Nov 14, 2013 — Janet Yellen, President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Reserve, has her confirmation hearing Thursday. Before she spoke, there was word that the number of first-time claims filed for jobless benefits fell only slightly last week.
Sep 6, 2013 — As soon as the August jobs report is released Friday morning, speculation will begin about how the central bank will react.
Jul 17, 2013 — The central bank's latest "Beige Book" review of conditions around the nation adds to evidence that the economy continues to chug along.
Jul 12, 2013 — A surge in the cost of gasoline fueled a sharp increase in wholesale prices last month. Meanwhile, Bloomberg News is reporting that former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wants to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
May 22, 2013 — The Fed chairman cautioned Wednesday that if interest rates were to start rising now, the economy could slump. Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors said sales of existing homes rose — and would have been even stronger if not for tight inventory.
Apr 11, 2013 — The central bank made a mistake. It sent minutes from its most recent policy meeting to a small group of influential institutions, including some major banks, a day earlier than scheduled. But the minutes are always weeks old. Why are they important? Because they contain clues to the Fed's thinking.
Mar 6, 2013 — As the year began there was at least some growth in most parts of the country, the central bank says.
Dec 12, 2012 — The central bank's policymakers also said they expect their policies aimed at stimulating growth will remain in effect until the jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent, from the current 7.7 percent.
Jan 11, 2012 — The language in the central bank's "beige book" look at the economy has gotten more upbeat. It sees "modest to moderate" growth.