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Oct 10, 2013

Thrust into crisis, Bernanke tested bounds of Fed policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ben Bernanke spent his whole life training for the job of Fed chairman – even if he didn’t know it at the time.

One of the Great Depression’s most prominent scholars, Bernanke inherited a historic slump of his own not long after taking the helm of the Federal Reserve eight years ago.

Oct 8, 2013

Plosser says time has come for Fed to phase out bond buys

, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should
start reducing its asset purchase stimulus program as soon as
possible given that economic growth is already firm and will
become stronger next year, a top Fed official said on Tuesday.

Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Fed, told a
local chamber of commerce meeting that he disagreed with the
central bank’s decision last month to hold off on reducing the
$85 billion current monthly pace of bond-buying.

Oct 4, 2013

Lacker says Fed can still cut stimulus despite U.S. shutdown

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve could reduce the pace of its bond-buying stimulus despite a government shutdown that is preventing the release of key economic data, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said on Friday.

He was speaking even as the Labor Department failed to release its monthly jobs report, the most widely watched global indicator, because of cost cuts related to the budget impasse and shuttering of government.

Oct 3, 2013

Protests at key Argentina port cause headaches for exporters

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A spike in shipping costs
and lower profits resulting from a series of union protests at
Argentina’s Rosario port, one of the world’s biggest grain
export centers, has raised concerns among the country’s
agricultural companies.

Strikes by powerful unions representing river pilots,
longshoremen and soy crushing workers have been frequent at the
port, about 300 kilometers (200 miles) north of Buenos Aires,
where some of the world’s top grain traders – such as Cargill
, Bunge and Louis Dreyfus – operate.

Sep 26, 2013

Lacker says Fed’s guidance on rates could hurt U.S. growth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s effort to assure the public that interest rates will remain near zero for years could have the perverse effect of hurting confidence and damaging economic growth, a top Fed official said on Thursday.

Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Richmond Fed, offered a conference in Stockholm a taste of his hawkish skepticism of the U.S. central bank’s unconventional monetary policies.

Sep 19, 2013

Ground control, we have a Fed communications problem

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For a central bank that prides itself on transparent communications, the U.S. Federal Reserve has a clear messaging problem.

After months conditioning financial markets for a likely September start to a reduction in stimulus, the Fed’s inaction this week stunned investors, leaving many wondering how much stock they can put on the verbal nods of policymakers.

Sep 6, 2013

U.S. Fed can soon begin reducing stimulus, Evans says

, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Reserve can begin winding down its bond-buying stimulus later
this year, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday,
adding he was still unsure about whether to start in September.

A U.S. employment report earlier on Friday showing
relatively weak job gains but a drop in the jobless rate in
August was just mixed enough to leave uncertain the prospect of
a reduction in the Fed’s $85 billion monthly asset purchases.

Sep 6, 2013

Fed can start tapering ‘later this year,’ says Evans

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve can begin winding down its bond-buying stimulus later this year as the economy improves, but will likely need to keep official interest rates near zero for another two years, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday.

While Evans did not specify an exact month for the start of a reduction in the Fed’s purchases of mortgage and Treasury bonds, his timeline appears to make him reticent about making such a move in September, as most investors now expect.

Sep 6, 2013

U.S. Fed can start tapering ‘later this year,’ says Evans

, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Reserve can begin winding down its bond-buying stimulus later
this year as the economy improves, but will likely need to keep
official interest rates near zero for another two years, Chicago
Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday.

While Evans did not specify an exact month for the start of
a reduction in the Fed’s purchases of mortgage and Treasury
bonds, his timeline appears to make him reticent about making
such a move in September, as most investors now expect.

Sep 4, 2013

U.S. economy growing at ‘modest to moderate’ pace: Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy expanded at a “modest to moderate” pace in most of the country between early July and late August, according to a Federal Reserve report that was just strong enough to reinforce the prospect of a pullback in monetary stimulus.

With most Fed officials seemingly bent on moving away from controversial asset purchases aimed at keeping long-term rates down, investors are expecting the Fed to begin reducing the pace of its $85 billion monthly bond buys at policymakers’ next meeting later this month.

    • About Pedro

      "Pedro da Costa has been covering economics and financial markets since 2001. He is currently based in Washington and focuses on the Federal Reserve and macroeconomic policy. Da Costa earned a Master's in international relations at the University of California San Diego and studied sociology and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."
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      Awards:
      2011 Deadline Club Award from the Society of Professional Journalists' New York Chapter
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