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    Barron's on the Election and the Fed Barron's on the Election and the Fed 1:01
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5:34 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Frugality will continue to reign’: Eager to save hundreds of dollars, Americans flock to one type of product A new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trendsA new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trends.
1:23 p.m. March 25, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Real-estate agents are rethinking decades of advice on pools and how COVID-19 rewrote American shopping lists Thursday’s Personal Finance Stories Thursday’s Personal Finance StoriesThursday’s Personal Finance Stories.
12:20 p.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Your guide to the lingo on the Reddit forum fueling GameStop’s rise and over half of working mothers say their job performance has slipped during the pandemic Wednesday’s Personal Finance Stories Wednesday’s Personal Finance Stories Wednesday’s Personal Finance Stories
8:50 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Biden signs flurry of orders to tackle pandemic that has now cost more than 407,000 American lives Fauci addresses board of World Health Organization with promise that U.S. will join international response to crisisThe global case tally for the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 edged above 97 million on Thursday with the U.S. accounting for 24 million of those cases, as President Joe Biden wasted no time in implementing his plan to address a crisis that has caused the loss of more than 407,000 American lives.
2:30 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 - Barrons.com
What Near-Zero Interest Rates Mean for Your Investing StrategyThe Fed drastically cut interest rates in response to the economic fallout from the pandemic. Here's what that means for your investments.
10:53 a.m. Nov. 2, 2020 - Barrons.com
Barron's on the Election and the FedBarron's reporter Nicholas Jasinksi discusses Jerome Powell's tenure and outlines what to watch from the Fed following the election.
5:00 a.m. Nov. 2, 2020 - Barrons.com
Your Election 2020 PortfolioHere's how to manage your money regardless of the election's outcome: Skybridge's Anthony Scaramucci analyzes equities, Wells Fargo Securities discusses bonds, Union Bank hits retail and Barron's covers the Fed.
10:23 a.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - By MarketWatch
FOMC statement for September Fed plans to keep a key interest near zero until at least 2024The Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled it plans to keep a key U.S. short-term interest rate near zero at least through the end of 2023 to help the economy recover from the coronavirus.
6:17 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
The Fed has a new approach to inflation: What it means for your savings, credit-card debt — and your mortgage rate Low interest rates may be here to stay, but not for all financial productsLow interest rates may be here to stay, but not for all financial products.
4:01 p.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Economists, including 7 Nobel winners, urge Senate to reject Judy Shelton’s Fed nomination Economists and former Fed officials argue Trump nominee is unfit, too partisanMore than 100 economists, including at least seven Nobel winners, have signed an open letter urging the Senate to reject Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton, calling her views “extreme and ill-considered.”
6:28 a.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
To close the racial wealth gap, put more Blacks in the seats of power Financial regulatory agencies need diverse leadership to address the needs of allOnly a handful of Blacks have ever served in positions of leadership at financial regulatory agencies, which is one reason why Blacks continue to lag far behind in personal wealth.
12:49 p.m. July 28, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow slides 205 points, stocks end near session lows, as investors await coronavirus aid progress S&P 500’s top gainers are Norwegian Cruise Line, real estate investment trustsU.S. stocks indexes finished lower Tuesday, with losses mounting in the final hour of trade, as investors monitored talks between Republicans and Democrats on a second coronavirus aid package and a flood of second-quarter corporate results.
8:25 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed extends emergency loan programs for three months until end of 2020 So far, use of the programs has been scarceThe Federal Reserve Board of Tuesday extended seven emergency loan programs for three months until the end of the year.
5:36 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed extends several emergency lending programs to end of year from Sept. 30The Federal Reserve on Tuesday said its board of governors had decided to extend several emergency loan programs until the end of the year. The programs had been set to expire on Sept. 30. "The three-month extension will facilitate planning by potential facility participants and provide certainty that the facilities will continue to be available to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," the Fed said in a statement. Set up to keep credit flowing in the aftermath of the market disruption in March, many of the Fed programs haven't seen a lot of interest in recent weeks. Fed officials argued that this was a healthy sign that credit was available from other sources and that it was important that the lending programs were in place in case that financial conditions deteriorated again.
