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A short history of a “considerable time”

The phrase in the Federal Reserve’s official policy statement caused particular consternation during its gathering in Washington this week.

Federal Reserve details new exit strategy, keeps record-low rate

The central bank cuts bond-buying by $10 billion, will keep a key interest rate low "for a considerable time."

What to watch when the Fed meets this week

The central bank is nearing a milestone, and communicating its next steps could prove challenging.

Fed more confident in job market but nods to pickup in inflation

The deliberately bland language masks the vigorous debate both inside and outside the Fed over how much progress the economy has made -- and whether the central bank can still make a difference.

Federal Reserve lowers economic forecast but continues to cut bond purchases

Central bank cuts bond-buying by another $10 billion

Three lessons the world can teach the Federal Reserve

The academic debates within the central bank are playing out in real-time across the globe.

Fed to scale back bond purchases by another $10 billion

The action reaffirms the central bank's confidence in the recovery despite stalled growth during the winter.

BREAKING: The latest news out of Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve

Live updates of today's big afternoon of Fed news.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Sep 18, 2013
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Fed leaders knew they were blowing it at their last meeting, and other tidbits from the FOMC minutes

Five things we learned from the minutes of the big FOMC meeting, which prompted a global selloff in stock and bond markets.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jul 10, 2013
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Here’s everything you need to know about Bernanke’s press conference today

Here's our live coverage of the Fed's latest policy meeting, economic projections, and Ben Bernanke's second press conference of 2013.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jun 19, 2013
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Return of Drunk Bernanke: What the Fed chairman might want to say, but probably won’t

We like to imagine that if Ben Bernanke stopped being polite and started getting real, this is what he would say at his press conference.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jun 19, 2013
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What Ben Bernanke would say if he stopped being polite and started getting real

We imagine what might happen at this afternoon's press conference if someone switched Ben Bernanke's water glass for gin.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Mar 20, 2013
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Fed minutes: Lots of talk on bond-buying, no firm conclusions on what’s next for monetary policy

The FOMC is all over the place on what to do next on U.S. monetary policy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Feb 20, 2013
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The real surprise in the Fed’s 2007 transcripts: How much they knew, how little they understood

The failure at the Fed in 2007 was one of creativity

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 18, 2013
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The Fed’s 2007 crisis response: Twinkies, pessimism pills, and missed warnings

Transcripts of Fed meetings during the first year of the financial crisis had been under lock and key for five years. Until today. We're combing through the archives and will be updating this post with everything we find.

  • The Washington Post Economics Team
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  • Jan 18, 2013
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Secrets of the crisis revealed: What to expect from transcripts of 2007 Fed meetings

The first transcripts of Fed meetings during the crisis should come out any day now. It will be huge!

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 15, 2013
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The Fed isn’t very bullish on ’13, and five other takeaways from the new minutes

What to know about the latest minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 3, 2013
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Inside the Fed: Why you should expect an unemployment target

Last month, the Fed took its biggest action in two years. But the minutes of the debate suggests it could have done much more.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 4, 2012
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