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Fed releases details on banks that took loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Three banks in Mississippi got millions of dollars from a Federal Reserve short-term loan program aimed at stabilizing financial markets. The Fed began pumping trillions of dollars into the financial system last year through an array of short-term lending programs. The central bank intensified its efforts after the crisis worsened with the fall of Lehman Brothers in ...

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Bernanke issues warning to China

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a stern warning to China, saying that it and other emerging nations are putting the global economy at risk by keeping their currencies artificially low. The Fed chief made the remarks Friday during his speech to a conference at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. “Insufficiently supportive policies” in the United ...

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Fed survey points to uneven growth across US

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew unevenly in early fall, with more than half the regions of the country expanding modestly while others struggled to grow. A survey by the Federal Reserve released Wednesday found that seven of the Fed’s 12 regions reported moderate improvements in business activity. Three regions – Philadelphia, Richmond and Cleveland – described economic activity as ...

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Fed plan for short-term fix brings long-term risks

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is balancing a short-term fix for the economy with a long-term gamble: His plan to buy Treasury bonds to fight high unemployment and super-low inflation now could ignite inflation later. But Bernanke is signaling that doing nothing would pose the biggest risk of all. The Fed chief on Friday made his strongest case ...

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Stocks slide after jobs, inflation reports

NEW YORK – Stocks dipped Thursday after concerns about another disappointing report on jobs. But losses were held in check by expectations the Federal Reserve will act soon to strengthen the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 32 points in midday trading. In recent months, a disappointing jobs report would have likely led to a bigger sell-off in stocks. ...

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Treasury yields sink to new lows; Eyes on the Fed

NEW YORK (AP) – Any doubt that the Federal Reserve will launch a new effort to stimulate the economy seemed to evaporate Wednesday as Treasury rates plummeted to record lows. The Fed has kept short-term interest rates near zero since 2008. In recent weeks, traders have started speculating that the central bank would take aim at long-term interest rates by ...

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Stocks mixed, Treasury yields drop after jobs data

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are trading in a tight range after a disappointing report on the jobs market is renewing concern about the health of the economy. But traders also see the report as adding to the likelihood the Federal Reserve will take action to further stimulate the economy. Such a move by the Fed could eventually make stocks ...

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Fed wrestling with fixes for economy

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers are wrestling with what additional steps — if any — should be taken to strengthen the plodding economy and drive down near double-digit unemployment. Lots of lively debate is expected at today’s meeting. But few expect any major programs to be unveiled. Instead, many will be looking to see if the Fed offers new clues ...

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Federal Reserve walking policy tightrope

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers are pondering ways to jump-start the economic recovery. The trick: making sure whatever they do or say doesn’t rattle Wall Street. U.S. stocks closed higher yesterday as investors anticipated reassuring words or action today by the chairman of the country’s central bank, Ben Bernanke and his colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee. But early ...

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'Beige Book' reports economic improvement

WASHINGTON — Highlights from the Federal Reserve’s survey of economic conditions nationwide. The survey, released Wednesday and known as the Beige Book, is based on information collected from the Fed’s 12 regional bank districts. ST. LOUIS (This region covers Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky, and parts of Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Mississippi.) Economic conditions were mixed, but showed signs of improvement ...

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