Monetary policy

Anti-government protesters throw stones at the riot police during ongoing protests in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Lebanon's new government has held its first meeting a day after it was formed following a three-month political vacuum. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 22, 2020 - 5:55 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new government made up of appointees nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business Wednesday, a day after it was formed. Questions arose immediately about its ability to halt spiraling violence and economic and financial collapse. As the...
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FILE - This Feb. 5, 2018, file photo shows the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. On Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, President Donald Trump announced he has nominated Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller to serve on the Federal Reserve's influential Board of Governors. Shelton is an economic adviser to Trump's campaign who recently served as the U.S. executive director for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Waller is the director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 16, 2020 - 7:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he intends to nominate two people to serve on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, an institution he has repeatedly attacked for not cutting rates deeply enough. Both were first named by Trump on Twitter in July but their nominations...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 14, 2019, file photo, containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China’s exports rose 0.5% in 2019 despite a tariff war with Washington after growth rebounded in December on stronger demand from other markets. Exports to the United States fell 12.5% compared with 2018 after a 14.5% contraction in December, customs data showed Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
January 14, 2020 - 5:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday welcomed a U.S. decision ahead of the signing of a trade deal with Beijing to drop it from a list of governments accused of manipulating the value of their currencies to gain an unfair advantage in trade. Just two days ahead of the planned signing of the interim...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020, file photo the New York Stock Exchange is framed by the columns at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
January 10, 2020 - 3:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing broadly lower on Wall Street after giving up early gains. The government's latest report on the jobs market showed a slowdown in hiring last month, but the number was solid enough to cement Wall Street's view that the job market is holding up. The report also...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. In her first year as Federal Reserve chair, Yellen presided over a policy panel divided over the issue of how much longer the central bank could afford to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low, and how to prepare financial markets for the start of rate hikes. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 10, 2020 - 3:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In her first year as Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen presided over a policy panel divided over the issue of how much longer the central bank could afford to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low, and how to prepare financial markets for the start of rate hikes...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, stock prices are displayed at the New York Stock Exchange. Funds of all types made money through 2019, from risky ones full of stocks from developing economies to stodgy funds holding only super-safe Treasury bonds. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 02, 2020 - 12:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Break out the Spice Girls CDs. That was one of the best years in decades for funds. Funds of all types made money through 2019, from risky ones full of stocks from developing economies to stodgy funds holding only super-safe Treasury bonds. Someone who came into 2019 with their...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited updates on the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China and kept a wary eye on North Korea. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
December 30, 2019 - 2:49 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower Monday in Europe and Asia, though Chinese benchmarks surged on expectations of lower financing costs following a policy decision by the central bank. Investors were awaiting updates on the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China and keeping a wary...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo a pair of specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investments around the world were all winners in 2019 as central banks unleashed more stimulus to bolster the global economy against the damage created by President Donald Trump’s trade war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 26, 2019 - 3:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On January 3, the S&P 500 sank 2.5% when Apple warned of sagging demand for the iPhone, an inauspicious start to 2019 following a 14% drubbing in last year's fourth quarter. On January 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell said the central bank would be "patient" with its...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo specialist Thomas McArdle, left, and trader Jonathan Corpina, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 19, 2019 - 12:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump and Japan's central bank kept ultra-low interest rates unchanged. Following a listless day on Wall Street, investors looked ahead to other interest rate decisions by...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo a sign rests near a piece of earth-moving equipment, left, on a plot of land, in Westwood, Mass. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in November. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
December 17, 2019 - 7:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes rose again in November while applications for building permits rose to the highest level in 12 years, both encouraging signs of a rebound in the housing market. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders started construction on a seasonally...
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