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Fed Chairman Jerome Powell

Here’s how the Fed sets interest rates and why it matters

The Federal Reserve is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate on July 31 for the first time since the financial crisis.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell is due to hold a news conference after the FOMC decision on Wednesday.

US stocks set to gain as investors await the first Fed meeting of 2019 and a tech earnings bonanza

Chinese stocks slipped, Europe was mixed, and US futures gained before the Fed decision. Investors are navigating a minefield of market catalysts.

Fed raises interest rates, expects 2 more hikes this year

This was the seventh interest-rate hike since late 2015, when the Federal Reserve first began lifting interest rates from almost zero. It kept borrowing costs that low after the financial crisis to encourage businesses and consumers to spend and grow the economy.

Here’s the new Fed dot plot

The Fed just gave us some information about its plans for the future.
Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, is sworn in to testify at her U.S. Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing in Washington November 14, 2013.

The Fed’s forecasts for the economy confirm what everyone already knows about the GOP tax cut plan

ANALYSIS: The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and released a new batch of economic forecasts that very much reaffirm conventional wisdom among economists about the Republican tax cut plan: it will not do much to boost economic growth.

YELLEN: Bitcoin is a ‘highly speculative asset’

Yellen also noted the cryptocurrency isn't a "stable store of legal tender."

Here’s the new Fed dot plot

The Fed just gave us some information about its plans for the future.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen

Fed raises interest rates as Yellen’s term nears its end

Futures traders had seen a 100% chance of a rate hike.
Federal Reserve Chair Yellen testifies before Congressional Joint Economic Committee in Washington

Only one thing matters at Wednesday’s Fed meeting

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise rates at its December policy meeting, making what it signals about future increases more of the focus.
Workers protest outside a McDonald's restaurant on November 10, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The protesters are demanding action from state legislators and presidential candidates to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The shrinking role of unions helps shed light on an economic trend that is puzzling Fed officials

ANALYSIS: Federal Reserve officials who have expressed beffudlement at the absence of wage growth in spite of a 17-year low jobless rate should take a closer look at the issue of union membership.