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  • Mortgage rates turn lower again

    Mortgage rates turn lower again
    Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-...
  • Fed pushes back against audit bill as threat to its independence

    COLUMBUS, Ohio The Federal Reserve is stepping up efforts to fend off congressional audits of its monetary-policy decisions, with one official warning they would constitute a threat to its independence. Proposals to audit the Fed "really are about...
  • Fed Chair Yellen must weigh U.S. growth against global slowdown

     Fed Chair Yellen must weigh U.S. growth against global slowdown
    Now comes the tough part for Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen. After winding down the central bank's bond-buying stimulus without roiling financial markets, Yellen begins her second year on the job next week with the more difficult task of...
  • Upbeat 'Goldilocks Economy' Forecast At Hartford Financial Analyst Event

    The investment climate, in some ways, returned to normal in 2014: a healthy but not gaudy 14 percent rise in the Standard & Poor's index of 500 large companies, supported by moderate economic growth with somewhat stable interest rates. It's a climate...
  • Falling oil prices: How long will it last?

    Falling oil prices: How long will it last?
    Filling up at the gas station has been a much more pleasant experience for Americans since last fall. Regular gas is now less than $2 a gallon in many states, down from around $3.30 just a year ago. But how long will that last? It’s just one of...
  • U.S. bull market rolled on in 2014, but investors got pickier

    Investment success in 2014 was mostly about keeping it simple. That may not be a bad way to go in 2015, either. Well-known U.S. blue chip shares handily beat obscure smaller stocks and most foreign markets over the last 12 months. High-quality bonds...
  • Investing in 2015

    Investing in 2015
    Stocks are still a good place to invest in the new year, and equities could easily jump another 25 percent before the bull market is done. The S&P 500, which accounts for about 80 percent of publicly traded companies in the United States, is trading...
  • No bull: 2015 stock market expected to grow — just not as much

    The stock market is expected to continue to be kind to investors in the new year but with more humble gains than the last three years. Some analysts anticipate that by the end of 2015, the market will deliver only about 5 percent growth — far...
  • From oil to wages: 5 economic stories to watch in 2015

    From oil to wages: 5 economic stories to watch in 2015
    The start of a new year is a good time to take stock. For those of us in the news business, this suggests stepping back and asking what's important. Here are five economic stories worth watching. What happens to oil? Saudi Arabia has helped drive down...
  • U.S.-Cuba Relations: a new beginning or much ado about nothing?

    U.S.-Cuba Relations: a new beginning or much ado about nothing?
    Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, in a 1996 televised speech, referred to the continued overvaluation of stocks as "irrational exuberance" — an apt expression today in the wake of President Barack Obama's Dec. 17th announcement of a...
  • Mortgage rates defied forecasts in 2014; what's ahead in 2015?

    Mortgage rates defied forecasts in 2014; what's ahead in 2015?
    Housing economists were nearly unanimous a year ago: U.S. mortgage rates would rise in 2014 because the Federal Reserve was unwinding a key economic stimulus that had helped keep long-term interest rates low. But as the year passed, the Fed's pull-...