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Los Angeles Times: Fed policymakers edge closer to December rate hike, minutes show

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Jim Puzzanghera
November 18, 2015

Most Federal Reserve policymakers believe next month could be the right time to nudge up a key interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade, according to minutes of their last meeting.

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Los Angeles Times: Fed declines to raise interest rate amid global market turmoil

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By Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee
September 17, 2015

Cautious Federal Reserve policymakers on Thursday held a key interest rate at near zero, opting to wait longer to remove the unprecedented easy-money stimulus to determine whether recent global financial market volatility has slowed the U.S. economy.

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Los Angeles Times: Here’s how Fed rate hike would pinch borrowers


By Tom Petruno
July 4, 2015

The last six years of extraordinarily low interest rates have been all about rewarding borrowers at the expense of savers. But that is probably coming to an end.

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen speaks in May at the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Security at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

By Jim Puzzanghera
June 17, 2015

Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday kept the central bank’s benchmark short-term interest rate near zero, opting against the first increase since 2006 after determining the economy still isn’t strong enough to handle it.

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Los Angeles Times: Higher home loan rates are likely as Fed rate hike looms


By Jim Puzzanghera and Andrew Khouri
June 14, 2015

In moving from London at the beginning of the year, Rose-Linn Jensen would have preferred to spend a year getting familiar with the Los Angeles area before buying a home.

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LATimes: Fed keeps key rate near zero, will stay ‘patient’ on raising it

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By Jim Puzzanghera
January 27, 2015

Federal Reserve policymakers kept their benchmark interest rate near zero and reiterated a plan to be patient about future hikes, even though they issued a more upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy.

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LATimes: Consumer prices post biggest drop in 6 years on lower gasoline costs


By Jim Puzzanghera
December 17, 2014

Plunging gasoline costs led to the largest drop in consumer prices in six years last month and added another complication for Federal Reserve policymakers as they try to determine when to start raising interest rates.

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By Jim Puzzanghera,
December 17, 2014

The American economic outlook, bolstered by robust job growth and a sharp drop in gasoline prices, was boosted a little more with the Federal Reserve’s signal that it would take as long as three years to raise interests to once-normal levels.

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LATimes: Federal Reserve votes to end bond-buying stimulus program

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By Jim Puzzanghera
October 29, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers voted Wednesday to end the central bank’s controversial bond-buying stimulus program, determining the economy is strong enough to remove the unprecedented support.

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LATimes: Many Americans are still struggling financially


By Don Lee
August 7, 2014

Four in 10 U.S. households are straining financially five years after the Great Recession — many struggling with tight credit, soaring education debt and profound issues related to savings and retirement, according to a new Federal Reserve survey.

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McClatchyDC: Fed taper continues, on pace to end in October

The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington

By Kevin G. Hall
McClatchy Washington Bureau
July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Citing the improving economy and a firming jobs markets, the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it was again trimming its monthly purchases of government and mortgage bonds by another $10 billion and is on pace to end the program this year.

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WSJ: For Fed, Raising Rates Won’t Be Easy

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The Wall Street Journal
By Justin Lahart
JUly 13, 2014

Any time the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, there is risk to the economy. The next time it does so will be far more fraught than ever before.

The Federal Reserve is hoping it will be able to raise rates without rattling markets. Doing so after injecting so much money into the banking system may not come easily.

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Reuters: Fed independence questioned as Republicans ramp up pressure

The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington

The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington, July 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By Michael Flaherty and Alistair Bell
WASHINGTON Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:02am EDT

(Reuters) – A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve’s long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!


Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning, in case you missed it!

High Desert cities approve budgets

Two High Desert cities have approved balanced budgets, for their 2014-15 fiscal years.

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InlandPolitics: Is there a new investor bubble?


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 12:30 a.m.

One has to wonder what’s coming down the road for the economy. There’s no debate that the Federal Reserve was responsible for the Internet and real estate bubbles, of the past.

The big question here is how big is the new Federal Reserve-driven stock and real estate bubble?

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InlandPolitics: Is the economy as strong as people think?


Sunday, April 20, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Much effort is being put into making Americans believe the economy is building strength.

The assertion is prominent within government circles.

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LATimes: Fed minutes indicate easy-money policy may persist

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Minutes from the central bank’s last meeting suggest Fed policymakers aren’t as eager to start raising interest rates as investors expected.

