Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen listens to questions during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Delivering the Federal Reserve's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the House Committee, Yellen aired caution about global economic conditions.
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Plummeting energy prices have hit the junk bond market hard, making investors worry that weaker oil and gas companies won't be able to pay back money they've borrowed. Above, a customer pumps gasoline in Pembroke, Mass.
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.
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A shopper walks past a store with a "Help Wanted" sign last month in New York. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 9-cent rise in the average hourly earning rate for October.
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.
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.