Federal Reserve Blog

The Federal Reserve Blog covers news involving the nation's central bank, which wields power guiding the economy and regulating the financial sector. Its decisions affect a multitude of factors that impact our financial lives, including the performance of markets and returns on investments and savings. Bankrate's team of journalists and top-notch sources can help make sense of the Federal Reserve's sometimes complicated announcements and decisions. See the latest Federal Reserve Blog posts below.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 5:11 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

At a scheduled press conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke cited the continued struggles of the U.S. job market as the reason for announcing QE3.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012 1:56 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve is ready to rescue the economy with another large-scale asset purchase program.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:33 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve’s rate-setting committee will start its third large-scale asset purchase plan — which makes it officially QE3.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:22 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The European Central Bank met this week and announced that it will buy an unlimited amount of sovereign debt from euro area countries in a new sterilized plan.

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Friday, August 31, 2012 12:05 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

If there is more stimulus planned, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke declined to hint at it directly Friday in his speech at the annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He did, predictably, leave the door open. Over the past five years, the Federal Reserve has acted to support economic growth and foster job creation,

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 5:30 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Beige Book shows that through July and August the economy grew slowly, though there are some economic bright spots including retail and real estate.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 3:21 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

If banks could no longer earn money depositing excess reserves at Federal Reserve Banks, would they make more loans? Probably not but it’s not what you think.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 4:44 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Additional monetary accommodation could be warranted fairly soon, many members of the Federal Open Market Committee said in their Aug. 1 meeting, according to the FOMC meeting minutes released by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. The question is, is that still true? Not everyone thinks so. The Fed minutes from the beginning of August show

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Thursday, August 2, 2012 11:15 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The European central bank met this week and made no changes to policy, though they may take action in coming weeks.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:14 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

No changes to monetary policy or interest rates came out of this week’s meeting of the Federal Reserve’s rate-setting committee.

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