The economic picture has improved, but the Fed isn't convinced. Chairman Ben Bernanke doesn't want to be wrong -- again.
FORTUNE – Despite the recent spate of positive economic data, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday signaled it's not totally buying the good news. Policymakers acknowledged that the job market improved more than expected and that households and businesses were spending more. But while officials sounded a tiny bit more upbeat, they MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Mar 14, 2012 10:48 AM ET
Operation Twist, the Federal Reserve's latest attempt to stimulate the economy, will have an unwelcome impact on corporate pension managers.
FORTUNE -- You know the cliché about every cloud having a silver lining? Well, when it comes to pension accounting, it turns out that at least one silver lining has a cloud.
I'm talking about a largely overlooked side effect of the Federal Reserve's Operation Twist, its program to stimulate the economy MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Oct 26, 2011 6:00 AM ET
What started as a sovereign debt crisis in Europe is slowly turning into a potentially disastrous banking crisis. It's like watching a bad rerun of a movie with a worse ending.
By Cyrus Sanati, contributor
FORTUNE -- The European economic contagion that began 18 months ago as a sovereign debt crisis is dangerously mutating into a full-blown banking crisis. With Greece in de-facto market default, weak banks within the eurozone have started to MORESep 16, 2011 11:01 AM ET
Bernanke & Co. have some options left to try and spur the economy, but the reality is that nothing will work without action by Congress.
FORTUNE -- Over the last few years, the Federal Reserve's unprecedented monetary policies have conditioned financial markets to step in whenever the economy took a turn for the worse.
So with GDP barely growing during the first half of this year, it should come as no surprise MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Sep 12, 2011 11:08 AM ET
From consumer spending to business investments, it seems nothing is the same this time around.
FORTUNE – It's hard to pinpoint exactly what has continued to hamper the U.S. economy. Economists and the media have popularly adopted the term "The Great Recession" to describe all that's gone wrong since the housing market collapsed several years ago, implying that Americans have just come out of a typical recession that, if anything, was MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Aug 30, 2011 11:39 AM ET
Combine all the data from different parts of the economy and you get a pretty ugly picture.
By Daryl G. Jones, Hedgeye
Given the market action this week, it is obviously not a day to pile on with bad news, but we do think it is important to synthesize some of the recent key economic data points and their prospective implications. The theme of jobless stagflation is one we've been reiterating consistently over MOREAug 19, 2011 11:10 AM ET
The most anticipated announcement from the Federal Reserve in months was most notable for its same old messaging: The economy is in the dumps. Borrow cheaply.
FORTUNE – In a bid to reboot the economic recovery following a global stock rout, the Federal Reserve is sticking by its old toolbox.
The Federal Open Market Committee today signaled plans to keep interest rates exceptionally low. Officials have resorted to this policy prescription since MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Aug 9, 2011 3:58 PM ET
Despite what various politicians and experts say, real productivity gains and real economic growth do not come from stimulus. By Richard RumeltAug 2, 2011 11:28 AM ET
Why big banks' plan to break up in a crisis won't work.
FORTUNE -- Have you ever watched something unfold, knowing that it hasn't got a prayer of succeeding?
Then you understand how I feel about the provision in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation that would supposedly avoid future federal bailouts by requiring giant financial institutions to draw up so-called living wills.
These "wills," which banks are currently discussing informally with regulators, are MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jun 14, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Should the Federal Reserve launch a new round of quantitative easing to stimulate the economy and slow inflation, or would it be pointless? Ben Bernanke is in a tough spot with few ways out.
By Cyrus Sanati, contributor
FORTUNE -- Wall Street is abuzz with speculation that the government is gearing up to inject billions of dollars of fresh cash into the economy in an effort to speed up economic growth. It MOREJun 8, 2011 11:39 AM ET
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