| Feb 18, 2015
| 12:05 PM
A decision on when to start raising the Federal Reserve’s benchmark interest rate remained elusive, even though policymakers spent much of their last meeting debating the timing of the hike.
Many worried at the Federal Open Market Committee...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can't be saved unless Wall Street is tamed.
The Street's excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 10:30 AM
Since the Great Recession, the Federal Reserve has worked hard to boost the economy. Part of the Fed's mission was to keep core inflation (the price of goods and services excluding food and energy) at a pace of two percent annually.
Although there have...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 8:04 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.
The surprisingly robust report the government issued Friday...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 5:09 PM
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...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 1:06 PM
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...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 7:32 AM
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...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 5:58 PM
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...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 2:12 PM
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...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 3:55 PM
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...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 11:45 AM
A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose.
The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index fell 0.7% in January, the sharpest drop...