Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, September 15, 2014 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

This week’s Fed meeting might provide a clearer look at the central bank’s playbook.

Friday, August 22, 2014 2:30 pm
By Mark Hamrick ·

Fed Chair Yellen discusses weakness remaining in the job market and how it affects interest rates.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:00 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

While the Federal Reserve has given stress tests to the nation’s banks since the financial crisis, the Fed chair’s semi-annual testimony before both houses amounts to Congress’ own version of stress testing the nation’s top central banker. But in her first of two days of appearances on Capital Hill, Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s so-called Humphrey-Hawkins

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 5:00 pm
By Mark Hamrick ·

The Federal Reserve has added a bit more detail about how it plans to end some of the extraordinary measures put in place during and after the financial crisis. In minutes released from the mid-June policy-setting session, the nation’s central bank cautions that while asset purchases are “not on a preset course,” it envisions a

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

With the Federal Reserve expected to begin raising short-term interest rates next year, outside observers say the central bank should soon begin holding news conferences after every regularly scheduled policy meeting. If the more frequent briefings don’t start this year, then  they most certainly should early in 2015, the observers say. It was only three

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:00 pm
By Sheyna Steiner ·

The Fed giveth and the Fed taketh away. Say bye-bye to another $10 billion per month in stimulus.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 4:14 pm
By Mark Hamrick ·

A new Fed survey indicates the economy is picking up steam but still has issues.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:27 pm
By Mark Hamrick ·

Federal Reserve officials aren’t ready to raise interest rates anytime soon. They’re still trying to figure out how to do it. Just-released minutes from the April 29-30 Federal Open Market Committee meeting detail how officials are still trying to grapple with how to reverse extraordinary and unprecedented measures taken during and after the financial crisis.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:17 pm
By Mark Hamrick ·

This word cloud shows which words today’s Federal Reserve statement uses most often.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:16 pm
By Allison Ross ·

The Fed finds that the winter thaw has helped the economy rebound from cold-weather slowdowns.

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