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Powell: 'Soft' economic landing may be out of Fed's control

May. 24, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, fresh off winning Senate confirmation for a second term earlier in the day, acknowledged for the first time Thursday that high inflation and economic weakness overseas could thwart his efforts to avoid causing a recession. For...

For Americans, 2021 delivered healthiest finances in 8 years

May. 23, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' financial health reached its highest level in nearly a decade last year, the Federal Reserve said Monday, spurred by a strong job market and government support payments. Almost eight in 10 adults said last fall that they were either “doing okay or...

Consumers defy inflation to support economy. For how long?

May. 22, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With prices across the economy — from food, gas and rent to cars, airfares and hotel rooms — soaring at their fastest pace in decades, you might think Americans would tap the brakes on spending. Not so far. Consumers as a whole are showing surprising...

Final-hour rally yanks Wall Street from maw of bear market

May. 20, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street rumbled to the edge of a bear market Friday after another drop for stocks briefly sent the S&P 500 more than 20% below its peak set early this year. The S&P 500 index, which sits at the heart of most workers’ 401(k) accounts, was down as much...

US stocks got close to a bear market. Here’s what that means

May. 20, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The bear came close to Wall Street but then backed off. The stock market’s slump this year briefly pulled the S&P 500 into what's known as a bear market Friday, before a late rally put the index in the green. The prevailing sentiment among investors remains...

Fed nominee Michael Barr calls inflation 'far too high'

May. 19, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to be the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator pledged Thursday to help reduce high inflation and provide “clear rules” to govern financial innovation. “I strongly believe that inflation is far too high today and I’m...

Biden's burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to US woes

May. 18, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden embarks for Asia on Thursday, he's facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic shutting down Chinese cities and factories. The world economy...

Asia stocks mixed after Wall St gain, Powell warns on rates

May. 17, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street rose and the Federal Reserve's chairman said it will raise interest rates further if needed to cool inflation. Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Tokyo and Seoul advanced. Oil prices rose to stay above $110 per...

Powell: Fed to keep hiking rates until it controls inflation

May. 17, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday underscored the Federal Reserve's determination to keep raising interest rates until there is clear evidence inflation is steadily falling — a high-stakes effort that carries the risk of causing an eventual recession. The Fed's...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 17, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 15 The Washington Post says that, with midterms coming up, Democrats must act now to have a big impact on financial regulation President Biden likes to tout his role as “Sheriff...