Fed Beige Book says contacts report ‘solid’ holiday sales and have ‘modestly favorable’ expectations about 2020

2020-01-15

Getty Images People with shopping bags walk down the sidewalk during the Christmas holiday season last month. The outlook: Economic activity continued to expand “modestly” over the last six weeks of 2019, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, released Wednesday. Two districts: Richmond and Dallas, reported growth at above-averageRead More →

Fed study finds Trump tariffs backfired

2019-12-27

Getty Images President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence examine a wheel loader from Caterpillar Inc. on the South Lawn of the White House in 2017. President Donald Trump’s strategy to use import tariffs to protect and boost U.S. manufacturers backfired and led to job losses and higher prices,Read More →

Asian markets retreat ahead of Fed announcement

2019-10-29

Asian markets fell in early trading Wednesday, following new doubts about a U.S.-China trade deal and ahead of an expected interest-rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve. While U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, in recent days had touted progress in trade talks, Reuters reported Tuesday that a “phase one”Read More →

Gold holds above $1,500 ahead of this week’s Fed meeting

2019-10-28

Gold futures edged lower Monday but held above the psychologically important level of $1,500 an ounce as traders await this week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting. Gold for December delivery GCZ19, -0.33%  on Comex fell $4.30, or 0.3%, to $1,501 an ounce, while December silver SIZ19, -0.06%  edged 1.9 cents higher,Read More →