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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Asian markets are mixed after the U.S. benchmark S&P 500 set another record. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 sets fresh record high

Dec. 1, 2020 10:45 PM EST

Asian shares advanced Wednesday after Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones, as a broad rally pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs. Australia reported its economy expanded 3.3% in the July-September quarter as the country recovered from pandemic lockdowns. That lifted the...

FILE - In this Thursday Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The Fed on Wednesday, Nov. 25,  released minutes of its Nov. 4-5 meeting revealing that while officials believed that no changes were needed to the bond purchase program at that time, “they recognized that circumstances could shift to warrant such adjustments.”  (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP, file)

As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond purchases

Nov. 25, 2020 3:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At their meeting earlier this month, Federal Reserve officials discussed possible future adjustments to the central bank's monthly bond purchases to boost the economy. The Fed on Wednesday released minutes of its Nov. 4-5 meeting revealing that while officials believed that no changes...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Awaiting Yellen at Treasury: Yet another daunting crisis

Nov. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen is in line for another top economic policy job — just in time to confront yet another crisis. Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's apparent choice for treasury secretary, served on the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee during the 2008-2009 financial crisis that...

Turkish central bank hikes rates to support currency

Nov. 19, 2020 7:03 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, when it held its first meeting under its new chief, in a bid to tame inflation and to prop up the struggling currency. The bank said it was raising the one-week repo rate by 4.75 percentage points to 15%. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to the Federal Reserve is facing a razor-close vote in Congress. The Senate is voting Tuesday on the nomination of Judy Shelton to join the Federal Reserve's powerful board of governors. Shelton is an unusually caustic critic of the Fed and is opposed by three Republican senators. Expected absences from two other Republicans could block her from advancing in Tuesday’s vote.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Controversial Fed nominee Shelton stalls in Senate test vote

Nov. 18, 2020 12:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of Judy Shelton, President Donald Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve, is stalled in the Senate after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris returned to the chamber to cast a key vote in a tally Tuesday. Two key Republicans were absent because of COVID-related...

Senate likely to vote on controversial Fed pick next week

Nov. 12, 2020 4:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's unorthodox choice for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Judy Shelton, could be approved by the Senate next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said Thursday. The willingness of the Senate GOP leadership to bring Shelton's nomination to the floor...

People walk inside historical Covered Bazar, one of homes of exchange offices in Istanbul, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Turkey's currency tumbled further Friday, hitting another record low. The Turkish lira dropped to 7.3677 against the dollar before making a recovery. The lira is down about 19% versus the U.S. currency since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey replaces central bank head as lira sees record lows

Nov. 7, 2020 1:11 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday dismissed the head of the country’s central bank following a period of high inflation and record lows for the lira. Former Finance Minister Naci Agbal was brought in to replace Murat Uysal, according to a presidential decree...

Men wearing masks against the spread of the coronavirus stand near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose amid protracted vote-counting following this week's U.S. elections. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street election gains

Nov. 5, 2020 10:54 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose amid protracted vote-counting following this week's U.S. elections. Tokyo and Sydney advanced while Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Seoul swung between gains and losses. Markets are betting on control of the U.S. Congress being...

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington about the CARES Act and the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP)

Fed signals readiness to do more for economy as virus rages

Nov. 5, 2020 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low near zero Thursday and signaled its readiness to do more if needed to support an economy under threat from a worsening coronavirus pandemic. The Fed announced no new actions after its latest policy meeting but left the...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong,, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Asian shares have advanced after stocks rallied on Wall Street as investors embraced the upside of more gridlock in Washington, sending the S&P 500 index up 2.2%.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia tracks Wall St rally as markets shrug at election limbo

Nov. 4, 2020 10:55 PM EST

Asian shares advanced Thursday after stocks rallied on Wall Street as investors embraced the upside of more gridlock in Washington, sending the S&P 500 index up 2.2% while the outcome of the U.S. presidential election remained in limbo. Hong Kong's benchmark led the region, gaining 2.4%, while shares also...