives In The Past

Submitted by Dominique Dassault via GlobalSlant.com, No Contemporary Thinking At The Fed The picture of this very old telephone reminds of our “esteemed” Federal Reserve. They really seem incapable of any modern thought. Their parallels to, and fears of, the Great Depression [Former Chair Bernanke], seem to drive 2009-2015 monetary policy. Show More Summary

How Much Faith In The Fed Is Too Much Faith?

What if the U.S. economy fails to pick back up from its dismal first quarter? Then the U.S. Federal Reserve will push off the frequency and the magnitude of any increases in overnight lending rates. That’s what the U.S. stock market is telling investors, as the S&P 500 and NASDAQ break...

The Fed's Cold War Bunker Had $4 Billion Cash For After The Apocalypse

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

New York and DC are piles of ash, but at least your checks are clearing. That was the idea behind the Culpeper Switch, a sprawling bunker built by the Federal Reserve to keep the banks running after nuclear apocalypse. But even some Cold War-era politicians thought it was silly. Read more...

Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 41 states in March

From the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for March 2015. In the past month, the indexes increased in 41 states, decreased in four, and remained stable in five, for a one-month diffusion index of 74. Show More Summary

San Francisco Fed Sticks to Rosy Forecast Despite Recent Weakness

A weak start to the year is not deterring economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from a fairly upbeat growth outlook for 2015.

The Week Ahead

International events will dominate in the coming week, with a meeting of the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee sure to be the focus of attention.

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Sentiment Fell Further in April

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing sentiment fell further in April, contracting for the second straight month.Read the Rest...

Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Report: Nearly a Clean Negative Sweep; US Dollar Effect in Spotlight

Inquiring minds are digging into the Federal Reserve Manufacturing Report for the 10th District Region.10th District Summary Note the near clean sweep in the negative sense. Actually, inventories of materials rising in the midst of a...Show More Summary

How Do Higher Interest Rates Affect Retirees?

Now that the Federal Reserve has announced its intention to begin raising interest rates, many retirees want to know: What do higher interest rates mean for their savings?

Fed Should Make Bond Buys a Regular Policy Tool, A Boston Fed Paper Finds

The Federal Reserve should consider keeping bond buys as a regular tool of monetary policy rather than return to a more conventional policy relying just on setting short-term rates, a newly-released paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston says.

3 Sectors That Could Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

dbimages/Alamy By Kira Brecht With the 2008 global financial crisis finally in the rearview mirror, improvement in the U.S. economic picture has increased expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in 2015. The Standard...Show More Summary

Fed eyes ability of asset managers to repay in a panic

By Michael Flaherty and Jonathan Spicer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sections of the U.S. financial system that may be vulnerable to investor panic are raising concerns inside the Federal Reserve, as policymakers preparing for the...Show More Summary

Fed Fails to Comply With Lawmakers’ Request For Names in Probe

The Federal Reserve has not replied to a lawmakers' request that it identify the individuals who had contact with a private consulting firm that published a report on the central bank’s market-sensitive internal policy deliberations...

Exposed: The Real Market Manipulator Behind The Flash Crash

Having been among the first scapegoats fingered for causing the May 2010 Flash Crash, Universa's Mark Spitznagel has some harsh words for the latest farce that the regulators are trying to pull (telling CNBC): “The Federal Reserve remains...Show More Summary

Should the GAO Audit the Fed? A Cato-CMFA Forum

Ever since Ron Paul first introduced it in 2009, the “Federal Reserve Transparency” Act, calling for the elimination of the Federal Reserve System’s exemption from certain kinds of GAO audits, has been the subject of vigorous debateShow More Summary

Economy to rebound in second quarter; strong dollar a threat: Reuters poll

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth is set to rebound in the second quarter, but a strong dollar could slow momentum and push the first interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve to later this year, a Reuters poll found. Show More Summary

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