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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifies during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Mnuchin and Powell back jobless aid and small business loans

Sep. 24, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the government’s top priorities in any new economic relief package should be to provide affordable loans to small businesses and further support for millions of Americans still...

Turkey hikes rates to support currency, fight inflation

Sep. 24, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Central Bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 2 percentage points on Thursday, its first hike in two years to fight inflation and support its falling currency. In a surprise move that helped boost the Turkish currency, the Monetary Policy Committee said it had...

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Powell faces lawmakers' skepticism on some Fed aid programs

Sep. 23, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday defended the Federal Reserve's efforts to support the economy during the pandemic-induced recession from assertions that its programs bungled aspects of its response. A House subcommittee released a staff analysis that found that a program in which the...

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook.
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares take breather after Wall Street gains

Sep. 23, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook. Stocks slipped Wednesday in Japan, Hong Kong and Seoul but rose in Sydney after the government reported retail sales fared better than expected. Overnight, the S&P 500...

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing about the government’s emergency aid to the economy in response to the coronavirus on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)

Powell and Mnuchin voice optimism but back more economic aid

Sep. 22, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that the U.S. economy is rebounding from the pandemic-induced recession with federal support but that more help from the government is likely needed. Powell told the House...

People with bicycles pass an outdoor restaurant on a street in the Sodermalm neighbourhood of Stockholm, Thursday, August 20, 2020. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP)

Swedish central bank sees key interest rate at 0 for years

Sep. 22, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s central bank on Tuesday kept its main interest rate at zero and said it expects it to remain “at this level in the coming years” due to the economic uncertainty created by the virus pandemic. Riksbanken said its policies and low interest rate had supported the...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The Federal Reserve adjusted its inflation target to seek price increases above 2% annually, a move that will likely keep interest rates low for years to come.  The Fed on Wednesday, Sept. 16,  also left its benchmark short-term rate unchanged at nearly zero, where it has been since the pandemic intensified in March.  (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Powell: Many small companies can borrow without Main Street

Sep. 21, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says that many mid-size U.S. businesses are now able to borrow from banks, suggesting that the need for a Fed lending program that was designed to serve struggling medium-size companies has waned. In remarks prepared for delivery Tuesday to the House...

European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde attends a news conference during the Informal Meeting of Economics and Finance Ministers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

Central bank head: Europe's recovery uncertain, incomplete

Sep. 21, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank says that the economy is rebounding but that the recovery remains uncertain, incomplete and dependent on containing the virus outbreak. ECB President Christine Lagarde told a joint meeting of parliamentary deputies from France and Germany on...

FILE - Marble sculptures occupy the pediment above the New York Stock Exchange signage, Tuesday Aug. 25, 2020, in New York.  Stocks are drifting in mixed trading on Wall Street Friday, Sept. 18, as another zig-zag week for markets closes out following their abrupt loss of momentum this month.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

US stocks fall as market decline extends for third week

Sep. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

Wall Street capped another turbulent week of trading Friday with a broad slide in stocks that left the S&P 500 with its third-straight weekly loss. The S&P 500 fell 1.1%, led once again by a sell-off in technology companies, with Apple, Amazon and Alphabet weighing particularly on the market. Technology...

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Sep. 18, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Friday, as another zig-zag week for markets ends with a third-straight weekly loss for the S&P 500. Technology companies, including Apple, Amazon and Alphabet, weighed particularly heavy on the market decline. Stocks have swirled this week despite the Federal Reserve...