Monetary policy

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 31, 2019 - 5:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter the impact of President Donald Trump's trade wars, stubbornly low inflation and global weakness. It left open the possibility of future rate cuts, but perhaps not as many as...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell walks to the podium during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 31, 2019 - 2:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump's trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook. The Fed also repeated a pledge to "act...
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A couple embrace in the crowded Rastro street market in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)
July 31, 2019 - 6:46 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation and growth have sagged in the eurozone, official figures showed Wednesday, bolstering the case for the European Central Bank to inject another dose of monetary stimulus into the 19-country currency bloc at its September meeting. The European Union's statistics...
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A man pases by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as investors looked cautiously ahead to a key policy update from the U.S. Federal Reserve later in the day. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
July 31, 2019 - 1:49 am
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as investors looked cautiously ahead to a key policy update from the U.S. Federal Reserve later in the day. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 1.0% to 21,490.57 in early trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.3% to 6,823.70. South Korea's...
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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Tuesday as envoys from the U.S. and China prepared to resume trade talks, this time in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
July 30, 2019 - 4:44 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed Tuesday as investors awaited an expected interest rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve and watched for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China. Germany's DAX lost 0.7% to 12,322.92 and the CAC 40 in France gave up 0.4% to 5,577.45. Britain's FTSE...
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An investor walks in front of stock trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July 29, 2019. Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors watched for developments in the trade conflict between the U.S. and China, with talks set to continue this week. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
July 28, 2019 - 11:35 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors watched for developments in the trade conflict between the U.S. and China, with talks set to continue this week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged down 0.3% in early trading to 21,584.96. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.2% to 6,...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks about a bill to cancel student loan debt, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 26, 2019 - 2:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren became a household name thanks to her prescient warning of what became a global financial crisis. Now she's staking her credentials on another forecast of fiscal trauma ahead. But even economists who like her prescription are skeptical about her diagnosis. The...
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In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019 photo, the container ship Seaboard Atlantic is shown docked at PortMiami in Miami. The government says the U.S. economy grew more slowly in 2018 than it previously estimated, downgrading its estimate from 3% to 2.5%. President Donald Trump had frequently boasted of the 3% growth figure as evidence that his policies invigorated the economy. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
July 26, 2019 - 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the April-June quarter even as consumers stepped up their spending. The gross domestic product, the economy's total output of goods and services, grew at a 2.1% annual rate last quarter, down from a 3.1% gain in the first quarter, the Commerce...
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In this Friday, July 19, 2019 photo, a For Sale sign is posted in front of a home in Miami. On Thursday, July 25, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
July 25, 2019 - 1:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, edging toward three-year lows amid signals from Federal Reserve officials that they could cut their benchmark interest rate at their meeting next week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the key 30-year...
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President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi comes to a press conference following a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
July 25, 2019 - 10:32 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank joined the U.S Federal Reserve in making clear that more stimulus could be coming soon to support an economy weakening in the face of global trade tensions. The ECB left its key interest benchmarks unchanged at a policy meeting Thursday but said...
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