In a new book, Ben Bernanke explains how and why the U.S. Federal Reserve has evolved to play such an important role in the economy.
The S&P 500, one of the broadest stock market indexes, entered a bear market during Friday's trading. That means it had fallen a stunning 20% from a recent high in January.
Jerome Powell was confirmed to a second term as Federal Reserve chairman. The Senate vote comes as the central bank faces intense pressure to bring down inflation.
The annual inflation rate eased somewhat in April, but not enough to meaningfully reduce the burden on lower-income Americans.
Stocks continue to slump on fears about inflation – and whether the Federal Reserve can bring down prices without sparking a recession.
U.S. employers added 428,000 jobs in April, as the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%.
The declines come a day after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by the most in over two decades as it embarks on a high-stakes fight to bring down inflation.
Markets jumped after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was not contemplating bigger rate hikes than the half-a-percentage-point increase it delivered on Wednesday.
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by half a percentage point Wednesday, in an effort to cool off demand and lower inflation. Consumer prices have been rising at the fastest pace in 40 years.
The Federal Reserve is expected to approve its largest interest rate hike in more than two decades this week. Additional rate increases are likely, as the Fed tries to regain control over inflation.
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U.S. GDP growth likely slowed sharply in the first few months of the year, but the economy may be sturdier than it looks.
With inflation at a four-decade high, a growing number of forecasters worry the U.S. economy may be headed to a recession as the Fed gears up to raise interest rates aggressively.
Inflation in March was the highest since December of 1981, with prices up 8.5% from a year ago. Rising prices are especially hard on low-income people, who spend more of their money on necessities.