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Fed’s Bullard says stock market’s optimism has been proven right, so far

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Tuesday said the stock market’s optimism has been validated by the economic data.

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Brainard, eyeing weak recovery, says new policy tools may be needed

Fed Governor Lael Brainard says the recovery from the pandemic may be weak and the central bank might have to use a new policy tool - known as yield curve control - to help bolster economic growth..

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Williams says shift away from scandal-plagued, interest-rate benchmark in 2 years remains on track despite coronavirus

New York Fed President John Williams emphasizes that officials will follow through with plans to discontinue a embattled benchmark for rates in financial markets at the start of 2022, despite all of the focus by financial ...

by Greg Robb
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Controversial Trump Fed nominee Shelton may move forward as Senate panel sets vote

Judy Shelton’s nomination to the Federal Reserve, which had stalled since February, got fresh life on Friday when the Senate Banking Committee announced it would hold a vote on sending her name to the full Senate.

by Greg Robb
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Federal Reserve leaders see ‘bumpier’ recovery, slower decline in unemployment

Senior Federal Reserve leaders say high unemployment is all but certain to persist until a treatment for the coronavirus is found and that the central bank might have to take more steps to help the labor market.

by Jeffry Bartash

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Most Fed officials at June meeting agreed on need to clarify what could cause them to move interest rates off zero

Most Federal Reserve officials said at their meeting last month that they wanted the central bank to be more explicit about how long interest rates will stay close to zero.

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Williams warns that U.S. economy far from healthy even if worst of the coronavirus outbreak is over

New York Fed President John Williams said Tuesday there are early signs the worst is over for the economy but that it ‘is still far from healthy.’

by Greg Robb
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Fed caps bank dividend payments and suspends share-buybacks for third quarter after stress tests

The Federal Reserve on Thursday voted to cap bank dividend payments to an income formulation and forbid share-buybacks as a study showed firms would take a big hit under some downside scenarios related to the coronavirus p...

by Greg Robb
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Dallas Fed’s Kaplan bemoans lack of mask wearing in Texas and elsewhere

Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan said Thursday that basic healthcare steps like wearing a mask are as important as government rescue funds in helping the economy recover from the coronavirus and the U.S. is falling short.

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Evans says low inflation may require more monetary easing

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Wednesday was downbeat about the economic outlook, saying ‘a broad economic recovery will take some time.’

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Bullard doesn’t see signs a damaging asset bubble is forming

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Tuesday said he doesn’t see a risky asset bubble forming in the wake of the Fed’s efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Clarida says he doesn’t see any asset bubbles resulting from recent policy response to pandemic

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said Friday he doesn’t see any unintended asset bubbles forming as a result of the Fed ‘s response to the coronavirus.

by Greg Robb
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Banks to wait until market close on June 29 to talk about impact of Fed stress tests on their capital plans

Banks have been asked to wait until after the U.S. market close on June 29 to talk publicly about their planned capital actions and stress capital buffer requirements that result from the Fed’s stress test, Fed Vice Chairm...

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Rosengren expects economic rebound this year ‘to be less than was hoped for’

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said Friday he was more pessimistic than many other U.S. central bankers and said he expected the economic rebound in the second half of the year ‘to less than was hoped for at the outse...

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Bullard says economy not out of the woods

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Thursday said the U.S. economy is not out of the woods despite some better-than-expected reports for retail sales and payrolls.

by Greg Robb
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Powell says economy is in ‘critical phase’ and pushes for more help

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will testify to Congress for the second straight day on Wednesday. Follow along with the MarketWatch live blog.

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Mester sees ‘long road back’ for economy

Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester on Wednesday said ‘very accommodative’ monetary policy will be needed to return the economy to full employment.

by Greg Robb
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Powell says economic activity far below pre-pandemic levels despite ‘modest rebound’ in some areas

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday noted that some areas of the economy are seeing a modest rebound, but said levels of output and employment remain far below their pre-pandemic levels.

by Greg Robb
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Powell says Fed is not an ‘elephant’ running through corporate bond market

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday testified on the economic outlook and monetary policy to the Senate Banking Committee.

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Daly defends $3 trillion in asset purchases, saying they helped broader sector of Americans than just financial markets

San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly on Monday defended the central bank’s purchase of $3 trillion in assets to ease financial market conditions, saying they’ve helped more Americans than just Wall Street

by Greg Robb