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Fed leaves low rates alone and sees no moves in near future

Dec. 11, 2019 6:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Jerome Powell made clear Wednesday that the Federal Reserve is prepared to keep its benchmark interest rate very low through at least next year — and possibly longer. Fueling that expectation is the growing belief of Fed officials that inflation will remain tame even as...

US stocks notch modest gains as Fed leaves rates unchanged

Dec. 11, 2019 4:58 PM EST

Wall Street capped a wobbly day Wednesday with modest gains for stocks, snapping a two-day losing streak for the S&P 500. The market shook off a mixed start after the Federal Reserve announced it is would be leaving interest rates unchanged this month and signaled that it expects to leave them alone in 2020....

World shares mixed on reports Trump might delay tariff hike

Dec. 11, 2019 7:48 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global markets were mixed Wednesday following reports that President Donald Trump's advisers were preparing for a possible delay in a weekend tariff hike on Chinese goods. Investors also had their eyes on central bank meetings in Europe and the U.S. The German index in Frankfurt rose in...

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...

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...

Business economists see US slowing but avoiding recession

Dec. 9, 2019 9:47 AM EST

Washington (AP) — The nation’s business economists expect U.S. economic growth to decelerate this year and next but for the economy to avoid stumbling into recession, extending a record-breaking expansion already in its 11th year. The latest survey by 53 forecasters with the National Association for...

Japan economy marks 4th straight quarter of expansion

Dec. 8, 2019 11:55 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy expanded at a faster than earlier estimated annual rate of 1.8% in July-September, powered by stronger consumer purchases and corporate investment ahead of an Oct. 1 tax hike. However that tax increase is expected to hurt growth in coming months. The data issued Monday were a...

STORY REMOVED: AP-NABE Economic Outlook

Dec. 8, 2019 4:12 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about the United States' economic outlook because the report has an embargo of 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9. AP will resend the story when the embargo has lifted.

Q&A: Does a manufacturing slump threaten the US economy?

Dec. 7, 2019 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying fears and predictions, the U.S. economy is still shrugging off President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts. Employers added a sizzling 266,000 jobs in November, and unemployment matched a 50-year low of 3.5% — all while the Trump administration is waging a bruising...