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Lael Brainard. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Lael Brainard. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Fed’s Brainard: Move cautiously before hiking interest rates

Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard indicated Monday that she's in no hurry to raise interest rates again, comments that were greeted with relief on Wall Street.

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Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Yellen suggests rate hike is coming but offers no timetable

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she stopped short of offering any timetable.

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U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Yellen, in speech Friday, could send signal about next hike

The job market is humming, and so are the U.S. financial markets, with major stock indexes near record highs.

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U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Fed minutes: Conditions could ‘soon warrant’ a rate hike

Federal Reserve officials believed last month that near-term risks to the U.S. economy had subsided and that an interest rate increase could soon be warranted. But they did not indicate when they would likely raise rates.

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The price of gold and the Federal Reserve

Q. I hear the price of gold is expected to go higher. What do the Fed’s decisions mean for gold?

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen participates in a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department, April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. The JSOC approved a resolution calling for clear guidelines on the ability of mutual funds to hold illiquid assets. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen on April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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As Fed meets, no rate hike is expected until late this year

Anyone trying to peg the likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year has been subject to a topsy-turvy shift of expert opinion the past few months. And when the Fed holds its latest policy meeting this week, few think it will provide much more clarity.

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U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Fed gives OK to 30 banks to up dividends, buy back shares

The Federal Reserve has given the green light to major banks in the U.S. to raise dividends and buy back shares, judging them to have a sturdy enough financial foundation to withstand a major economic downturn.

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bank (KevinAlexanderGeorge, ThinkStock)
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Nation’s largest banks all pass Fed’s ‘stress tests’

The U.S.'s largest financial institutions have enough armor to withstand the turmoil of a major and prolonged U.S. and global recession, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

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Fed Chair Janet Yellen Holds News Conference On Interest Rates
Fed Chair Janet (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Yellen says uncertainties justify cautious approach

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a number of uncertainties that require the Fed to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates.

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Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Fed action on interest rates won’t matter to everyday Americans, NJ economist says

The Federal Reserve has decided that a cloudy economic picture means their key Federal Funds Rate will stay unchanged.

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