What, me worry?
January 30, 2013 A snake-eating-its-tail thing happens when you think certain thoughts about money and the Federal Reserve.
Warm around the ears.
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December 12, 2012 The leaders of the Federal Reserve just did something that sounds boring but is actually a big deal: They promised to keep interest rates super low until the unemployment rate comes way down.
The Federal Reserve's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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December 12, 2012 The central bank's policymakers also said they expect their policies aimed at stimulating growth will remain in effect until the jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent, from the current 7.7 percent.
Shoppers at a Target store in Westbury, N.Y., last week. Consumer spending drives the economy. And the holiday shopping season is crucial for retailers.
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November 28, 2012 The central bank says conditions continued to improve, though not dramatically, in recent weeks. The report adds to other evidence that the economy is moving along fast enough to keep unemployment from rising, but not fast enough to bring the jobless rate down sharply.
October 25, 2012 Germany's central bank needs to prove that its massive gold reserve actually exists. This is not quite as random as it sounds.
October 16, 2012 The government is printing 7.8 billion pieces of paper money, valued at $472.9 billion. Here's how that breaks down by denomination. Also: a special bonus graphic showing the lifespan of money.
September 25, 2012 Ben Bernanke needs to convince consumers that they can trust the economy again, that now really is the time to jump back into the stock market or buy that bigger house.
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September 13, 2012 What people think is going to happen to the economy has a huge influence over what actually happens. The Fed knows this, and is trying to take advantage of it.
Give us a sign.
September 13, 2012 The Fed has the power to create money. But it has another, critical power: The power of words.
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke talks to educators Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. At their most recent meeting, many Fed members backed action to boost the economy.
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August 22, 2012 Many Federal Reserve members said there would have to be action fairly soon if the economy didn't pick up, according to the minutes of their most recent meeting. Separately, the CBO warned of a recession if the economy goes off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of year.
August 1, 2012 While acknowledging that the economy has slowed further, the central bank still expects growth to continue.
August 1, 2012 Unemployment falls a little, then it stalls. It goes down a little more, then it stalls again. The Fed could announce new measures to bring down unemployment as soon as today.
July 17, 2012 Though the central bank expects "moderate" economic growth in coming quarters, Bernanke offers a sober assessment of current conditions. But there is brighter news: Home builders say they're growing more confident about the housing sector's recovery.
June 21, 2012 "Anna did all of the work, and I got most of the recognition," the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said.
June 20, 2012 The Fed will continue to push down long-term interest rates. But that only helps people who can get a loan.
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