By Don Lee
April 9, 2014, 7:01 p.m.

WASHINGTON — An account of the Federal Reserve’s last meeting suggests that policymakers aren’t as eager to take away the punch bowl as the market thought.

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LATimes: Regulators act to require stronger bank capital

General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

Wells Fargo and seven other banks will have to add about $68 billion in capital to their reserves to meet new requirements. (Bloomberg News / October 10, 2012)

Associated Press
April 8, 2014, 3:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.

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DailyBulletin: Will further pullbacks from the Fed slow America’s economic recovery?


By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/22/14, 6:40 PM PST |

America’s slow but steady recovery from the Great Recession has been fueled at least in part by government stimulus.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!


Monday, February 3, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom both Monday morning, and last week, in case you missed it.

Yellen takes over at Fed

Janet Yellen officially replaced Ben Bernanke as Chair of the Federal Reserve on Monday. Expect the continued reduction in stimulus to continue. There really is no choice.

The Fed balance sheet is over $4 trillion in printed money. A number not included in the nation’s $17 trillion debt.

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LATimes: Bernanke leaves legacy of stimulus and stagnation

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By Don Lee
January 25, 2014, 8:44 p.m.

WASHINGTON — As Ben S. Bernanke walks away from the Federal Reserve’s marble headquarters on the Mall after presiding over his last policy meeting Wednesday, he will leave behind a bittersweet legacy.

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LATimes: Low inflation means no hurry to taper stimulus, top Fed official says


The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C. (Karen Bleier / AFP/Getty Images)

By Jim Puzzanghera
November 4, 2013, 7:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A top Federal Reserve policymaker said Monday that low inflation meant there was no hurry to reduce a key central bank stimulus program, which has made “substantial progress” in lowering unemployment.

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LATimes: Big U.S. banks keeping door open to another financial crisis


Big banks have watered down rules aimed at keeping them from fobbing bad loans off on investors and ensured loopholes in transparency rules. ‘Fundamentally not that much has changed,’ an analyst says.

By Michael Hiltzik
September 13, 2013, 11:23 p.m.

There are two ways to think about how far we’ve come in protecting against a repeat of the financial meltdown five years ago that plunged the world into recession.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!


Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom last week. In cased you missed it!

Detroit files bankruptcy

Yes, this time it’s Detriot. That’s a city located in the state of Michigan. For those that didn’t know!

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Reuters: When the Ben and Beijing party comes to an end


By Jonathan Spicer
Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:11am EDT

(Reuters) – Through the dark days of the financial crisis, and the grey days of the halting recovery that have followed, investors have always been able to count on backing from two sources – Ben Bernanke and Beijing.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Federal Reserve Open Market Committee is definitely in a corner.

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InlandPolitics: Federal Reserve caught in its own web

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Sunday, June 9, 2013 – 07:30 a.m.

What will the Federal Reserve do about its bond buying program to keep long-term interest rates down?

It’s been the big question on the minds of Wall Street and economists of late.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!


Friday, June 7, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Friday morning.

May unemployment rate ticks up to 7.6%

The U.S. Department of Labor published its May jobs report Friday Morning. The DOL says employers added 175,000 jobs last month, with the official unemployment rate edging upt to 7.6%. The underemployment rate, which takes into account part-time and discouraged workers, edged down to 13.8%.

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InlandPolitics: An American fraud – Foreclosure review fleeces borrowers


Sunday, April 21, 2013 – 01:00 pm.

The situation surrounding the now highly-publicized Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) heated to a boiling point this past week, when affected homeowners started receiving checks meant to help offset improper and illegal foreclosure practices leveled at them by banks.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!


Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.

Here’s an update and recap of news coming across the transom this past week.

Dorner manhunt update

There’s still no sign of Former LAPD Officer and Murder Suspect Christopher Dorner as of late Sunday Morning.

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LATimes: Fed to tie interest rate to job gains

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The hope is to bring unemployment below 6.5%. Strategy marks a dramatic change in policy, made easier by low inflation lately.

By Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said it will continue aggressive measures to stimulate the economy and made a major policy shift to focus more directly on boosting the job market.

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InlandPolitics: Eagan Jones cuts U.S. Credit rating to AA- from AA

Friday, September 14, 2012 – 03:00 p.m.

