April 20, 2012 Should we kill the dollar bill? On today's show we go deep into the nature of money itself, and we find a clear answer to this question.
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March 13, 2012 The decision was widely expected. Stocks, which had been on the rise before the news, remain higher.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during his congressional testimony today.
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February 29, 2012 Five years ago on the last day of February, he told Congress the economy's fundamentals were strong. On this last day of February 2012, he predicted that inflation will remain in check.
January 11, 2012 The language in the central bank's "beige book" look at the economy has gotten more upbeat. It sees "modest to moderate" growth.
December 13, 2011 Policymakers expect unemployment will continue to gradually decline and that inflation will remain in check.
November 30, 2011 By adding "liquidity" to the world's markets, the central banks aim to keep credit flowing.
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November 16, 2011 Though the economy faces many problems, the news about manufacturing adds to a string of reports that signal at least modest growth ahead.
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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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on Thursday.
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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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