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  • Lower mortgage rates a silver lining of stock market drops

    If there's an upside to a plunging stock market, it's that mortgage rates are falling too. Investors bailing out on stocks have piled into ultra-safe U.S. Treasury bonds, pushing down the government's long-term borrowing costs on Wednesday to the lowest...
  • U.S. stocks slammed by global fears

    First it was fresh concerns about the fragile Eurozone recovery. Then there was the sudden steep fall in oil prices. Now investors are worrying whether the American economy can pull up a slumping global economy. And overlaying all these — fears...
  • Peter Morici: Don't get panicky now; stocks still good investment

    Peter Morici: Don't get panicky now;  stocks still good investment
    Wall Street may be in a panic, but ordinary investors should not sell their stocks. A recession in Europe, slower growth in China, falling oil prices, and prospects the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates in 2015 are keeping money...
  • Yellen says rising income inequality in U.S. 'greatly' concerns her

    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen raised alarms Friday about rising income inequality in the U.S., saying it "greatly" concerned her and suggesting the trend was incompatible with American values. The last several decades "have seen the most...
  • Unemployment rate falls to 6-year low

    Unemployment rate falls to 6-year low
    U.S. employers ramped up hiring in September and the jobless rate fell to a six-year low, bolstering bets the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in mid-2015. Friday's report on employment is the most significant gauge of the economy's health...
  • Investors expected to stick to stocks

    Investors expected to stick to stocks
    As the stock market enters the last quarter of the year, investors are expected to stick with stocks. Not because they think stocks are a great deal. Rather, professional investors see no other game in town. Many analysts repeatedly note that stocks are...
  • Ronald McKinnon dies at 79; economist opposed Fed asset purchases

    Ronald McKinnon, a retired professor of economics at Stanford University who warned Federal Reserve policy makers including former Chairman Ben Bernanke that its large-scale asset purchases would harm the economy, has died. He was 79. He died...
  • Weak home sales create a market full of unknowns

    Weak home sales create a market full of unknowns
    There's still a ways to go before 2014's housing market wraps up, but industry watchers are already looking ahead to next year. So, too, are potential buyers and sellers who decided to sit this year out. Last week, the Illinois Association of Realtors...
  • The reverse Robin Hood [Commentary]

    The reverse Robin Hood [Commentary]
    The Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, was established by Congress to regulate the money supply — that is, the value of the dollar, credit and interest rates. And for years now, it has undertaken extraordinary and unprecedented actions to...
  • Federal Reserve's Plosser, dissenter on monetary policy, to retire

    Federal Reserve's Plosser, dissenter on monetary policy, to retire
    Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Charles Plosser, who has pushed the central bank to move more quickly to raise its rock-bottom interest rates, said Monday he would retire on March 1. Plosser, known as an inflation hawk because of his view that...
  • Dow tumbles 264 points in biggest stock sell-off in two months

    Dow tumbles 264 points in biggest stock sell-off in two months
    Wall Street saw its biggest stock sell-off in two months Thursday as investors worried over rising geopolitical tensions and the prospect of higher interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 264.26 points. The plunge was led by tech stocks,...