Institutional ratings agency Egan Jones cut its rating on the sovereign debt of the United States to AA- from AA Friday.

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InlandPolitics: Federal Reserve initiates end game

Friday, September 14, 2012 – 08:00 a.m.

It was only a matter of time.

Faced with a stalling economy the U.S. Federal Reserve, led by Chairman Ben Benanke, has started the end game in trying to stave off another economic decline.

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InlandPolitics: LIBOR scandal a new blow to public confidence

Thursday, July 12, 2012 – 12:05 p.m.

The latest growing scandal involving major money center banks, and their complete lack of respect for rules, involves allegations that Barclays, Citigroup, UBS, JPMorgan Chase and others, manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) from 2005 to 2008.

LIBOR is the rate banks charge each other for short-term loans.

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InlandPolitics: June unemployment numbers good for Romney, bad for Obama

Friday, July 6, 2012 – 12:01 p.m.

Four months until the Presidential election and another monthly jobs report containing more bad news on Friday.

The U.S. economy only generated 80,000 jobs in June. The expectation was for 100,000.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Thursday, June 21, 2012 – 08:45 a.m.

News coming across the transom this morning.

No healthcare ruling from Supreme Court

It looks like next week will be the week. Next Monday that is.

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LATimes: Average U.S. family’s wealth plunged 40% in recession, Fed says

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2012, 9:06 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The typical American family lost nearly 40% of its wealth from 2007 to 2010 as the Great Recession reduced household net worth to a level not seen since the early 1990s.

The net worth of the median U.S. family — one with an equal number of families richer and poorer — fell to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 three years earlier, after adjusting for inflation, the Federal Reserve said in a new report Monday.

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Bloomberg: Fed Once-Secret Loan Crisis Data Compiled by Bloomberg Released to Public

By Phil Kuntz and Bob Ivry – Dec 22, 2011 9:01 PM PT

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, talks about Bloomberg News’ response to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s letter to four senior lawmakers yesterday that said recent news articles about the central bank’s emergency lending programs contained “egregious errors.” Winkler speaks with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance Midday.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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InlandPolitics: Investors ignore history

Thursday, December 1, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

All the misplaced euphoria over the recent drop in weekly first-time unemployment numbers, along with the Fed loaning the European Union (EU) some $600 billion, seems a little suspect.

The Fed is doing nothing more than manipulating markets in the short-term, with money it really doesn’t have.

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Forbes: Stocks Surge As Bernanke, ECB Throw More Dollars At Europe’s Crisis

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wall Street enjoyed a big jump Wednesday morning, after a coordinated action by central banks around the world to provide more liquidity to the global financial system.

The U.S. Federal Reserve, after a similar effort in September, will “lower the pricing on the existing temporary U.S. dollar liquidity swap arrangements by 50 basis points so that the new rate will be the U.S. dollar overnight index swap (OIS) rate plus 50 basis points.”

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – 02:00 p.m.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed nearly 500 points on Wednesday on news the U.S. Federal Reserve will drop the rate foreign banks pay it to exchange the euro for the U.S. Dollar.

In other words, a promise to artificially print more money by doing nothing more than pushing buttons on a computer.

The move up, once again, brings stocks to the unchanged level for the year.

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Bloomberg: Secret Fed Loans Helped Banks Net $13B

$ 7.7 Trillion Loan!


By Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz – Nov 27, 2011 4:01 PM PT
Bloomberg Markets Magazine

The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

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InlandPolitics: Markets down for 7th day over debt problems

Friday, November 25, 2011 – 11:45 a.m.

U.S. stocks ended lower for the seventh trading session in row on Friday,

While investment analysts cry that “Stocks are cheap.”, “It’s a buying opportunity.”, “I like stocks here.”, and “Investors shouldn’t panic.”, the markets continue to recede.

Even the recent trading range doesn’t look too warm and fuzzy.

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CNSNews: Fed Now Largest Owner of U.S. Gov’t Debt—Surpassing China

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By Terence P. Jeffrey
November 16, 2011
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( – At the close of business on Tuesday, the debt of the federal government exceeded $15 trillion for the first time–with the largest single owner of the publicly held portion of that debt being the Federal Reserve.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 09:00 a.m

Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and other institutions, who have resisted helping struggling homeowners, dumped billions in bad mortgages on the government-owned Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

A practice which has been ongoing for years now.

