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Why inflation and interest rates could remain low for a very long time

September 19, 2017

Stephen Smith, co-lead portfolio manager of global fixed income at Brandywine Global, and John Bellows, portfolio manager and research analyst at Western Asset Management, discuss what the outlook for monetary policy means for investors.

Trump picks Jerome Powell to lead Federal Reserve at a tricky time

November 2, 2017

Jerome Powell, said to be President Donald Trump's pick to be the next Federal Reserve chairman, is set to take the reins of the world's most important central bank when the U.S. economy is rolling along at a pace he'll be under pressure to...

The Federal Reserve meets Donald Trump

November 15, 2016

The Fed, like most folks inside the bubbles of New York and Washington, D.C., did not expect Donald Trump to be our next president. It's now time to start speculating about how the Fed will adjust to The Donald. Re-reading the Fed's diverging...

Partnering with the Federal Reserve

February 14, 2014

Taking cues from the Fed resulted in investment success for Ed Hyman of ISI Group and Bill Miller of Legg Mason Opportunity Trust in 2013. Find out what signs they're looking for from the central bank this year.

McCulley: Why the U.S. is poised to exit the liquidity trap

June 2, 2015

A liquidity trap occurs when central banks take their rates to zero, but nothing much improves as a result, according to Paul McCulley, former chief economist at Pimco. Plus, find out where he thinks rates are headed this year.

Ahamed: Lessons learned by today's central bankers

May 12, 2015

The Federal Reserve became a prisoner of its own rules during the Depression, whereas during the 2008 financial crisis it went to the limit and almost broke its own rules, according Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lords of Finance."

Defining the Federal Reserve's role

January 16, 2014

As the central bank closes in on its 100th anniversary, James Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, and Richard Sylla, professor of economics at NYU Stern School of Business, debate its true purpose.

Forecast calls for inflation

November 5, 2013

The Federal Reserve has created the "most radical" pro-reflationary policy in modern history, economist David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff says. What does that mean for the markets?

How the Fed could surprise investors to the upside

September 13, 2013

Dr. Brian J. Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management LLC, on the Fed's upcoming moves and best exit points for fixed income.

The risk of turning 'trash into cash'

October 2, 2012

Matthew McLennan, portfolio manager for First Eagle Funds, on the Fed's quantitative easing and the allure of gold.

Why the S&P 500 could soon hit an all-tme high

August 3, 2012

Francois Trahan says that lower inflation will lead to a stronger economic data points, including a huge recovery in stocks.

Is the Fed helping the economy?

September 17, 2012

Former International Monetary Fund deputy John Lipsky and Nick Sargen, CIO of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, discuss the Federal Reserve's latest round of quantitative easing.

How the Fed's actions have impacted the global economy

September 10, 2012

Financial historian Niall Ferguson says fiscal stimulus from the Federal Reserve has helped to drive up commodity prices significantly since 2009.

Federal Reserve alters investor expectations

March 29, 2015

The surprisingly dovish March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) communications — the combination of the FOMC statement, Chair Janet Yellen's press conference and the Statement of Economic Projections — led to a large equity market rally...

Calling out the Federal Reserve's political leanings

September 22, 2016

Has the Federal Reserve become a political arm of the executive branch of government? The new normal of monetary policy. The stock market has become an “Obama paper bull.” The SEC's case against Leon Cooperman, alleging insider trading,...

Personal wealth as mapped by the Federal Reserve

May 19, 2008

Personal wealth as mapped by the Federal Reserve The balance sheet of U.S. households and non-profit organizations,* $ in billions 4Q 2006 1Q 2007 2Q 2007 3Q 2007 4Q 2007 Assets               Tangible assets 26,036.70 26,351.40 26,668.20...

Federal Reserve weighs rate cut

September 17, 2007

Stocks edged downward late this afternoon as the financial services industry awaited the Fed’s decision on interest rates. If the central bank does cut the federal funds rates tomorrow — and the consensus the Street is that it will — it will...

Bond minefields to avoid

December 14, 2015

As bond markets brace for this week’s Federal Reserve rate announcement, some market strategists are steering investors from high-yield fixed income. They’re paying attention to the fallout from Third Avenue Management’s halting redemption...

Federal Reserve opens door to increase in interest rates

March 18, 2015

The Federal Reserve dropped an assurance it will be “patient” in raising interest rates, ending an era in its communications policy and opening the door for higher borrowing costs as early as June. “An increase in the target range for...

Rate hike not likely before April: Federal Reserve

January 7, 2015

Most Federal Reserve officials agreed their new policy guidance means they are unlikely to raise interest rates before late April, and a number expressed concern inflation could remain too low, minutes of their December meeting showed. “Most...

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