More than four years after the Great Recession, the economy is healing. And it could only get better.
By Marc Benioff
FORTUNE -- If I had written a title for President Obama's State of the Union address this week, it would be called "America Rising." When he leaves office in 2017, the U.S. will have experienced a period of critical economic recovery. By the end of 2016, Fannie Mae estimates the MOREJan 31, 2014 3:07 PM ET
Instead of just looking at inflation, the Fed should consider the gap between income and inflation. And the gap is wide.
By Sheila Bair and Preston Cooper
FORTUNE -- When the Fed meets to decide its monetary policy on Wednesday, Jan. 29, we believe it should continue tapering its bond buying program and let interest rates rise. Why? Low interest rates and low inflation are having a negative impact on the MOREJan 29, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Nouriel Roubini, the economist famous for predicting the financial crisis, says it is unlikely wages will pick up in 2014.Stephen Gandel, senior editor - Jan 17, 2014 11:19 AM ET
A stunning government report says the U.S. economy has gone through a frightening structural change since the recession: a reduction in our capacity to grow. Here's what we need to do to turn things around.
By Shawn Tully, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- A wonder of America is that, after every downturn, the economy inevitably regains its old, formidable growth trajectory. In good times, the U.S. expands its output faster than any MOREAug 15, 2013 8:00 AM ET
Most economists do not expect gas prices to reach the levels that typically force consumers to stop spending elsewhere.
FORTUNE – For the 12th day in a row, prices at the pump have climbed, hitting a national average of $3.67 a gallon Friday for regular self-serve, according to AAA. Gas is up nearly 20 cents a gallon, or about 6%, during that period.
Whenever drivers see spikes such as these, it makes headlines. MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Jul 19, 2013 9:59 AM ET
The Fed wants to keep long-term yields depressed, but its policies are riddling the market with risk.
FORTUNE -- Last Wednesday, at a conference in Cambridge, Mass., Ben Bernanke sought to clarify the statements that shocked the markets just three weeks earlier. This time, the Federal Reserve Chairman reassured his vast, anxious audience that his pledge to start shrinking the Fed's $85 billion in monthly purchases of long-term bonds, the latest MOREShawn Tully, senior editor-at-large - Jul 16, 2013 8:00 AM ET
History tells us a gradual rise in interest rates won't likely deter homebuyers.
FORTUNE – U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech Wednesday will likely push mortgage rates higher in the coming months. The central bank isn't going to raise interest rates soon, he assured, but if the economy continues improving the way it has, it will consider trimming its monthly bond purchases from the current level of $85 billion by the MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Jun 20, 2013 10:36 AM ET
The amount of money banks have at the Fed recently reached 13 digits, for the first time ever.
FORTUNE -- U.S. banks now have $1 trillion at the Federal Reserve. It's far more than they have ever had before, and it could be a big problem.
And it's a new one. Before the financial crisis, the amount of cash banks kept idle at the Fed rarely topped $25 billion, which in terms MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jun 12, 2013 9:47 AM ET
The market might have loved the number, but that doesn't mean we should.
FORTUNE -- Good, but not too good. That's what the market wanted, and that's what it got.
In May, U.S. employers had 175,000 more workers on their payrolls than they did the month before. That made May the fourth-best job month for hiring out of the past eight. Any signs that we are headed toward a double dip recession MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jun 7, 2013 12:25 PM ET
At Fortune's Global Forum, JPMorgan's CEO said markets will be "scary" until a normal interest rate environment returns.
By Megan Barnett
FORTUNE -- It's going to be scary out there in the markets until we reach a more normal interest rate environment. That was the message delivered by JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon to delegates at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China on Thursday.
"It's a different world when central banks are MOREJun 6, 2013 5:15 AM ET
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