Rachel Siegel

Washington, D.C.

Federal Reserve and domestic economy

Education: Yale University, BA in History

Rachel Siegel is an economics reporter covering the Federal Reserve. She previously covered breaking news for the Post's financial section and local politics for the Post's Metro desk. Before joining the Post in June 2017, Rachel contributed to The Marshall Project and The Dallas Morning News.
Latest from Rachel Siegel

U.S. economy stumbles into final stretch of 2022 facing new pressures

The stock market had a brutal third quarter, but consumer confidence and the labor market remain strong.

October 1, 2022

Mortgage rates hit 6.7 percent as housing market keeps cooling

The long-awaited shift is playing out across the country as mortgage rates escalate to the highest levels in 15 years.

September 29, 2022

Stock market continues long tumble as economic outlook sours

The Federal Reserve’s fight against inflation promises to slow the economy, and Wall Street is roiled.

September 23, 2022

Fed raises interest rates by 0.75 points to fight inflation

The central bank is expected to raise rates by three-quarters of a percentage point for the third consecutive time.

September 21, 2022

Why does the Fed raise interest rates?

To help curb inflation, the Fed raises its benchmark interest rate, which makes mortgages and other loans more expensive. Over time, this helps supply and demand sync up.

September 21, 2022

Supersized rate hikes are the Fed’s new normal

Just three months ago, the Federal Reserve chief described a three-quarter point hike as “unusually large.” The third one of the year is expected this week.

September 19, 2022

Stocks sink after inflation report shows unexpected price climb in August

Falling gas prices weren't enough to bring broader prices down.

September 13, 2022

    Five charts explaining why inflation is so high

    Gas prices fell last month, but the cost of food and shelter continued to tick upward.

    September 13, 2022

    The Fed is ready to charge ahead with higher interest rates

    Markets are increasingly expecting another supersized hike of three-quarters of a percentage point when Fed officials convene later this month.

    September 8, 2022

    Rising rent: Why prices are only going higher

    There’s no single reason why rent costs are up. Instead, a clash of factors have made it so that renting a house or apartment — your perfect nest — is more expensive than ever.

    September 1, 2022