Fannie Mae recorded a loss of $7.8 billion for the period ending September 30.

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InlandPolitics: Wells Fargo dumping bad mortgages on taxpayers

Sunday, October 16, 2011 – 07:25 p.m.

Wells Fargo dumping bad mortgages on U.S. taxpayers?

Say it isn’t so.

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YahooFinance (AP): Bernanke warns recovery ‘close to faltering’

As economic crises pile up, Bernanke warns Congress recovery is ‘close to faltering’

Martin Crutsinger and Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writers
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 6:04 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Europe has a debt crisis. America has a jobs crisis. Corporate profits could be in trouble. World financial markets are in turmoil. And no one seems prepared to ride to the rescue.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke bluntly warned Congress on Tuesday of what most of America has sensed for some time: The economic recovery, such as it is, “is close to faltering.”

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InlandPolitics: So now everyone’s figured out the economy sucks

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – 12:10 p.m.

Hold the presses!

Just out: The economy isn’t going to get better anytime soon.

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LATimes: Report: Fed loaned $1.2 trillion to banks during financial crisis

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
August 21, 2011 | 5:52 pm

One of the Federal Reserve’s primary roles is to be the lender of last resort to banks. It played that role to the tune of stunning $1.2 trillion during the financial-system crisis that began in 2007, according to data compiled for the first time by Bloomberg News.

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The Sun: Wesley Hughes: Double-dip a misnomer

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Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/14/2011 04:46:33 PM PDT

The “experts” keep talking about a double-dip recession.

That’s all wrong. You can’t dip back into something you never got out of.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Neil Irwin
Published: August 14

Barely two years after the financial crisis ended, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke were back at it about a week ago. They were working the weekend phones with their counterparts in Europe, urging them to use overwhelming force to contain the continent’s spreading debt crisis, which was unnerving markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Bloomberg: S&P 500 Extends Worst Slump Since 2008 Bear Market

By Rita Nazareth – Aug 8, 2011 1:08 PM PT

U.S. stocks tumbled, extending the biggest slump for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since 2008’s bear market, amid concern that a downgrade of the nation’s credit rating by S&P may worsen an economic slowdown.

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Monday, August 8, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Standard and Poor’s downgrade of the sovereign credit rating of the United States was a long time coming.

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InlandPolitics: S&P lowers US credit rating to AA+


Friday, August 5, 2011 – 06:00 p.m.

As expected, rating agency Standard and Poors lowered the soverign credit rating of the United States from AAA to AA+ late Friday afternoon.

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LATimes: Dollar gets trashed as U.S. debt fears deepen

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

July 26, 2011 | 6:00 pm

The strongest sign of worry about the U.S. debt drama may be showing up in the dollar, which is on track for its third straight weekly decline.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 – 06:00 p.m.

If it doesn’t alarm you it should.

The U.S. Federal Reserve is holding $2.6 trillion in U.S. Government-issued bonds and bank-issued mortgage-backed securities on its balance sheet.

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YahooFinance (AP): The economic recovery turns 2: Feel better yet?

Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer
Monday July 4, 2011, 4:34 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This is one anniversary few feel like celebrating.

Two years after economists say the Great Recession ended, the recovery has been the weakest and most lopsided of any since the 1930s.

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YahooFinance (AP): Layoffs, housing data point to chronic problems

Martin Crutsinger and Derek Kravitz, AP Business Writers
Thursday June 23, 2011, 12:28 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sour reports Thursday on the number of people who sought unemployment benefits and buyers of new homes illustrate what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged Wednesday: Many factors weighing on the economy are proving to be more chronic than first imagined.

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CNBC (Reuters): Fed Will Buy $50 Billion of Treasurys in Final QE2 Push

Published: Friday, 10 Jun 2011 | 2:58 PM ET
By: Reuters

The flood of Federal Reserve money that has supported Wall Street and the rest of the U.S. economy for two and a half years will shrink to a trickle with the conclusion of the Fed’s bond purchases announced Friday.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 09:30 p.m.

The situation for Americans in general isn’t so hot these days, and it’s likely to worsen.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
May 4, 2011 | 5:51 pm

The Federal Reserve’s new top official in the West, in his first public speech, defended the central bank’s policy course and said that fears of serious inflation erupting from Fed stimulus programs were unrealistic.

