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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...

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.

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.

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.

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."

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'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.

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.

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,...

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...

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...

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...

It's decision week for Federal Reserve: Will they raise rates?

September 14, 2015

It's the week everyone has been waiting for. Janet Yellen and her partners on the Federal Reserve Board have to decide Thursday whether to raise rates. It's still an open question. Whatever the Fed decides, don't expect the stock market to settle...

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...

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...

Alex Rodriguez and the Federal Reserve rewrite history

August 19, 2015

On a clear July night at Target Field in Minneapolis, 39-year-old New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez swung at a fastball over the plate, driving the ball over the center field fence. With the swing of a bat, A-Rod had hit his third home run of the...

Betting against the Federal Reserve a risky game

June 8, 2015

If the Federal Reserve is really so intent on raising interest rates this year, why is Wall Street chopping its forecasts for bond yields? For all the hand-wringing over the recent selloff that wiped out about $1.2 trillion in value from the...

Federal Reserve cuts funds rate to 2%

April 30, 2008

The Federal Reserve trimmed the federal funds rate by a quarter-point to 2% today, as high food and energy prices, the credit crunch, a reeling housing market and the prospect of a recession provided reason for the Fed to give the economy another...

Gundlach takes Federal Reserve to task, compares Trump to unconstrained bond funds

October 25, 2016

Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive of DoubleLine Capital, believes investors and financial advisers should not get too comfortable with the recent pattern of Federal Reserve monetary policy. In a punchy presentation in front of a packed ballroom...

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