John Ydstie John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve for NPR for nearly three decades.
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A shopper makes a purchase at the J.C. Penney store in North Riverside, Ill., Nov. 17. U.S. consumer spending grew in the fourth quarter at its fastest pace in three years. Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters hide caption

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Talks Ease Concerns Over Potential Trade War With China

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Trade War Could Damage U.S. Consumers More Than China

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate banking committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 1. This week, Powell presided over a Fed policy meeting for the first time since becoming chairman. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As New Chairman Steps Into Spotlight

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What The Trump Administration Means When It Says Countries 'Cheat' On Trade

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What Steel Tariffs Would Mean For Consumers

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A worker cuts steel in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province. President Trump said Thursday that he plans to impose tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Plan To Impose Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum Raises Trade War Fears

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies Tuesday before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. "My personal outlook for the economy has strengthened since December," he said. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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New Fed Chief Sees Interest Rates Continuing To Rise As Economy Strengthens

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Economists Are Confident The Fed Will Keep Control Of Inflation

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News Brief: Government Funding Lapses, Market Volatility, Syria

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Trader Michael Milano (right) on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, a day when all the major U.S. stock indexes saw sharp drops. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Another Rout In The Stock Market, As Dow Drops More Than 1,000 Points

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen waits for a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 29, 2017. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Focus On Unemployment, Yellen Led Fed Through Tough Balancing Act

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BlackRock CEO Says Companies Need To Do More Than Deliver Profits

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