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Political Economy Archive: Federal Reserve

Feb. unemployment report: just 'decent'?

At first glance, the numbers in the February unemployment report are spectacular. An estimated 192,000 jobs were added last month to nonfarm payrolls, compared with 63,000 in January, 152,000 in December and 93,000 in November. There are lots of reasons...

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | March 4, 2011; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, Manufacturing, U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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New studies show changes to credit cards after landmark law

One year after sweeping reforms of the credit card industry took effect, two new government surveys released Tuesday found that card issuers have largely stopped hiking interest rates on customers' existing balances, reduced penalty fees and all but eliminated overlimit...

By Ylan Mui  | February 22, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Reserve, Regulation  
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What's on Bernanke's mind? A 'word cloud' analysis of the Fed chairman's recent speeches

Ben S. Bernanke is known for being cautious with his words. Unlike his predecessor Alan Greenspan--whose positive statements and insinuation of pessimism about interest rates or the economy regularly moved markets--Bernanke's public remarks have often been harder to read. In 2010, Bernanke gave 26 speeches and each event was scrutinized by everyone from Wall Street CEOs to pensioners for any indication of a change in policy. Here's a graphical representation of what was on Bernanke's mind at a particular time. These "word clouds" for the Fed chair's five most recent public appearances give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in his speeches.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 18, 2011; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Federal Reserve  
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Fed raises projection on economic growth to 3.9% in 2011

Federal Reserve policymakers expect the U.S. economy to grow as much as 3.9% this year, slightly higher than earlier projections, according to minutes of the central bank's last policy meeting.

By Jia Lynn Yang  | February 16, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Federal Reserve  
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Federal Reserve board member: U.S. investigation into mortgage servicing has found 'widespread weakness'

The preliminary results of a multi-agency federal review of the mortgage industry has found "widespread weaknesses" that impair the function of the housing market and hurt consumers, according to Federal Reserve board of governors member Sarah Bloom Raskin. "We have reached the point where this sign of failure is hindering our economy's ability to rebound," Bloom Raskin said in remarks prepared for delivery to mortgage finance executives at a conference in Utah Friday evening.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 11, 2011; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, Housing  
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Key study on implementing Volcker Rule released

The nation's most powerful financial regulators published a new blueprint Tuesday for how they will aim to keep banks from engaging in risky, speculative activity.

By Neil Irwin  | January 18, 2011; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Federal Reserve, Financial Stability Oversight Council, Regulation, U.S. Treasury  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Fed lowers economic expectations for 2011, Neil Irwin , November 23, 2010
World reaction to Bernanke's plan mixed, Ariana Eunjung Cha , November 4, 2010
What the Fed's action means for your finances, Neil Irwin , November 3, 2010
Five questions for the Fed on the eve of QE2, Neil Irwin , November 2, 2010
No love for Bernanke in Germany or Wall Street, Ariana Eunjung Cha , October 28, 2010
Bernanke on unemployment and structural change, Washington Post staff , October 15, 2010
More Fed action: How would it work?, Neil , September 28, 2010
The understaffed Fed: What it really means, Neil Irwin , September 17, 2010
Industrial growth slowed in August, Anne Bartlett , September 15, 2010
Week ahead: New details on trade, Neil Irwin , September 7, 2010
Bernanke: U.S. regulators fell short before financial crisis, Ariana Eunjung Cha , September 2, 2010
Exiting Romer to call for more spending, Lori Montgomery , September 1, 2010
Jobless claims fall, but not enough, Ariana Eunjung Cha , August 26, 2010
Has the Fed entered a new policy regime?, Neil Irwin , August 11, 2010
FOMC Preview: What to look for, Neil Irwin , August 9, 2010
Week ahead: Federal Reserve committee meets, Sonja Ryst , August 9, 2010
Bernanke: U.S. has long way to go on economic recovery, Ariana Eunjung Cha , August 2, 2010
New top regulator for Wall Street banks , Neil Irwin , July 23, 2010
Why Wall Street doesn't understand the Fed, Neil Irwin , July 20, 2010
Question time for Mr. Bernanke, Neil Irwin , July 20, 2010
What questions would you ask of Fed nominees?, Ariana Eunjung Cha , July 15, 2010
Fed leaders: Economic recovery slower than expected, Ariana Eunjung Cha , July 14, 2010
 
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