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Fed proposes big banks hold more cash, assets

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve on Thursday proposed that big banks keep enough cash, government bonds and other high-quality assets on hand to survive during a severe downturn on par with the 2008 financial crisis. The proposal subjects U.S. banks ...

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Fed concerned about early trading after meeting

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is concerned about suspiciously heavy trading of gold futures after its meeting last week that may have been triggered by a premature release of market-sensitive information. In a statement, the central bank said Tuesday that ...

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Fed surprise: No pullback in bond purchases

WASHINGTON — In a surprise, the Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy because its outlook for growth has dimmed in the past three months. The Fed said it will continue to buy $85 billion ...

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Weighing Yellen vs. Summers for Fed chief

WASHINGTON — Lawrence Summers is the White House insider with a direct line to President Barack Obama. Janet Yellen is the Federal Reserve veteran with a long list of congressional patrons. The two Ivy League-trained economists have emerged as leading ...

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Fed seems on track to slow bond buys

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appears on track to slow its bond purchases by the end of this year if the economy continues to improve. But it remains divided over the exact timing of the move. That’s the message from ...

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Fed downgrades US economic growth

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is growing only modestly, a downgrade from its June assessment. The Fed expects growth will pick up in the second half of the year, but the more cautious message ...

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Bernanke: Fed stimulus tied to economy’s health

WASHINGTON — Ben Bernanke says the Federal Reserve’s efforts to boost the U.S. economy remain tied to the job market’s health and inflation, delivering what could be his final semiannual economic report to Congress. The Fed chairman is appearing before ...

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Bernanke: Timetable for bond purchases not preset

WASHINGTON — Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the Federal Reserve’s timetable for reducing its bond purchases is not on a “preset course” and the Fed could increase or decrease the amount based on how the economy performs. Bernanke ...

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World looks to Bernanke to clarify stimulus plans

WASHINGTON — Is the era of ultra-low interest rates nearing an end? When he takes questions this week after a Federal Reserve meeting, Chairman Ben Bernanke will confront investors’ fears that rates are headed higher. Financial markets have been gyrating ...

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Bernanke continues support for low rates

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s low interest-rate policies are giving key support to an economy still burdened by high unemployment, Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Tuesday. Bernanke signaled that the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing costs low will continue. ...

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Fed concerned about bond purchases

WASHINGTON — Several Federal Reserve policymakers were concerned last month about the risks of the Fed’s efforts to boost the U.S. economy by keeping borrowing costs low for the foreseeable future. Minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 29-30 policy meeting released ...

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