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  • 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?...
  • U.S. adds a robust 295,000 jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5%

    U.S. adds a robust 295,000 jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5%
    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...
  • Public hearing planned on proposed sale of OneWest Bank to CIT Group

    Public hearing planned on proposed sale of OneWest Bank to CIT Group
    Rejecting an unusual email campaign fomented by a top bank officer, regulators decided to hold a public hearing later this month in Los Angeles on the planned $3.4-billion takeover of OneWest Bank in Pasadena. The decision, announced Friday, came one...
  • Q&A: U.S. technically hits deflation, but what does it mean?

    Q&A: U.S. technically hits deflation, but what does it mean?
    The consumer price index, a leading measure of inflation, fell last month into negative territory over a 12-month period for the first time since the fall of 2009, when the nation was just emerging from recession. It also fell from December, the third...
  • Stocks drift mostly lower as oil prices sink

    Stocks drift mostly lower as oil prices sink
    U.S. stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish on Thursday, weighed down by falling energy stocks as the slump in oil prices deepened. Chevron and Exxon Mobil were among the biggest decliners in the Dow Jones industrial average, which eased back from...
  • U.S. fourth-quarter economic growth is revised down to 2.2%

    U.S. fourth-quarter economic growth is revised down to 2.2%
    The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit. The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross...
  • Investing-The pros and cons of cheap oil: Why the 55 percent plunge in oil prices is roiling markets worldwide

    Investing-The pros and cons of cheap oil: Why the 55 percent plunge in oil prices is roiling markets worldwide
    THE POSITIVES -- Buoyant consumers. With the price of a fill-up falling to its lowest level in 11 years, U.S. consumers will spend $750 less per household on gasoline this year than they did in 2014, the government estimates. That will spur consumer...