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Consumer Prices Rise More Than Expected, Adding to Inflation Signs

Consumer Prices Rise More Than Expected, Adding to Inflation Signs

The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile items like energy and food, climbs 0.3% in January. Economists surveyed by FactSet had projected a 0.2% rise on average.

3 Things New Fed Chair Powell Must Confront Immediately

3 Things New Fed Chair Powell Must Confront Immediately

A bear market in bonds? A government funding crisis? Stagnant wages and stalled-out deposit rates? These are three challenges the new Federal Reserve chair must confront after being sworn in Monday to replace Janet Yellen.

Rising Treasury Yields Could Spell Start of Decades-Long Bond Bear Market

Rising Treasury Yields Could Spell Start of Decades-Long Bond Bear Market

Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes have been on the rise since reaching a record low of 1.36% in July 2016. Last week they surged to 2.85%, the highest in three years, and triggering debate over whether bonds are entering a decades-long bear market.

Faster Wage Gains Prompt Fears Fed May Accelerate Rate Increases

Faster Wage Gains Prompt Fears Fed May Accelerate Rate Increases

Average wages grew 2.9% from last year, according to the January non-farm payroll report, the fastest pace since 2009, igniting further concerns about faster inflation in the world's biggest economy.

3 Key Takeaways From Fed's Latest Monetary-Policy Statement

3 Key Takeaways From Fed's Latest Monetary-Policy Statement

Federal Reserve officials, in their first meeting of 2018, held benchmark U.S. interest rates steady in a range of 1.25% to 1.5%, as expected.

Bank of America Sees 'Modestly Hawkish' Tilt to Fed Rate Statement

Bank of America Sees 'Modestly Hawkish' Tilt to Fed Rate Statement

Federal Reserve officials, in their first meeting of 2018, held benchmark U.S. interest rates steady in a range of 1.25% to 1.5%, as expected.

Fed Keeps Rates on Hold, Says Labor Market Continues to Strengthen

Fed Keeps Rates on Hold, Says Labor Market Continues to Strengthen

Federal Reserve officials, in their first meeting of 2018, held benchmark U.S. interest rates steady in a range of 1.25% to 1.5%, as expected.

Trump Tax Cuts Already Boosting Consumer Spending: Fed Officials

Trump Tax Cuts Already Boosting Consumer Spending: Fed Officials

Investors are looking for clues on whether Trump's tax cuts will fuel enough growth to spur faster inflation, which in turn could prompt the Fed to accelerate increases in benchmark interest rates.

What Stock Traders Are Wondering After Latest Federal Reserve Rate Hike

What Stock Traders Are Wondering After Latest Federal Reserve Rate Hike

The Federal Reserve raised rates three times this year, the most since before the 2008 financial crisis, and is on track for further increases next year with economic growth solid, unemployment at a 17-year low and inflation subdued.

Fed's Quarter-Point Rate Hike Wednesday to Cost Consumers, Raise Recession Risk

Fed's Quarter-Point Rate Hike Wednesday to Cost Consumers, Raise Recession Risk

Economic data look great. Growth is solid, unemployment is at a 17-year low and stubbornly low inflation is rising. So the Fed is justified in raising rates -- including a likely hike at a meeting on Wednesday. But Bank of America is reminding investors that a rate-hiking cycle is rarely painless.