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How Much Has the Shale Boom Boosted GDP During the Great Recovery?

If you have been out to West Texas or driven through much of North Dakota where unconventional oil drilling has taken off, it's obvious that a lot of money gone ...
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Interest Rates to Remain Low Through 2020 Say Business Economists

Just over half (52%) of economists who responded to the National Association of Business Economists' (NABE) July survey think that the federal funds rate will be 2% or less by ...
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When 3 Central Banks Cut Interest Rates in a Single Day

When economies struggle, the classic textbook move to stabilize and help a recovery is for a nation's central bank to cut interest rates. The move aims to lower the cost ...
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FOMC Cuts Fund Rates for First Time in 10+ Years

To almost no one's surprise, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced Wednesday that it is cutting its Fed funds rate by a quarter-point to a new range of 2.0% ...
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What If the Fed Does Cut Rates and It’s Already Totally Priced In?

June’s massive jobs numbers were amazing, and they showed just how strong the economy may be. While most were looking for about 165,000 jobs to be added, the blow-out print ...
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Chicago Fed June Index Nears Historical Trend

At least one indicator of the health of the U.S. economy appears to support the case for a modest federal funds rate hike at next week's meeting of the central ...
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More Regional Fed Data for July Points to Stronger Business Conditions Ahead

While the markets have yet to see national manufacturing data, there has been an improvement in two of the regional reports showing some live indications for the month of July. ...
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Fed Chair Powell Suggests When Interest Rates Cuts Will Be Appropriate

The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report is being made to Congress this week, and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was testifying before the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House ...
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Here’s What to Do Now in Case the Fed Waits Until September

Last Friday’s massive jobs numbers, while great economic news, may not be the news that some investors hoping for a July rate cut were looking for. Most on Wall Street ...
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Could Creative Rule-Bending Help Fix Deutsche Bank?

Deutsche Bank A.G. (NYSE: DB) is not really considered by most investors as an American bank, so most U.S. investors would be likely to shrug off any negative news affecting ...
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10 Top Banks to Repurchase $125 Billion in Stock Over Next 12 Months

The Federal Reserve has released its annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). This exercise includes a quantitative assessment for the top banks that operate in the United States. The ...
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2019 Fed CCAR Gift to Warren Buffett: Dividend Hikes and Buybacks Galore for All Major Banks

At the end of June, the Federal Reserve now releases its annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). This exercise includes a quantitative assessment for the top banks that operate ...
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Oil and Gas Industry Caught Between Slowing Economy, Higher Costs: Dallas Fed Survey

In its second-quarter report on the oil and gas industry, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Wednesday that energy sector growth slowed significantly in that quarter of 2019. The ...
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Your Bank Probably Just Got A Very High Grade From The Government

The Federal Reserve just issued its measure of the health of America's major banks. The research is meant to show whether these 18 major bank holding companies can take a ...
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More Weakness Seen in Regional Manufacturing Data

The strong economy has finally started to show some weakness around slower global growth and trade tensions. After a very weak Empire Manufacturing report from the Federal Reserve Bank of ...
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