2:20 p.m. July 26, 2020 - By Greg Robb
This week we’ll learn the size of the hole the U.S. economy fell into when COVID-19 struck Economists expect an unprecedented 33% contraction in U.S. April-June GDPOn Thursday the government will report Q2 GDP and we’ll learn how much the economy contracted after COVID-19 arrived.
1:17 p.m. July 21, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
Get ready for another round of stimulus checks and why you might want to consider ditching your 401(k) plan Tuesday’s top personal finance stories Tuesday’s top personal finance stories Tuesday’s top personal finance stories
11:59 a.m. July 21, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Two-year Treasury yield lowest in more than two months as bond market looks past deal on EU fiscal stimulus package Investors had mostly priced in an EU deal on the recovery fundU.S. Treasury and European bond yields showed muted reaction on Tuesday to a deal on the European Union’s recovery fund, which will deploy billions of euros across its member sates to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus-driven downturn.
11:06 a.m. July 18, 2020 - Associated Press
No end in sight, Congress confronts new virus crisis rescue Lawmakers return Monday to Washington to try to pull the country back from the looming COVID-19 cliffIt stands as the biggest economic rescue in U.S. history, the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill swiftly approved by Congress in the spring. And it’s painfully clear now, as the pandemic worsens, it was only the start.
1:55 p.m. July 10, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Controversial Trump Fed nominee Shelton may move forward as Senate panel sets vote Republican skeptics had held up actionJudy 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.
12:28 p.m. July 10, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Stalled nomination of Judy Shelton for Fed gets new life as Senate Banking committee sets voteThe stalled nomination of Judy Shelton, President Donald Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve, got a potential boost Friday when the Senate Banking Committee announced a July 21 vote on her nomination. Shelton's bid has languished since her confirmation hearing in February amid talk she didn't have enough committee support. Shelton, who was an informal Trump adviser during his presidential campaign, has been a long-time advocate for some form of tying the dollar's value to gold. She faces unanimous opposition from Democrats and some Republicans were on the fence. The committee will also vote on a second Trump Fed nominee, Christopher Waller, the director of research at the St. Louis Fed. Waller is expected to be confirmed easily.
12:28 p.m. July 10, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Stalled nomination of Judy Shelton for Fed gets new life as Senate Banking committee sets voteThe stalled nomination of Judy Shelton, President Donald Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve, got a potential boost Friday when the Senate Banking Committee announced a July 21 vote on her nomination. Shelton's bid has languished since her confirmation hearing in February amid talk she didn't have enough committee support. Shelton, who was an informal Trump adviser during his presidential campaign, has been a long-time advocate for some form of tying the dollar's value to gold. She faces unanimous opposition from Democrats and some Republicans were on the fence. The committee will also vote on a second Trump Fed nominee, Christopher Waller, the director of research at the St. Louis Fed. Waller is expected to be confirmed easily.
5:49 a.m. July 10, 2020 - By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
A mostly white Federal Reserve can’t fix our diverse economic problems The Fed’s race problem undermines its leadership in a time of crisisThe Federal Reserve has a chronic white male problem that is going to make it harder for the institution to help lead the country at a historic moment of crisis that, by definition, requires a strong diversity of views.
11:02 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally climbs to 9.5 million and rising cases in U.S., Brazil and others show pandemic is far from over Macy’s to cut 3,900 jobs in latest cost reduction effort, and Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants posts better-than-expected salesThe global case tally for the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed to 9.5 million on Thursday, a day after the U.S. recorded its highest one-day peak since late April and cases continued to climb in Brazil, Mexico and other countries, in the latest sign that the pandemic is far from contained.
5:21 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
It’s ‘no fun’ to be a small fund manager most of the time, Jan van Eck says — but right now is an exception This CEO has some thoughts about the titans of the industry, including why they shouldn’t manage the Fed’s bond-buying programThe scion of a family firm founded on commodities mutual funds reflects on its rotation into exchange-traded funds, how to offer investors access to the asset class safely, and much more.
1:58 p.m. May 26, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Fed should lift caps to buy as much corporate bond ETFs as it wants, says BofA Fed has bought $1.8 billion through its corporate-debt facilities, so farThe Federal Reserve should remove ceilings on its purchases of corporate bond exchange-traded funds to deliver on market expectations that it would scoop up hundreds of billions worth of such debt to keep credit flowing to a broad spectrum of U.S. companies during the pandemic.
