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Why Are Consumers Expecting So Much More Inflation Than They Have Ever Seen?

The economy needs inflation. This notion is hard to explain to many people that higher prices are better than low prices when it comes to every days goods. Still, the ...
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Fed Vice Chair Fischer Hits on Low Real Interest Rates

If there is one member of the Federal Reserve that can inspire some interest aside from Chair Janet Yellen, Vice Chair Stanley Fischer would be that person. At a speech ...
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How All Fresh Economic Indictors Are Pointing to Weaker Inflation

It might seem counterintuitive to think that the economy needs higher inflation. Still, that's the current thinking. The problem is that the economy just is not getting enough inflation considering ...
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Chicago Fed Saw Stronger National Activity in June

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago may be a regional branch of the Federal Reserve, but the group releases a national economic tracker called the Chicago Fed National Activity Index. ...
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How Much Do Americans Know About the Federal Reserve?

The Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strengthening and because of this, the central bank is increasing the level on its benchmark rate. The Fed has lifted rates four times ...
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Dallas Fed Report Mixed on Permian Basin

Last week the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas issued a brief summary report on employment, production, and new drilling in the Permian Basin of West Texas. In general, the report ...
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New York Fed Manufacturing Survey Indicates Slower Growth

According to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, business activity grew only modestly in the state of New York in July. Companies responding to the July ...
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Did Janet Yellen Just Signal That Rates Will Remain Lower for Much Longer?

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was slated to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services on Wednesday. There is a debate over whether this might be ...
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Key Winners and Losers Among Big Bank Capital Return Plans

Now that the U.S. Federal Reserve has released the 2017 results of the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), all 34 of the banks received approval for their shareholder capital ...
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6 Most Important Things in Business Today

Blue Apron, which makes and delivers premium meal kits, will go public. The price range of the IPO has dropped. Many blame Amazon.com Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) move further into the ...
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Why the Fed May Not Be Able to Shrink Its Balance Sheet

Along with the Federal Reserve’s expected hike of the federal funds rate to a range of 1.00% to 1.25%, what really captured investor attention was the addendum the Federal Open ...
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6 Most Important Things in the Business World Now

The initial public offering of Saudi Aramco, which could be among the biggest in history, has been delayed because of arguments about where the large oil company should list its ...
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The End of Quantitative Easing: Fed Rate Hike Trumped by Selling Down Massive Balance Sheet

Janet Yellen and the Federal Open Market Committee have confirmed what the market was bracing for (or hoping for) -- a Fed Funds rate hike. What is also now on ...
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Inflation Reports Throw Curve Ball for Fed Rate Hike Ambitions

On a day when the Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates, investors, economists and business owners might wonder what lower inflation readings will do to the decision-making of ...
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Ahead of Expected Rate Hike, Consumer Inflation Expectations Head South

The week of June 12 to June 16 is almost certain to bring an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee. That consensus estimate is for ...
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