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FED UNCHANGED

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday indicated it only expects two interest-rate increases in 2016, half as many as in its December projection. The Fed left interest rates unchanged this month.

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FED PLANS TO SIGNAL CAUTION ON RATES

For Federal Reserve officials, deciding to raise short-term interest rates will be the easy part of their meeting next week. The harder part may be agreeing on how to signal the likely path of rate increases in 2016 and beyond.  Traders in futures markets are putting an 85% probability of the Fed raising its benchmark… read more

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FED KEEPS INTEREST RATES AT RECORD LOWS

The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of persistent threats from a weak international economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggested the possibility of a rate hike as early as December, the Associated Press reports.

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INTEREST RATES

The International Monetary Fund is urging the Federal Reserve to defer raising interest rates until there are greater signs of wage or price inflation than are currently evident. That’s likely early 2016.

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FED UPDATE

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer would like the Fed’s approach to dealing with issues surrounding financial stability to look a little bit more like the Bank of England’s, which empowers a separate committee to advise on the use of more targeted policies separate from interest rate decisions.

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YELLEN SPEAKS

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told Congress today that before moving on an interest rate increase the FOMC will remove the language of “patient.” Meanwhile, the federal funds futures contract in Chicago is signaling a 50-50 toss-up on a September rate hike.

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FED SAYS

The Federal Reserve altered its language about when it will raise interest rates on Wednesday, saying the central bank can be “patient” in determining when to “normalize” monetary policy.” Most Fed officials expect rates to rise in 2015, though not quite as much as they previously predicted.

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INTEREST RATES

Federal Reserve officials, 11 out of 17, see interest rates below 1.375% through the end of 2015; 10 out of 17 see rates below 2.875% through end of 2016 and 10 of 17 see rates below 3.75% through end of 2017.

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FED MEETING THIS WEEK

Federal Reserve officials debated at their July policy meeting whether they might need to raise interest rates sooner than expected in light of a strengthening recovery, but they were restrained by lingering doubts about whether the economy’s gains would persist. Meanwhile, Fed leaders are meeting this week in Jackson Hole, WY to discuss economic issues.

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FED CONFERENCE

On November 17, 2014, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a conference to examine the role of farm income in the Midwest economy.

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