12:52 p.m. May 26, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Consumer confidence stabilizes in May after sharp plunge in prior month Conference Board index rises to 86.6 in May from 85.7 in AprilThe U.S. index of consumer confidence rose slightly in May to 86.6 from a revised 85.7 in the prior month, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.
4:41 a.m. May 16, 2020 - By Chris Matthews
Dow recovers to post modest gains despite dismal U.S retail sales data, tensions with China House of Representatives set to vote on another $3 trillion coronavirus fiscal stimulus bill Stocks close slightly higher Friday after investors weighed a steep plunge in retail sales against hopes of further fiscal stimulus to battle the COVID-19 epidemic.
5:58 a.m. May 15, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. industrial output collapses in April Output falls record 11.2% led by record decline in manufacturingIndustrial output fell a record 11.2% in April, as the COVID-19 pandemic led many factories to suspend operations, the Federal Reserve said Friday.
12:23 p.m. May 12, 2020 - By Chris Matthews
Dow books 450 point loss as stocks record biggest one-day slump since May 1 Nasdaq breaks six-day win streakU.S. stocks end sharply lower on Tuesday, erasing the previous day’s gains, as investors monitor tentative efforts to reopen the economy and weigh tensions between Washington and Beijing.
2:55 p.m. May 2, 2020 - By William Watts
Warren Buffett says Fed's Jerome Powell belongs on same 'pedestal' as Paul VolckerBerkshire Hathaway Chairman and Chief Executive Warren Buffett on Saturday had high praise for the Federal Reserve's handling of the market turmoil that accompanied the deepening of the coronavirus crisis in March, comparing Chairman Jerome Powell with the late Paul Volcker, who was credited with taming runaway inflation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. "He and Jay Powell couldn't seem more different in temperament..but Jay Powell, in my view, and the Fed board belong up there on the pedestal" with him, Buffett said in remarks at Berkshire's annual meeting, being held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Buffett said the Fed's muscular response to a Treasury market that had nearly frozen and other financial turmoil in March was crucial to averting deeper carnage. Conditions were sparking fear and "fear is the most contagious disease you can imagine," Buffett said, with conditions approaching a "total freeze" in credit markets before the Fed took action. Every company that issued bonds in late March and April should write a thank-you letter to the Fed, he said, because the issuance couldn't have taken place if the central bank hadn't acted with "unprecedented speed and determination." While nobody knows exactly what the consequences will be of the Fed's massive expansion of its balance sheet, "we do know the consequences of doing nothing and that's would have been the tendency of the Fed in many years past." Buffett said such incidents illustrated why Berkshire Hathaway carries a large chunk of cash, including a hefty chunk of Treasury bills. While it doesn't necessarily need a pile as large as what's now on the books, it does want to be prepared for a scenario where there isn't a Fed that acts as aggressively and, any case, doesn't want to depend not only on the "kindness of strangers but on the kindness of friends."
10:01 a.m. April 29, 2020 - By MarketWatch
Read the Federal Reserve’s April statement FOMC signals it will do what is necessary to help U.S. economyThe Federal Reserve has already reduced a key interest rate to zero and made trillions of dollars of money available to help prop up the U.S. economy during the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed on Wednesday indicated it stands ready to do more if necessary.
9:30 a.m. April 29, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed has simple goal Wednesday — project confidence in face of the unknown Powell will try to exude confidence in face of sharp contraction in economy Federal Reserve, having done an enormous amount to soften the blow of the Covid-19 pandemic, will try to bolster confidence that the economy can weather the storm.
5:49 a.m. April 28, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
These two signals will soon tell us if investors are fighting a ‘losing game’ with stocks, says top strategist Critical information for the U.S. trading day Our call of the day worries investors are fighting a ‘losing game’ with stocks. Jim Bianco of Bianco Research is opting for cash and gold these days and keeping a close eye on big economic signals coming in the next couple of weeks.
5:48 a.m. April 25, 2020 - By Jonathan Nicholson
Fear of moral hazard is imperiling federal aid to cash-strapped states Congressional Republicans think assistance will reward states who with underfunded pension plansMoral hazard is always a concern when fighting economic and financial crises. This time its imperiling federal aid to cash strapped states
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