Monetary policy

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July 10, 2020 - 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Friday that it purchased $1.3 billion in corporate bonds in late June as part of its effort to keep U.S. interest rates low and ensure large companies can borrow by selling bonds. The Fed bought bonds issued by several hundred large companies, including AT...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo, the Federal Reserve building is viewed in Washington. Federal Reserve officials last month expressed concerns about the severity of the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The minutes of the June 9-10 discussions that were made public Wednesday, July 1, 2020, show officials grappling with economic disruptions that had already occurred. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
July 01, 2020 - 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month expressed concerns about the severity of the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, saying the drop in economic activity in the spring would likely be the steepest in the post-World War II period. The minutes of the June 9-10...
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June 29, 2020 - 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Haith, owner and CEO of a Denver-based restaurant chain called Teriyaki Madness, is in an unusual position for people like him: He's making money through food delivery and pickup and wants to borrow funds so he can expand. Yet so far, a Federal Reserve lending program set...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, The Federal Reserve logo is shown before the start of a scheduled news conference by Chairman Jerome Powell when it ends its latest policy meeting in Washington. The Federal Reserve on Friday, June 12, 2020, promised to use its “full range of tools” to pull the country out of a deep recession caused by a global pandemic, signaling that it would keep interest rates low through 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 12, 2020 - 11:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is promising to use its “full range of tools” to pull the country out of a recession brought on by a global pandemic, signaling that it would keep interest rates low through 2022. In its semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress, the central bank said...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference to discuss an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington. The Federal Reserve says it will keep buying bonds, Wednesday, June 10, to maintain low borrowing rates and support the U.S. economy in the midst of a recession. And it says nearly all the Fed’s policymakers foresee no rate hike through 2022. .(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
June 10, 2020 - 5:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted with an economy gripped by recession and high unemployment, the Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it expects to keep its key short-term interest rate near zero through 2022. At the same time, the Fed said it will keep buying about $120 billion in Treasury and...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Shares were trading slightly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a weekslong rally on Wall Street hit the brakes. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 10, 2020 - 2:06 pm
U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower Wednesday afternoon in choppy trading after the Federal Reserve said it expects to keep interest rates low through 2022 and keep up its bond purchases. The S&P 500 was down 0.5% after initially rising to 0.4% following the release of the central bank's...
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The buildings of the banking district are seen in Frankfurt, Germany, at dawn on early Sunday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
June 04, 2020 - 6:51 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has boosted its pandemic emergency support program by 600 billion euros to 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion) in an effort to keep affordable credit flowing to the economy during the steep downturn caused by the virus outbreak. The central bank...
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A migrant worker family crosses a street as they leave city to go back to their villages during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of new coronavirus in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. India's lockdown was imposed on March 25 and has been extended several times. On May 4, India eased lockdown rules and allowed migrant workers to travel back to their homes, a decision that has resulted in millions of people being on the move for the last two weeks. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
May 22, 2020 - 12:31 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate to 4% to revive the economy severely hit the coronavirus outbreak and a two-month lockdown. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das also said India's gross domestic product in financial 2020-21 was expected to have...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wears a mask as he walks on the grounds of the White House, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 18, 2020 - 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have lent hardly any money under a $500 billion fund created by the economic rescue law passed in response to the coronavirus crisis, a congressional oversight panel says in a new report. The Treasury fund is being used to guarantee new...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Pedestrians wearing face masks pass the Bank of England in London. In forecasts published Thursday May 7, 2020, The Bank of England has warned that the British economy could be nearly a third smaller by the end of the first half of this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but also notes the economy could revive quickly. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
May 07, 2020 - 12:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England warned Thursday that the British economy could suffer its deepest annual contraction since the Spanish War of Succession a little over three centuries ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, before roaring back next year. In what it describes as a “plausible”...
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