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.
June 7, 2012 When the leaders of the Fed meet later this month, will they take any new steps to try to boost the economy and bring down unemployment?
A word cloud of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony to the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
June 7, 2012 The Federal Reserve chairman sees reasons for growth to continue. But he warns that automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the so-called Bush tax cuts threaten to derail the recovery.
June 7, 2012 The Federal Reserve chairman talks about the outlook for the economy this morning. Investors will listen closely for clues to the Fed's plans.
June 6, 2012 According to reports collected by the central bank, the economic outlook remains "positive." That's more upbeat than the kinds of things many economists have been saying in recent days.
Job seekers lined up at a jobs fair in Portland, Ore., earlier this year.
June 6, 2012 Policymakers at the central bank aren't convinced that things have gotten significantly worse recently.
Future central bankers of Ridgefield High
May 11, 2012 At the High School Fed Challenge, students compete to see who does the best impression of a central banker.
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