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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen answers a reporter's question during a news conference about the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Washington. The Federal Reserve is raising a key interest rate for the first time in a year, reflecting a resilient U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation. The move will mean modestly higher rates on some loans. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Fed raises key interest rate and foresees 3 hikes in 2017

The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a strengthening U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three more rate hikes in 2017.

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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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Fed keeps key interest rate steady but sees fewer risks

The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged Wednesday but sounded a positive note: Near-term risks to the economy, the Fed said, have diminished.

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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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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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Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Friday, June 3, 2016. Brainard signaled that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after a bleak U.S. jobs report was released earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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In advance of Yellen speech, Brainard urges caution on rates

In a possible preview of a speech Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will give Monday, a close ally said Friday that the Fed should be in no hurry to raise interest rates, especially after a bleak U.S. jobs report.

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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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Fed survey finds modest growth in many regions

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy grew at a modest pace in much of the country from April to mid-May, despite headwinds ranging from slower consumer spending to ongoing weakness in the manufacturing and the energy sectors.

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Job fair (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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US economy showing signs of life after slow start to year

The U.S. economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Federal Reserve releases minutes from its April 26-27 meeting, when it kept a key interest rate unchanged amid slowdown in U.S. and global growth. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Fed’s surprise message: June hike likely if economy improves

Catching many investors off guard, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that an interest rate hike in June is likely if the economy keeps improving.

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WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 16: Flags fly over the Federal Reserve Building on December 16, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The Fed began its last meeting of 2008 today, where it is expected to announced another reduction in the key interest rate, amongst other measures meant to stimulate the economy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Flags fly over the Federal Reserve Building on December 16, 2008 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Fed Vice Chair sees hints of too-low inflation moving up

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Monday that inflation in the U.S. may be starting to tick up from too-low levels, a key condition for further interest rate hikes.

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