Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:19 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The US economic recovery isn’t exactly blowing the doors off, according to the latest edition of the Fed’s Beige Book.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:30 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Call it Fed fatigue. After three years of aggressive monetary easing and unprecedented action to prop up the financial system, the U.S. economy is beginning to show some scattered signs of improvement, and the Federal Reserve decided to take it easy, at least for this meeting. “Monetary policy has its limits, and the Fed may

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:10 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Today the Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, came together for a quiet meeting, leaving the key federal funds rate unchanged at near-zero percent, as expected through mid-2013. The federal funds rate is the rate at which banks lend to each other. The FOMC’s statement reflected cautious optimism about the U.S. economy in the wake