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YahooFinance (AP): Gov’t orders 14 lenders to reimburse homeowners

14 lenders and 2 servicers to reimburse homeowners who were incorrectly foreclosed upon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government on Wednesday ordered 16 of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders and servicers to reimburse homeowners who were improperly foreclosed upon.

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LATimes: As Japan seeks to finance reconstruction, U.S. debt costs could rise

Tokyo may need to raise money to rebuild after the earthquake, but selling their U.S. Treasury bonds could create problems of its own. The nuclear power shutdown will affect production throughout Japan and boost demand for oil.

By Don Lee and Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2011, 6:12 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles —

Japan’s need to raise huge amounts of money for reconstruction after the disastrous earthquake raises the prospect of higher U.S. costs to finance its own budget deficit and ultimately higher costs to American consumers on financing everything from houses and cars to credit card debt.

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InlandPolitics: Government efforts to sustain markets failing, expect double-dip

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

Don’t be fooled! It’s not working.

Efforts by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve to prop up investment markets, known as QE2 (Quantitative Easing – 2nd phase), doesn’t appear to be working.

Why you ask?

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LATimes: A damning post-mortem of the financial meltdown

Though few have paid attention, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s conclusions clearly point out the failures by regulators — and the (un)regulated — to rein in excesses that predictably led to ruin.

By Michael Hiltzik
February 6, 2011

The public reaction to major man-made disasters always follows the same life cycle: First come shock and outrage, then demands for investigation and retribution against the guilty, and finally resignation about God’s mysterious ways, fatigue and ennui.

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CNBC: Accounting Tweak Could Save Fed From Losses

Published: Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 4:58 PM ET

Concerns that the Federal Reserve could suffer losses on its massive bond holdings may have driven the central bank to adopt a little-noticed accounting change with huge implications: it makes insolvency much less likely.

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FinancialTimes: America: Paydown problems

By James Politi
Published: January 13 2011 22:15 | Last updated: January 13 2011 22:15

It was the most startling of warnings. If the US does not get its finances in order “we will have a European situation on our hands, and possibly worse”, claimed Paul Ryan, the new Republican chairman of the House of Representatives budget committee.

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YahooFinance (AP): US debt passes $14 trillion, Congress weighs caps

By Tom Raum, Associated Press – January 15, 2011

WASHINGTON – The United States just passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time high, more than $14 trillion.

That means Congress soon will have to lift the legal debt limit to give the nearly maxed-out government an even higher credit limit or dramatically cut spending to stay within the current cap. Either way, a fight is ahead on Capitol Hill, inflamed by the passions of tea party activists and deficit hawks.

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WSJ: Bernanke Rejects Bailouts

Fed Chief Says State and Local Governments Shouldn’t Expect Federal Loans

JANUARY 8, 2011

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday ruled out a central bank bailout of state and local governments strapped with big municipal debt burdens, saying the Fed had limited legal authority to help and little will to use that authority.

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Although the unemployment rate dropped dramatically to 9.4% in December, the government reported, employers added only 103,000 jobs, below many analysts’ expectations. The report on average weekly work hours was also disappointing.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2011

Reporting from Washington —

The nation’s unemployment rate dipped last month to the lowest level since the spring of 2009. Still, the economy created substantially fewer new jobs than had been expected – a painful reminder of just how slow the jobs recovery may continue to be.

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YahooFinance (AP): Bernanke: 4-5 years to reach normal unemployment

By Jeannine Aversa, Ap Economics Writer – 30 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sketched a more optimistic view of the economy Friday but said the Fed’s $600 billion bond-buying program is needed because unemployment will likely stay elevated for up to five more years.

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InlandPolitics: Economic conditions continue decline

Sunday, December 12, 2010 – 09:00 p.m.

Economic conditions counterproductive to growth continue to emerge in opposition to what government officials keep telling all of us.

While holiday sales trend slightly ahead of a dismal 2009, interest rates continue a steady march higher. Even as the U.S. Federal Reserve Board embarks on its second so called ‘quantitative easing’ process.

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InlandPolitics: Treasury rates continue climb

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – 10:40 a.m.

Interest rates on U.S. Treasury securities continued climbing today with the rate on the 10-year treasury bond now hitting 3.13% this morning.

The 10-year treasury instrument remains the benchmark for mortgage loans.

InlandPolitics Commentary: Jobless, interest rates simultaneous climb a bad sign

Friday, December 3, 2010 – 10:30 a.m.

