| Oct 25, 2013
For months it was a matter of intense speculation: Who would President Obama nominate to chair the Federal Reserve? Now that he has named Janet Yellen, currently the Fed's vice chair and an exceptionally well-qualified candidate, maybe we can move on to...
| Oct 28, 2013
Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke could not have been more precise about the projected cutbacks in the monthly $85-billion bond-buying program. He said in December that the Fed would continue the program until the national unemployment rate fell to 6.5%. And...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 7:31 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Banking Committee expects to hold a confirmation hearing in November on Janet L. Yellen's nomination to be the next head of the Federal Reserve as supporters try to get her formally in place before current Fed chief Ben S....
| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has taken unprecedented steps to stimulate the economic recovery from the Great Recession, but the tab has risen to such tremendous proportions — fast approaching $4 trillion — that some worry the central...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person in the world, outflanking President Obama, whose authority was damaged by the recent government shutdown and budget crisis, Forbes magazine reported Wednesday in its annual rankings of global...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:58 PM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve kept intact its large-scale campaign to stimulate the economy, saying it was awaiting more evidence of sustainable progress in the recovery.
Although the Fed's decision Wednesday to hold the line on its monthly...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 6:54 AM
WASHINGTON -- Lael Brainard, the Treasury department's top official in dealing with global financial issues, will step down this week amid speculation she could be nominated to the Federal Reserve Board.
Brainard has served as undersecretary for...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 10:37 AM
Letters to the editor from Gurnee, Hawthorn Woods and Kildeer.
The legal position that campaign cash is speech is sheer nonsense. Freedom of speech means that you are free to say what you please, not the volume setting on your...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 10:32 AM
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, saying the job market is far from normal, made clear Monday that the central bank remains committed to providing extraordinary support for the economy for some time to come.
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:29 PM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is trying to figure out how much of the recent economic slowing was caused by the harsh winter weather, a determination that could prompt it to reconsider how fast it pulls back on its key economic stimulus.
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Although the Federal Reserve has been criticized for its unprecedented efforts to fight the 2008 financial crisis, former Fed chief Ben S. Bernanke said Tuesday the central bank could have done more.
"Although we have been very aggressive, I think on...