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  • The Fed faces a dilemma on interest rate hike

    The Fed is in a tough spot. When is it safe to raise interest rates? The Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, has the dual responsibility of keeping prices stable (low inflation, no deflation) and keeping Americans employed. Right now, that...
  • Americans see improved job market but a still-vulnerable economy

    Americans see improved job market but a still-vulnerable economy
    Public sentiment about the economy is finally catching up with the reality of a job market that has been strongly improving, but Americans remain considerably more doubtful about household incomes and the overall security of the economy. The public's...
  • U.S. adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.

    U.S. adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.
    U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent. But the decline in the...
  • Stocks, bonds drop sharply as strong jobs report raises prospect for a rate hike

    Stocks, bonds drop sharply as strong jobs report raises prospect for a rate hike
    A strong jobs report shook up the financial markets Friday. U.S. employers added 295,000 jobs last month, the government said. That was more than economists were expecting and, combined with a drop in the unemployment rate, raised the likelihood of...
  • Investing: How to invest in bond funds now

    Investing: How to invest in bond funds now
    Most observers expect the Federal Reserve to raise short-term rates, probably in the second half of the year. But the Fed may delay the decision because of the strong dollar, which is attracting foreign investors and propping up bond prices (which move in...
  • 2009 transcripts reveal Fed confronting a chaotic banking system

    2009 transcripts reveal Fed confronting a chaotic banking system
    Transcripts of Federal Reserve meetings in 2009 showed central bank officials struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades and searching for the right policies to halt a deepening economic downturn. The transcripts released Wednesday...
  • Fed 'beige book' survey finds U.S. economy growing at moderate pace

    The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace through mid-February despite severe winter storms that had disrupted activity in some regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. The Fed said that six of its 12 regions had reported moderate growth...
  • Consumer spending rose in January after adjusting for low gas prices

    Consumer spending rose in January after adjusting for low gas prices
    Consumer spending bounced back in January after taking into account sharply lower gas and energy prices, the Commerce Department said Monday. Overall spending actually fell for the second straight month, the first time that's happened since the Great...
  • Why the Federal Reserve should raise interest rates now

    Why the Federal Reserve should raise interest rates now
    By your mid-20s, if you're lucky enough to have a job, it's time to move out of the house and support yourself. You've saved some money. Your prospects are decent. Success isn't guaranteed, but you can't live on mommy and daddy's money forever, right?...
  • Fed chief expresses caution about raising rates too early

    Fed chief expresses caution about raising rates too early
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen on Tuesday gave an upbeat assessment of the American job market. But she noted it was not fully healed and reiterated the central bank's stance that it remained "patient" in raising interest rates. "There has been...
  • U.S. gains 257,000 job; unemployment rate ticks up

    U.S. gains 257,000 job; unemployment rate ticks up
    U.S. employers hired at a stellar pace last month, wages rose by the most in six years, and Americans responded by streaming into the job market to find work. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy gained a seasonally adjusted 257,000 jobs in...