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Fed Might Do What It Hasn't Done in 22 Years

Jerome Powell floats possibility of half-point hike in interest rates

(Newser) - Chair Jerome Powell said Monday that the Federal Reserve would raise its benchmark short-term interest rate faster than expected if it decides that this would be necessary to slow rampaging inflation, per the AP . His comments did not please the markets. Immediately afterward, the major indexes fell noticeably, with the...

Stocks, Bond Yields Rise Sharply After Fed Announcement

S&P 500 jumped 2.2%

(Newser) - Stocks shook off an afternoon stumble and ended higher on Wall Street Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced its first interest rate hike since 2018. Bond yields also rose as the Fed started to shift its policy to fighting inflation, the AP reports. The S&P 500 rose 95.41...

Fed Confirms Big Move to Tame Inflation

Benchmark interest rate is going up for the first time since 2018

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve, in the first of what is expected to be a series of hikes, is raising its key short-term interest rate by a quarter-point from near zero. The central bank, which is fighting to tame the worst inflation in 40 years, signaled Wednesday that there could be up...

Biden Fed Nominee Withdraws After Manchin Says No

Biden says Sarah Bloom Raskin was 'subject to baseless attacks'

(Newser) - Update: Sarah Bloom Raskin has withdrawn from consideration for a key post on the Federal Reserve's board of governors, handing Sen. Joe Manchin another win. The Democrat joined all 50 Republicans in the Senate Monday in opposition to confirming Bloom at the Fed's top banking regulator. In a...

S&amp;P 500 Shakes Off Slump After Fed Releases Minutes
Minutes From Fed Meeting
Give Markets a Boost

Minutes From Fed Meeting Give Markets a Boost

Central bank is ready to raise interest rates

(Newser) - Stocks shook off an early slump and ended mixed on Wall Street Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed policymakers still leaning toward moving decisively to fight inflation. The S&P 500 wound up with a slight gain, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the...

Key Inflation Measure Hits a 39-Year High

Meanwhile, consumer spending fell 0.6% last month

(Newser) - A measure of prices that is closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 5.8% last year, the sharpest increase since 1982, as brisk consumer spending collided with snarled supply chains to raise the costs of food, furniture, appliances, and other goods. The report Friday from the Commerce Department also...

Bounce Back for US Economy in 2021 Was a Major One

Nation's GDP saw strongest calendar-year growth since the Reagan years

(Newser) - The US economy grew last year at the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan's presidency, bouncing back with resilience from 2020's brief but devastating coronavirus recession. The nation's gross domestic product—its total output of goods and services—expanded 5.7% in 2021. It was the strongest calendar-year...

Stocks Give Up Gains After Fed Signals Rate Hike
Gains Evaporate After
Fed Signals Rate Hike

Gains Evaporate After Fed Signals Rate Hike

S&P 500 gave up early gain of 2.2%

(Newser) - An early market rally gave way to a broad slide for stocks and a surge in bond yields Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled it plans to begin raising interest rates "soon" to fight a spike in inflation that the central bank says is probably getting worse. Fed Chair...

Fed Signals It Will Raise Rates as Soon as March

It will phase out its monthly bond purchases as well

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to begin raising its benchmark interest rate as soon as March, a key step in reversing its pandemic-era low-rate policies that have fueled hiring and growth but also escalated inflation. With high inflation squeezing consumers and businesses and unemployment falling steadily, the...

New Economic Worry: Not a Bubble, but a &#39;Superbubble&#39;
Gloomy Word 'Superbubble'
Is Now Being Tossed Around
the rundown

Gloomy Word 'Superbubble' Is Now Being Tossed Around

Investor Jeremy Grantham, noted for his pessimistic forecasts, issues a big one

(Newser) - If the forecast of big-name investor Jeremy Grantham is correct, the US economy—and perhaps your 401k—is in for a world of hurt. The 83-year-old founder of the Boston-based investment fund GMO (who is known for his gloomy forecasts) isn't just warning of a bubble, he's upgraded...

Fed Chief: We'll Get More Aggressive on Inflation

Jerome Powell tells Congress they'll raise interest rates more if need be

(Newser) - Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged Tuesday that high inflation has emerged as a serious threat to the Fed's goal of helping put more Americans back to work and that the Fed will raise rates more than it now plans if needed to stem surging prices. "If we...

Fed's Vice Chair, Facing Questions on Trades, Resigns

Richard Clarida is the third top official to leave under a cloud

(Newser) - The vice chair of the Federal Reserve is resigning in the face of questions about his stock trading during the pandemic. Richard Clarida, whose term was in its last month, made the announcement Monday but did not elaborate, the Washington Post reports. "I will miss his wise counsel and...

Major Tech Stocks Drop After Fed Meeting Minutes Released

Tesla slumped 5.4%

(Newser) - Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting raised expectations that the central bank will move faster to raise interest rates to fight inflation. The S&P 500 fell 92.96 points, or 1.9%, to 4,700.58. Drops in major...

Markets Welcome Fed's Plan to Pull Back Stimulus

Dow rose 383 points

(Newser) - Stocks rose steadily on Wall Street Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would accelerate its pullback of economic stimulus and would likely raise interest rates three times next year to tackle rising inflation. The Fed will shrink its monthly bond purchases at twice the pace it previously announced, putting...

Biden Makes Highly Anticipated Picks to Lead the Fed

President nominates Powell to continue as chair, wants to elevate Democrat Brainard to No. 2

(Newser) - President Biden has settled on a decision that's been awaited by economic markets around the world—he wants Jerome Powell to remain as chair of the Federal Reserve. Powell is a Republican, and while Democrats had been chafing for a switch at the central bank, the president opted for...

Fed Now Expects Inflation to Linger

Central bank is going to start dialing back economic aid

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve will begin dialing back the extraordinary economic aid it's provided since the pandemic erupted last year, a response to high inflation that now looks likely to persist longer than it did just a few months ago . In a statement Wednesday after its latest policy meeting, the...

Warren Calls Fed Chair a 'Dangerous Man'

She tells Jerome Powell she will oppose his renomination

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed what she called the "elephant in the room" at a Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday—the question of whether Jerome Powell will be renominated as Federal Reserve chair. The Democrat told Powell that she considers him a "dangerous man" who has weakened the country'...

Fed Considers Its Own Digital Currency

Powell sees no rush, though China's central bank is forging ahead on development

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve expects to issue a paper soon addressing whether it should go ahead with a digital currency of its own. The central bank has been looking into the issue, with the Boston Fed and MIT combining on a study that will precede the paper, CNBC reports. The advantages,...

Stocks Hold Gains After Big Announcement From Fed
Markets Unfazed by
Big Announcement From Fed

Markets Unfazed by Big Announcement From Fed

Central bank may start easing COVID-era support measures later this year

(Newser) - Stocks held on to their gains on Wall Street Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the economy later this year. In a statement at 2pm Eastern, the central bank said it may start raising its benchmark interest rate sometime next year,...

Stocks Dip After Fed Says Economy &#39;Downshifted&#39;
Stocks Drop After Fed
Releases 'Beige Book'

Stocks Drop After Fed Releases 'Beige Book'

Economy 'downshifted' over the summer

(Newser) - Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Wednesday following a Federal Reserve report that shows US economic activity slowed this summer amid rising worries over resurgent coronavirus cases and mounting supply chain problems and labor shortages. The Fed’s latest survey of the nation’s business conditions, dubbed the “Beige...

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