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The Fed Just Can't Stop Hiring Former Goldman Sachs Bankers

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

The Federal Reserve is in a bit of a rut -- it keeps hiring former Goldman Sachs executives. On Tuesday, the Minneapolis Fed named Neel Kashkari as i...

Solid Jobs Report Will Likely Lead the Fed to Raise Next Month... But What About After That?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The nation's employers added 271,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate ticked down slightly to 5 percent in a solid report on labor market conditions. Wages grew 2.5 percent over the past year, their strongest yearly performance since the recession officially ended in June 2009.

What You Need to Know About the October Jobs Report

Chad Stone | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Chad Stone

No one knows how tomorrow's October jobs report will affect Federal Reserve policymakers' views about whether to start raising interest rates in December. But here are some things to consider in assessing whether the job market is making the "continued progress toward maximum employment" that the Fed wants to see.

Black Unemployment Is Too High. Here's How The Fed Can Change That.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.01.2015 | Business

Progressives often argue that Federal Reserve policies that prioritize full employment can especially benefit African-Americans. As economic growth l...

Bernanke: More Execs Should Have Faced Prosecution For 2008 Financial Crisis

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that more corporate exec...

Senior Democrat Has A New Plan To Trim Unemployment

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

The Federal Reserve may not have raised its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, but advocates of full employment still worry it could do so before t...

Janet Yellen Explains How The Fed Reduces Income Inequality

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business

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Fed Keeps Interest Rate Steady, Giving Leeway To Job Market

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

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Rate Hike Opponents Overwhelm The Fed's Phone System

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

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Mixed Signals to the Fed

MoneyTips | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business

Jobs reports are often highly anticipated by investors, but the August jobs report held even greater significance than usual. Investors hoped for a clear signal that the Federal Reserve would be expected either to raise rates during their September meeting or put off a rate hike until at least December.

Steady Job Growth Is Still Not Boosting Workers' Pay, New Numbers Show

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business

The July jobs report released Friday morning show the economy producing jobs at a steady pace. While the gains increase the likelihood that the ...

Week to Week News Quiz for 7/31/15

John Zipperer | Posted 07.31.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

While you count the money your super PAC raked in this quarter, take our latest Week to Week news quiz to see how the other half lives. Here are som...

Daniel Marans

Economists Beg Fed Not To Wreck The Economy | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

The Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates in June prompted a a sigh of relief on Wall Street Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to wi...

Daniel Marans

Progressives Do Not Take The Fed Seriously. Meet The People Trying To Change That | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

Progressive activists have no shortage of ambitious economic policy goals. They include the $15 minimum wage, Social Security expansion, Medicare for ...

Over 100 Staffers At The Fed Make More Than Janet Yellen

Reuters | Michael Flaherty | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The top 113 earners among staff at the Federal Reserve's Washington headquarters make an average of $246,506 per year...

Too Clever by Half

Daniel P. Collins | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Daniel P. Collins

It is one thing to read the 'so-called' Fed tea leave and another to be so tied to your point-of-view that you ignore the writing in front of you, and instead attempt to read between the lines.

The Dow May Be Above 17,000, But Not For Long

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

The rise in the stock market has been relentless. We are living through the greatest macroeconomic experiment in the history of the U.S. Never was so much printed and spent by so few. And I continue to believe that the Dow will see 5,000 before it sees 20,000.

Frustration in Brazilia, Mumbai and Even Ankara Is Palpable

Joao Gomes | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Joao Gomes

The U.S. economy and its financial markets continue to plow ahead, ostensibly immune to any effects of monetary tapering. Instead, the financial gods seem to be directing their fury towards emerging markets.

A Different Chair

Joao Gomes | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Joao Gomes

Three aspects in particular strike me as liable to become important in the coming years. First, while much of Bernanke's personal interest and expertise was on financial markets and monetary policy, Yellen's own focus has always been more on understanding labor markets frictions and outcomes.

Zach Carter

Key Republican Rips Income Inequality, Calls For New Stimulus | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair sharply criticized Congress for failing to approve economic stimulus measures, saying elected lawmakers wh...

Shahien Nasiripour

Wall Street May Win As Federal Reserve Prepares To Punt On Physical Commodities | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Big banks are poised to reap a significant victory in their fight to maintain lucrative businesses hoarding, selling and trading physical commodities ...

A VERY Prosperous New Year!

Terry Savage | Posted 03.05.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

There was plenty of gloomy economic news throughout the year. Yet, despite all those economic issues, the stock market ended the year at record highs, with the Dow up 25 percent and the S&P 500 up nearly 30 percent.

Are Stocks Too Expensive? Who Cares?

Neal Frankle | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Neal Frankle

Why does the government want to keep rates in the basement? They want to get business to unleash their stash of cash (currently over $1 trillion) and create more jobs. By many accounts, that action is working.

Ten-Year Note Trades Near 6 Percent; If Taper Is for Real

Michael Pento | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Michael Pento

It is not accurate to then assume that rates will just gradually rise back to where they were before all three conditions were in place. Here's why.

Inflation, the Fed, Jobs, and Growth

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I keep running into people who want to talk about this idea that faster inflation would help the economy pull out of its growth slog.