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Bonds Pay Less Than Zero As Investors Flee To Safety

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Toyota cars for sale are parked at a dealership in Danvers, Mass. Federal Reserve policymakers left rates unchanged Wednesday, which should keep down the costs of car loans and other borrowing. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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An employee prepares to install the hood on a vehicle at a General Motors plant in Arlington, Texas. Federal Reserve policymakers say recent indicators point to a strengthening labor market. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference after the central bank announced its first rate increase in more than 9 years. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Will A Fed Interest Rate Hike Slow The Housing Recovery?

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April Thompson makes a purchase at Legacy Team Sales in Ocala, Fla., in September. Economists say October's surprisingly strong job growth will encourage the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates next month. So holiday shoppers may pay more for using credit cards. Doug Engle/Ocala Star-Banner/Landov hide caption

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A police officer keeps watch outside the Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C., where policymakers weighed whether to boost interest rates. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, speaking at a news conference in Washington on Thursday, said the U.S. economy has been performing well but the global outlook is more uncertain. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking Committee in July. This week, Yellen and other policymakers are weighing the Fed's first rate increase in nine years. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and other policymakers will meet in Washington, D.C., this week to weigh a possible increase in interest rates. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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August Jobless Data To Influence Fed's Decision On Hiking Interest Rates

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Jobs Numbers Suggest A Healthy Economy — And May Let Fed Nudge Rates Up

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A Chinese worker is seen at a construction site in Beijing. Economic changes in China and in other places have reduced demand and prices for commodities like the metal in the building's structure. AP hide caption

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Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said consumers generally haven't been using the savings from lower gasoline prices to spend on other things. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Earlier this year, the European Central Bank, headed by Mario Draghi, launched a bond-buying program to drive down interest rates and boost borrowing. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

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