October 19, 2011 Some see a sign in the central bank's language of slightly better growth. But have its words changed that much?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.
October 4, 2011 Cautious consumers, the housing sector's lingering problems and the drag from the government sector are combining to slow an already weak economy even further, the central bank chairman says.
September 27, 2011 For today's show, we collected four Planet Money radio stories that never made it to the podcast.
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September 22, 2011 Stocks around the world fell sharply Thursday. Analysts said the Fed's "Operation Twist" was actually a signal that the central bank is still worried about the prospects for a recovery.
August 26, 2011 On Wall Street, stocks fell at first on word that the Fed isn't likely to take any new steps to boost the economy. They later recovered.
August 26, 2011 Though nervous investors are waiting anxiously to hear what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has to say later this morning, he isn't expected to signal any shifts in policy.
July 15, 2011 It's the third month in a row that production has either been flat or has declined. Supply disruptions after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan get part of the blame.
Not afraid to say no.
July 1, 2011 Thomas Hoenig thinks the Fed is repeating mistakes of the past, keeping interest rates too low for too long. That risks creating another bubble, and another crash, he says.
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June 8, 2011 "Some slowing in the pace of growth was noted in the New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago districts," the Fed says, while "Dallas characterized that region's economy as accelerating" and growth was "steady" elsewhere.
March 31, 2011 Federal Reserve releases information on banks that got emergency loans during 2008 financial crisis
March 21, 2011 It will now have to give details about which financial institutions got emergency help.
March 15, 2011 And "conditions in the labor market appear to be improving gradually," central bank policymakers say. But they are silent on what, if any, effects the crisis in Japan may have on the global economy.
January 12, 2011 The central bank's latest "beige book" review of how things are going around the nation finds modest improvement in most places.
January 7, 2011 But the Fed chairman says economic growth is likely to remain too slow to significantly boost job growth -- and that the nation's unemployment rate will likely still be at 8 percent or above two years from now.
December 14, 2010 But while growth continues, it is "insufficient to bring down unemployment," the central bank's policymakers agree. So they'll keep interest rates low in a bid to boost growth.
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