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November US consumer prices up 0.3% on rising energy costs

Dec. 11, 2019 8:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy prices lifted U.S. overall consumer prices in November. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its consumer price index rose 0.3% last month after rising 0.4% in October. Energy prices, led by a 1.1% uptick in gasoline, rose 0.8% in November on top of a 2.7% jump in...

US Federal Reserve could signal no rate hike through 2020

Dec. 11, 2019 6:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is set to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday and will likely signal that it expects rates to remain low well into next year despite a robust job market. Many economists have said they think sluggish growth will even compel the Fed to cut rates at...

Europe's new central bank chief faces slow growth, dissent

Dec. 10, 2019 11:48 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mario Draghi took over as head of the European Central Bank eight years ago amid market speculation that the euro currency union might break up. Christine Lagarde succeeds him with more breathing room - but facing serious challenges from a weak economy, policy differences among...

Global stocks sink ahead of US tariff deadline

Dec. 10, 2019 8:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets around the world fell sharply Tuesday as nervous investors watched a rapidly approaching deadline for more U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. Markets also have their eyes on American and European interest rate decisions coming this week and the outcome of Britain's general...

Fed is likely to reinforce a message of continued low rates

Dec. 9, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected to send a clear message when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: Interest rates will likely stay ultra-low for the foreseeable future. Behind that message is a view that has gained support at the Fed as the U.S. economic expansion has entered a record...

Ex-Fed Chair Volcker dies, tamed inflation with recession

Dec. 9, 2019 12:49 PM EST

Paul Volcker, who as Federal Reserve chairman in the early 1980s elevated interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has died, according to his office. He was 92. Volcker took charge of the Fed in August 1979, when the U.S. economy was in the grip...

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker who fought runaway inflation in the 1980s has died.

Dec. 9, 2019 9:31 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker who fought runaway inflation in the 1980s has died.

Protests subside, but economic aftershocks rattle Haitians

Dec. 7, 2019 11:35 AM EST

Port-au-Prince (AP) — The flaming barricades are mostly gone, protesters have largely dissipated and traffic is once again clogging the streets of Haiti’s capital, but hundreds of thousands of people are now suffering deep economic aftershocks after more than two months of demonstrations. The...

How a central banker’s low-rate shift showed the way for Fed

Nov. 29, 2019 11:17 AM EST

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — In mid-2016, even with unemployment falling and the economy growing modestly, James Bullard, head of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, was concerned. Months earlier, with Bullard’s support, the Fed had raised rates for the first time in seven years. Panicky financial...

Eurozone unemployment’s falls to lowest rate since July 2008

Nov. 29, 2019 5:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone has fallen to its lowest rate since July 2008 even though growth is cooling in the face of headwinds like the U.S.-China trade war and uncertainty related to Britain’s departure from the European Union. The European Union’s statistics...