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Customers check out at a Costco Wholesale Corp. store in San Francisco

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Customers check out at a Costco Wholesale Corp. store in San Francisco

Good News for Fed, Less So For Average Joe

Federal Reserve policy makers may be breathing a tad easier today after the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ consumer price report showed diminishing odds of deflation. Higher costs for food and rent helped boost consumer prices 0.2 percent in March, the...

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An aerial view of homes in Henderson, Nevada.

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An aerial view of homes in Henderson, Nevada.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $4.23 Trillion

Federal Reserve banks had about $4.23 trillion in total assets as of March 26. Most of the Fed’s holdings are in U.S. Treasury securities ($2.31 trillion) or mortgage-backed securities ($1.6 trillion). The Federal Open Market Committee “has kept the benchmark...

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

Yellen: Meaning of ‘Some Time?’ — ‘Indirect Pushback’ Seen

It depends on what the meaning of  “some time” is. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen got everyone’s attention — meaning the stock markets — when she said at a press conference on March 19 that the Fed might start raising...

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Job seekers at a job fair in New York on Jan. 16, 2014.

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Job seekers at a job fair in New York on Jan. 16, 2014.

Brookings Papers Turn Conventional Wisdom on Its Head

As The Brookings Institution holds its Spring 2014 Papers on Economic Activity conference, a summary of some interesting findings: One in three American households live hand-to-mouth, spending every disposable penny they make. Two-thirds of them aren’t poor, a paper by...

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Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 19, 2014.

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Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 19, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $55 Billion

The Federal Reserve is scaling back its monthly securities purchases to $55 billion from $65 billion. The Fed’s stimulus program is “not on a pre‐set course and the committee’s decisions about the pace of purchases remain contingent on its outlook...

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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2,028,000

That’s about how many people were newly unemployed in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The 2,028,000 who lost a job last month after holding one in the previous month rose for the third consecutive month, from 1,910,000 in...

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16, 2014.

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16, 2014.

Bernanke at Brookings: ‘Rescuer-in-Chief’ in Residence

Ben Bernanke reigned for two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve and is widely credited for steering the American economy through its worst crisis since the Great Depression, of which he is a student. Bernanke has a new forum...

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Federal Reserve vice-chair Janet Yellen attends a ceremony marking the centennial of the founding of the Federal Reserve in Washington on Dec. 16, 2013.

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Federal Reserve vice-chair Janet Yellen attends a ceremony marking the centennial of the founding of the Federal Reserve in Washington on Dec. 16, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 68%

That’s the share of senators voting yesterday who approved the nomination of Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve. Yellen, who will become the first woman to lead the central bank, was confirmed on a 56-26 vote. Eleven Republicans voted...

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