| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:16 PM
It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor's 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time.
It was somewhat less widely noticed that on that day, you would have notched a...
| Aug 5, 2013
My family's newest member popped into the world with this year's crocuses, just in time for UNICEF's report card on child well-being.
Unbeknownst to our bundle of joy, the country of his birth was down at the bottom of the list of 29 nations, with...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 11:24 AM
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policymakers said Wednesday that they would continue the central bank’s controversial bond-buying stimulus program and leave short-term interest rates near zero to help boost the economic recovery, which they said was...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 2:57 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama praised both Lawrence H. Summers and Janet L. Yellen as "highly qualified" to be the next Federal Reserve chief, but said he had a "range of outstanding candidates" and reiterated that he would not make a decision until the...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Investors for years have poured money into bonds despite the low yields, viewing them as low-risk and reliable. The trend has been so dominant that some experts have warned of a so-called "safety bubble."
But after the Federal Reserve indicated that...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 6:36 AM
President Obama suggested he might not renominate Ben S. Bernanke for a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, saying the central bank chief has already stayed in the job longer than originally planned.
In a PBS interview that aired late Monday,...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON -- A difficult task awaits Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke when he faces the TV cameras Wednesday in his quarterly news conference.
He has to try to reassure investors, analysts and politicians that the central bank has a plan for...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 9:17 PM
For all the mixed messages from the Fed and the uncertainty that has roiled financial markets recently, one thing looks very clear: The era of declining interest rates is over.
After three decades in which borrowing costs for Americans have pretty...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Residential mortgage rates aren't just up from the bottom -- they have zoomed a full percentage point above recent record lows, reaching the mid-4% range.
The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate home loan hit 4.63% on Monday, according to HSH...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 12:12 PM
In 1979, Tom Shea founded Florida’s first outplacement firm, which became one of the original units of Right Management. As CEO of Right’s Florida/Caribbean Region, he heads six offices statewide and in Puerto Rico. Now in over 50 countries,...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 7:15 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve doesn't have "unconditional optimism" about the economic recovery and won't pull back on stimulus efforts if conditions don't warrant it, a top central bank policymaker said Friday.
In prepared remarks to the Council on...