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.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:58 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was on the hot seat today as senators grilled him on Libor, QE3 and the state of the economy.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 5:00 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The group responsible for monetary policy is divided on how to help the economy.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:59 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Operation Twist will be extended, and a key short-term interest rate will remain at its current level until 2014.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:32 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve says it still plans to keep a key short-term interest rate at its current level until 2014.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:30 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Here we are again. The economy has, as they say, hit a soft patch, and another meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, FOMC for short, is quickly approaching. The FOMC, the group responsible for setting monetary policy, meets June 19 and 20.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 3:53 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Fed released the Beige Book today. It revealed moderate growth across the country and steady or slight increases in hiring.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:39 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The Senate confirms two new members of the Federal Reserve Board, giving it a full seven-member board for the first time in six years.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 5:00 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

At the Fed’s FOMC press conference Wednesday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke discussed …

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1:30 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Like the economy itself, the Federal Reserve seems to be locked in a holding pattern.

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

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

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