Federal Reserve Blog

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:20 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

With mixed signs of an economy in recovery, find out why the Fed left interest rates unchanged.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 4:59 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

New minutes released show the discussions among the Federal Reserve’s policy-making body before they kept a key rate unchanged last month.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:25 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The Fed keeps the federal funds rate low. Find out what it said about the state of the economy.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:12 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The Fed elects to leave the federal funds rate unchanged. Experts give their take on why.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:54 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Fed meeting this week brought a couple of changes to the economic projections from the Federal Reserve. The projections are released four times per year and typically include forecasts for the direction of the gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation. This week’s new additions incorporate forecasts of the federal funds rate, including where participants

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

This week’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee proved fairly eventful, particularly because there were no significant changes to monetary policy. The developments include the first press conference of the year given by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and a new addition to the Fed’s Summary of Economic Projections showing the forecast of the

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 8:59 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee voted to keep the key federal funds rate near zero, where it has been since December 2008. The biggest news is that the current low rate will likely persist through late 2014 rather than the previous projection of mid-2013, according to the FOMC statement: The Committee decided today to

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:30 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee today elected to leave rates unchanged and hold off on new quantitative easing, or QE, measures for now. The key federal funds rate, which determines the rate at which banks lend their balances at the Fed to one another, will remain near zero through late 2014. The federal funds

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Friday, January 13, 2012 1:08 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

This week a friend asked me why consumers should care about what the Federal Reserve does. It’s a fair question; there’s plenty of economic news a consumer can ignore and pretty much be fine. The beginning of a housing slowdown in China or the stock performance of Apple don’t really have that big of an

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 3:50 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Fed’s tea leaves are set to become even less obfuscated in 2012. At the January meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed will launch a new strategy for communicating the path that interest rates might take, the minutes from the Dec. 13 meeting show. This is what the minutes say: The subcommittee

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