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Finance officials pledge to combat global economic slowdown

Oct. 19, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials wrapped up their fall meetings on Saturday with a pledge to "employ all appropriate tools" to combat the weakest global growth in a decade, but there was little evidence of progress in easing trade tensions, a major source of the slowdown. The policy-setting...

Fed plans more Treasury purchases to control lending rates

Oct. 11, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Friday that it will buy short-term Treasury bills each month until the second quarter of 2020 to inject cash into the banking system and make it easier to control its benchmark lending rate. The action marks the Fed's latest response to a shortage of cash reserves...

Fed officials were sharply divided over September rate cut

Oct. 9, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were sharply divided last month when they decided to cut their key policy rate for a second time this year, a split that indicates the path forward for future rate cuts remains cloudy. Minutes of the discussion at the September meeting released Wednesday showed...

Facebook CEO to appear before Congress on currency plan

Oct. 9, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress this month as the tech giant is under pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its massive market power and record of privacy breaches. Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who heads the House Financial Services Committee,...

Powell faces key question: What's wrong with low inflation?

Oct. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When out shopping, most Americans like lower prices. But the Federal Reserve sees things a little differently. On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell instead said that low inflation can create problems for the U.S. economy, calling it one of the "longer-term challenges" facing the...

Federal regulatory agencies OK changes to 'Volcker rule'

Oct. 8, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve and four other regulatory agencies announced final approval Tuesday to changes in the "Volcker rule" passed after the 2008 financial meltdown to crack down on trading excesses that contributed to the crisis. The changes were supported by the banking industry, which...

Powell sees cooler US hiring in possible hint of rate cuts

Oct. 8, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that U.S. job growth since early last year was not as robust as thought, a hint that the Fed may be ready to keep cutting interest rates to support the economy. Powell also said the Fed will soon announce plans to buy Treasurys, likely...

Fed's odd dilemma: Low unemployment but pressure to do more

Oct. 8, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the nation's unemployment rate at its lowest point since human beings first walked on the moon, you might expect the Federal Reserve to be raising interest rates to keep the economy from overheating and igniting inflation. That's what the rules of economics would suggest. Yet the Fed...

Chairman: Federal reserve must avoid political pressures

Oct. 7, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Monday stressed the importance of an independent central bank "absolutely free" from politics in the wake of increasing pressure from President Donald Trump urging the central bank to lower interest rates. Powell spoke to a crowd of hundreds...

Business economists foresee slowdown in US growth

Oct. 7, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's business economists think President Donald Trump's trade war with China will contribute to a sharp slowdown in economic growth this year and next, raising concerns about a possible recession starting late next year. The latest survey by a panel of 51 forecasters with the...