Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

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

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s 3,600-word speech at an economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, today set the stage for shifting gears in monetary policy in the months ahead. The pivot would come after years of keeping interest rates at record-low levels. Trillions of dollars in asset purchases are expected to end in October. Yellen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:00 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Some Fed policymakers are getting itchier to raise rates as the economy moves “Closer to Fine.”

Friday, August 01, 2014 2:05 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Though unemployment is higher, the economy keeps pumping out jobs at a good clip.

Monday, July 28, 2014 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The week’s highlights will include a Fed meeting, a jobs report and a Medicare birthday.

Monday, July 21, 2014 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Ahead this week: key readings on housing and a Harry Potter anniversary.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:22 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve finds plenty of signs of a rebound from the winter slump.

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

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

Monday, July 14, 2014 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Fed chief will try not to make news before Congress this week, but good luck with that.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:00 pm
By Crissinda Ponder · Bankrate.com

Fed Chair Janet Yellen says she doesn’t see a need for U.S. monetary policy to shy away from the status quo.

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

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

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