This mornings grim news on the economy was no surprise here.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor the national unemployment rate climbed to 9.8% in November. Up from 9.6% in October.

The net number of jobs added? A paltry 39,000, of which, most were temporary positions likely to leave the workforce after the holiday season ends.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

CalPERS was among the big winners in an obscure Federal Reserve loan program aimed at rescuing the nation’s troubled credit markets last year.

The state’s other big pension fund, CalSTRS, also participated in the program, but to a much smaller degree, according to records released this week by the Federal Reserve.

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FinancialTimes: Pessimistic Fed to slash growth forecasts

By Robin Harding in Washington
Published: November 21 2010 20:07 | Last updated: November 21 2010 20:07

The US Federal Reserve will slash its growth forecasts and predict higher unemployment when it releases updated economic projections this week.

The Fed will release the latest forecasts made by members of its rate-setting open market committee on Tuesday, alongside the minutes of their November meeting, giving a complete picture of why they launched a new $600bn round of asset purchases.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Banks gutted Obama and democrats chances

Monday, November 1, 2010 – 11:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama and congressional democrats can place a major portion of the blame for their pending gutting at the polls tomorrow squarely at the feet of the banking industry.

There are several factors in-play here.

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YahooFinance (Reuters): U.S. on track for “fiscal train wreck”: Roubini

Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at New York University and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics speaks at the opening session “Rebalancing the Global Economy” at the Global Financial Forum in New York April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

On Friday October 29, 2010, 3:31 am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is a “fiscal train wreck” waiting to happen that risks ushering in a period of stagnation featuring by minimal growth, high unemployment and deflationary pressure, U.S. economist Nouriel Roubini wrote on Friday.

In a commentary for the Financial Times, Roubini — one of the first economists to predict the housing crash in the United States and known as ‘Dr Doom’ for his pessimistic forecasts — said fiscal and monetary stimulus had prevented another depression.

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InlandPolitics: Cities, counties still fail to realize “worst” is yet to come

Sunday, August 29, 2010 – 12:30 pm
Updated: August 29, 2010 – 08:50 pm

It’s baffling to hear the rhetoric, chatter, and the denials regarding the condition of the state and local economy.

Yes, it’s going to get worse. A situation that’s bad for everyone. Politicians, businesses, and everyday folk. Denial is still in full swing.

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FinancialTimes: Investors braced for week of key data

By Robin Harding in Jackson Hole and Helen Thomas in New York

Published: August 29 2010 19:57 | Last updated: August 29 2010 19:57

Investors are braced for a week of crucial economic data that could decide the Federal Reserve’s next move after chairman Ben Bernanke said it would ease policy if the outlook deteriorated “significantly”.

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LATimes: Downward revision of GDP growth a strong signal of stalled recovery


By Jim Puzzanghera
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

August 27, 2010|7:45 a.m.

Reporting from Washington —
The Commerce Department on Friday downgraded the nation’s economic growth in the second quarter, providing the most important evidence yet that the recovery has stalled.

The anemic annualized growth rate of 1.6% was down from last month’s estimate of 2.4%. The drop was slightly less than many economists had predicted, but the report still put an exclamation point on a week of bad economic news that has raised fears the nation could plunge into another recession.

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FinancialTimes: Fed set to downgrade outlook for US

By James Politi in Washington
Published: August 8 2010 19:15 | Last updated: August 8 2010 19:15

The Federal Reserve is set to downgrade its assessment of US economic prospects when it meets on Tuesday to discuss ways to reboot the flagging recovery.

Faced with weak economic data and rising fears of a double-dip recession, the Federal Open Market Committee is likely to ensure its policy is not constraining growth and to use its statement to signal greater concern about the economy. It is, however, unlikely to agree big new steps to boost growth.

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The US workforce shrank by 652,000 in June, one of the sharpest contractions ever. The rate of hourly earnings fell 0.1pc. Wages are flirting with deflation.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Published: 9:33PM BST 04 Jul 2010

“The economy is still in the gravitational pull of the Great Recession,” said Robert Reich, former US labour secretary. “All the booster rockets for getting us beyond it are failing.”

“Home sales are down. Retail sales are down. Factory orders in May suffered their biggest tumble since March of last year. So what are we doing about it? Less than nothing,” he said.

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