Federal Reserve Blog

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 3:40 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

The Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day meeting concluded this afternoon, with no change in rates and virtually no change in their statement. The Fed did mention the job market “is beginning to improve,” that “growth in household spending has picked up recently,” and that housing starts “have edged up but remain at a depressed level.”

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 11:35 am
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

It is time for Bernanke to put his money where his mouth is and make a key change to the Fed statement following today’s meeting.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:36 am
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

Despite a lack of wage growth, consumers pushed retail sales higher in March. And with CPI still tame, Bernanke will stick to the script of low interest rates.

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Monday, April 12, 2010 2:52 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

Something caught my eye over the weekend. The CBOE Volatility Index, referred to as the VIX and often considered a “fear gauge” for investors, is at its lowest point since Oct. 2007. Hmmm, Oct. 2007.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 9:59 am
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

The minutes of the March 16 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee were released Tuesday afternoon. The Fed remains committed to keeping rates low, citing the likelihood of only moderate economic growth over the next two years.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 3:22 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

The Home Affordable Refinance Program is the real key to avoiding another wave of mortgage rate reset-induced defaults in the next few years.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 8:15 am
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sometime. Here’s how to prepare your finances for the higher rates.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 4:41 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Don Kohn is stepping down in June. How will his successor influence the FOMC — and the economy?

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