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Fed ramps up aid to economy with $400 billion stimulus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday dialed up its aid to the beleaguered U.S. economy, launching an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term interest rates over time and help the battered housing sector. The Fed said it would launch a new $400 billion program that will tilt its $2.85…

Fed debates approach as inflation fears grow

A fight looms Tuesday in the US Federal Reserve as policy makers wrestle over whether the threat of inflation should prevent them from feeding more money into the economy to boost jobs. While one camp on the Federal Open Market Committee is believed to favor a hopefully stimulative economic measure…

Goldman says QE3 likely after Fed statement

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday a third round of quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve is likely after the U.S. Federal Reserve promised to keep rates at extraordinarily low levels for at least two more years. “We now see a greater-than-even chance that the FOMC will resume…

U.S. Fed set to gingerly lift foot off stimulus pedal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Federal Reserve appears ready to ease off the stimulus pedal that is pumping life into the US economy at a key meeting that opens Tuesday, despite signs of slowing growth. Most economists expect the Federal Open Market Committee will signal the Fed’s $600 billion asset purchase…

United States to hit debt ceiling on Monday

WASHINGTON — The debt-laden US government’s credit card will hit its limit Monday, creating a cash crunch that puts the country’s credit standing at risk as politicians battle over its long-term deficit. Reaching the $14.29 trillion ceiling set by Congress will not have an immediate impact on government finances, because…

Federal Reserve to print billions of dollars in massive shadow stimulus

The Federal Reserve’s policy-setting panel began a crucial two-day meeting Tuesday, poised to cast aside its long-held reluctance to micro-manage the economy in a bid to avoid a lost decade of growth. The central bank’s open market committee (FOMC) is expected to approve massive stimulus spending not seen since the…

The bad faith issue in the “stupid/evil” debate

Matt has a cheeky post pointing out that Ben Bernanke’s behavior is quite explicable if you assume he’s a conservative Republican, in response to bloggers who keep suggesting that Bernanke’s behavior is irrational. I think a lot of apparently mysterious things about Ben Bernanke’s career can be solved if you…

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