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Fed’s Dudley Urges Caution on Rate Hikes, Cites Risks to U.S.

What is next for the Fed? President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York William C. Dudley provides some insight as covered by Gayatri Suroyo writing for Reuters.

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What Tools Does the Fed Have Left?

Writing for the Brookings Institute, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, explores the resources available to the Federal Reserve to help maintain the strength of the U.S. economy.

Read Part I: Negative Interest Rates

Read Part II: Targeting Longer-Term Interest Rates

Read Part III: Helicopter Money

The Fed Chair’s Warnings About the U.S. Economy

At what pace will the Fed continue to raise rates?  Writing for The Atlantic, Krishnadev Calamur looks at recent comments made by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen to gain insight into the Fed’s possible next moves.

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Fed Raises Key Interest Rate for First Time in Almost a Decade

Global markets have embraced the end of the zero interest rate policy era in the US, sending international stocks higher and quelling fears that investors would recoil at the prospect of higher interest rates.

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What Would a Fed Interest Rate Hike Mean for Markets?

All indications point to the Fed raising the fed funds rate in December. This recent article published by Knowledge@Wharton examines what the impact of this strategy means to the markets. Topics considered include why the Fed is now ready to start hiking the rate, how they will continue with their strategy and how this could impact economic growth.

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When Will the Fed Raise Rates?

Kevin Granville of the New York Times explores the impact of the near-zero benchmark interest rate and what it could mean if the Fed decides to raise this rate in 2015. Granville looks at what top economists predict could happen as well as their opinion of what the Fed should do next to keep the US economy growing.

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The Federal Reserve Easy, Now

Will 2015 be the year that the Fed raises interest rates? This is the topic of discussion in a recent blog entry published by The Economist. According to the post, if the IMF has their way, a rise in rates will not occur until 2016 in the hopes of providing market stability. This blog entry examines various charts and indices, such as the Personal Consumption Expenditure Index and trends in the unemployment rate, to provide analysis on factors considered by the Fed in their decision-making process.

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No Puzzle About Weak Business Investment: It’s the Economy!

Though there are many indicators that the U.S. economy is improving, many companies are still not making significant capital investments. Agib Aslam, Daniel Leigh and Seok Gil Park writing for the IMF blog iMFdirect explore this topic. Weak sales during the recession forced many businesses to scale back their spending. The authors explain that rejuvenating capital spending will take policy efforts and why this growth is important.

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Why Are Interest Rates So Low?

Extremely low interest rates are a global, long-term trend. In his blog entry for the Brookings Institution, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, explores what truly influences interest rates. Is it Fed policies or a wide array of other economic factors?

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