Fed ends bond-buying, leaves guidance on rates unchanged

The Fed said that the economy is expanding at a “moderate” pace and described recent gains in hiring as “strong.”

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.

Yellen: Labor market healing but economy still needs Fed support

On Capitol Hill, Yellen acknowledged that broader measures of labor market health have registered “notable improvements.”

Jeremy Stein: The exclusive exit interview

The Harvard economist and former Fed governor discusses bubbles, exit strategy and the taper tantrum.

Federal Reserve lowers economic forecast but continues to cut bond purchases

Central bank cuts bond-buying by another $10 billion

The Fed disagrees on what to do next–and it hasn’t even gotten to interest rates yet

Officials are all over the map on how to handle reinvestments in its bond-buying program

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.

What you need to know about the Fed’s meeting this week

The outcome of this week’s gathering of Federal Reserve officials in Washington is expected to be a yawner -- and that’s a good thing.

Why Fed hawks and doves are both starting to talk about ending QE

Monetary hawks want to end bond purchases because they think quantitative easing creates big risks. The doves are showing more openness because they think the policies are working.

The Bank of Japan is coordinating policy with the Japanese government. That is a big deal.

The era of independent central banks may be ending. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 22, 2013

The Fed’s recession bind, in one chart

A new study suggests that the Fed shouldn't have just cut interest rates. It should have made them negative.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 15, 2012

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

Michael Woodford: ‘I personally would have gone further but what [the Fed] did is definitely a step in the right direction.’

A conversation with Michael Woodford, the world's leading monetary economist and arguably a big influence on QE3.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 15, 2012

QE3 is on! Fed to buy $85b through December, and then keep going

The Fed will buy $85 billion in new assets including $40 billion in mortgage backed securities every month until the end of the year.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 13, 2012

The biggest hint yet the Fed will act

One of the key questions hanging over the economy is whether the Fed will act. The minutes from their last meeting are the clearest sign we've had yet that they're leaning towards "yes."

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 22, 2012
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