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Fed’s Williams warns that U.S. economy far from healthy even if worst of the coronavirus outbreak is over

New York Fed President John Williams said Tuesday there are early signs the worst is over for the economy but that it ‘is still far from healthy.’

by Greg Robb
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Fed caps bank dividend payments and suspends share-buybacks for third quarter after stress tests

The Federal Reserve on Thursday voted to cap bank dividend payments to an income formulation and forbid share-buybacks as a study showed firms would take a big hit under some downside scenarios related to the coronavirus p...

by Greg Robb
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Dallas Fed’s Kaplan bemoans lack of mask wearing in Texas and elsewhere

Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan said Thursday that basic healthcare steps like wearing a mask are as important as government rescue funds in helping the economy recover from the coronavirus and the U.S. is falling short.

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Evans says low inflation may require more monetary easing

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Wednesday was downbeat about the economic outlook, saying ‘a broad economic recovery will take some time.’

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Fed’s Bullard doesn’t see signs a damaging asset bubble is forming

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Tuesday said he doesn’t see a risky asset bubble forming in the wake of the Fed’s efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

by Greg Robb

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Fed’s Clarida says he doesn’t see any asset bubbles resulting from recent policy response to pandemic

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said Friday he doesn’t see any unintended asset bubbles forming as a result of the Fed ‘s response to the coronavirus.

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Banks to wait until market close on June 29 to talk about impact of Fed stress tests on their capital plans

Banks have been asked to wait until after the U.S. market close on June 29 to talk publicly about their planned capital actions and stress capital buffer requirements that result from the Fed’s stress test, Fed Vice Chairm...

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Fed’s Rosengren expects economic rebound this year ‘to be less than was hoped for’

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said Friday he was more pessimistic than many other U.S. central bankers and said he expected the economic rebound in the second half of the year ‘to less than was hoped for at the outse...

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Fed’s Bullard says economy not out of the woods

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Thursday said the U.S. economy is not out of the woods despite some better-than-expected reports for retail sales and payrolls.

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Powell says economy is in ‘critical phase’ and pushes for more help

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will testify to Congress for the second straight day on Wednesday. Follow along with the MarketWatch live blog.

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Fed’s Mester sees ‘long road back’ for economy

Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester on Wednesday said ‘very accommodative’ monetary policy will be needed to return the economy to full employment.

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Powell says economic activity far below pre-pandemic levels despite ‘modest rebound’ in some areas

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday noted that some areas of the economy are seeing a modest rebound, but said levels of output and employment remain far below their pre-pandemic levels.

by Greg Robb
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Powell says Fed is not an ‘elephant’ running through corporate bond market

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday testified on the economic outlook and monetary policy to the Senate Banking Committee.

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Fed’s Daly defends $3 trillion in asset purchases, saying they helped broader sector of Americans than just financial markets

San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly on Monday defended the central bank’s purchase of $3 trillion in assets to ease financial market conditions, saying they’ve helped more Americans than just Wall Street

by Greg Robb
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Fed’s Kaplan says he’s skeptical of yield-curve control

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said Monday that he is skeptical of the central banking using so-called “yield-curve control” as a new tool to help the economy recover from the recession.

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Fed’s Kaplan worries economy’s recovery may be slowed if coronavirus health practices remain ‘uneven’

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said Sunday health-care procedures to combat the coronavirus were just as important as government funding for the nascent economic recovery and, to date, these efforts to reduce coronavi...

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Fed’s Barkin says best stimulus plan would be common standards so consumers feel safe to shop

The best stimulus plan for the economy would be common standards so consumers feel safe to shop and go to restaurants, said Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin on Friday.

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Coronavirus-induced recession is putting downward pressure on wages, Fed says

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the recession is putting downward pressure on wages, the Federal Reserve said Friday.

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Dovish Fed sees no interest-rate hikes for years, will keep buying assets

Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday forecast that its benchmark rate will stay near zero through 2022 and said asset purchases will continue to support markets.

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Fed provides update on economic view and policy thinking: live blog

Federal Reserve officials will release their first economic forecast in six months on Wednesday at the end of their two-day policy meeting.

by Greg Robb