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?
September 22, 2011 Stocks around the world fell sharply Thursday. By midday, the Dow was down about 400 points. Analysts said the Fed's "Operation Twist" was actually a signal that the central bank is still extremely worried about the prospects for 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.
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.