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?
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.
June 6, 2012 Policymakers at the central bank aren't convinced that things have gotten significantly worse recently.
March 13, 2012 The decision was widely expected. Stocks, which had been on the rise before the news, remain higher.
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.
December 13, 2011 Policymakers expect unemployment will continue to gradually decline and that inflation will remain in check.
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?