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News stories about Federal Reserve

Jan 30, 2019  16:20 ET
Fed keeps rates unchanged, preaches patience
Federal Reserve policymakers held the line on interest rates as expected on Wednesday, and further signaled that they would take a less aggressive stance in 2019. Fed Chairman Jerome Pow...
Sep 26, 2018  14:10 ET
The Fed boosts interest rates again
Federal Reserve policymakers raised interest rates for the third time this year, and also signaled that the end of the Fed's longstanding accommodative monetary policy was at hand.  As w...
Jun 13, 2018  14:20 ET
The Fed raises rates at June meeting
As widely expected, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the second time this year. Following a two-day meeting, Fed policymakers on the Federal Open Market Committee ...
Mar 20, 2018  16:00 ET
Analysts: Four Fed rate hikes are possible in 2018
As Federal Reserve policymakers met Tuesday for the first day of their March meeting, most housing analysts have already predicted what they will do: Raise rates for the first time this year. The m...
Mar 1, 2018  14:10 ET
Fed Chair Powell debuts before Congress
In his public debut this week, Jerome Powell, the new chairman of the Federal Reserve, was upbeat about the economy, indicating the central bank was sticking with the plan of slowly raising the benchm...
Feb 6, 2018  17:10 ET
Stock slides unlikely to color mortgage outlook
The stock market’s roller-coaster ride this week has been blamed partially on investor fears that interest rates are poised to rise. Housing economists, however, generally haven’t budged off their for...
Jan 31, 2018  15:05 ET
Fed holds the line on interest rates
As widely expected, the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged. Following a two-day meeting on Wednesday, the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept the short-te...
Dec 15, 2017  17:00 ET
Fannie economist: Fed to stay cautious next year
Some housing economists believe that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates more aggressively next year in response to the Republican tax overhaul, which is moving on a fast-track toward appr...
Nov 2, 2017  8:40 ET
Fed keeps interest rates unchanged
As widely expected, the Federal Reserve made no changes to interest rates following a two-meeting. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on Wednesday opted to keep the federal funds r...
Sep 22, 2017  15:20 ET
Blog: The Fed's great unwinding begins
As widely predicted, the Federal Reserve this past week announced that it would begin winding down its massive balance sheet. Analysts believe the initial impact on the mortgage industry...
Sep 21, 2017  15:20 ET
Euro-bank tapering could be what drives up rates
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced it would begin to gradually reduce its $4.5 trillion balance sheet beginning in October. Doug Duncan, chief economist with Fannie Mae, discussed with Sco...
Jul 31, 2017  16:15 ET
Blog: The Fed holds the line
As widely expected, the Federal Reserve last week kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged and still appears on course to begin unwinding its massive balance sheet this year. Following...
Jul 10, 2017  13:25 ET
Blog: June's jobs report could lock in Fed's path
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before Congress this week, but most analysts have already penciled in what the central bank has in store for the rest of 2017. Last week’s strong jobs rep...
Jun 14, 2017  14:10 ET
Fed signals balance-sheet wind down
As widely expected, Federal Reserve policymakers raised short-term rates for the second time this year, and also signaled the central bank would soon begin winding down its massive holdings of secu...
Mar 15, 2017  14:20 ET
The Fed raises rates
As widely expected, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the first time this year. Fed Chair Janet Yellen was upbeat about the progress of the economy, although the c...

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