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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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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, in Washington, D.C.

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, in Washington, D.C.

Tapering the Easing: Only in D.C.

Only in Washington is tapering the opposite of easing. Then again, only here might the QE2 be a bond purchase. The Federal Reserve announced today that it will cut its monthly bond purchases to $75 billion — down from $85...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with House Republican leaders and President Barack Obama on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with House Republican leaders and President Barack Obama on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Shutdown Journal: Day 11

Updated at 7:12 through 4:30 pm EDT With reporting on “Political Capital” program interviews by Jonathan Salant Getting there, slowly: “Discussions are still ongoing with the White House,,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said this afternoon, as the...

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks on television in New York.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks on television in New York.

Shrinking Deficit Likely to Help Fed Reduce Bond Buys

When the Federal Reserve announced it would purchase $45 billion a month of Treasury bonds to support the economy, it probably anticipated there’d be plenty to buy. After all, the Fed made its December announcement just a few months after...

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Congress is coming back today, looking to find a solution to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that start Jan. 1, 2013.

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Congress is coming back today, looking to find a solution to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that start Jan. 1, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1.79%

That’s the average annual yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasuries, and it’s the lowest average on record. Congress is coming back today, looking to find a solution to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that...

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks to the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 20, 2012.

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks to the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 20, 2012.

Bernanke’s Green Light for Easing

The latest inflation reports tied to consumer spending give Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a green light to consider stepping up asset purchases, or quantitative easing. Today’s Commerce Department report showed that a measure of prices tied to spending advanced 1.7...

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Big Bird from Sesame Street may be an endangered species.

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Big Bird from Sesame Street may be an endangered species.

Romney: Obama `Creating Debt’ — Obama: Created Long Before

Unemployment isn’t the only weapon in Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign arsenal. There’s still a record federal deficit — $1.3 trillion on an annual basis — and accrued federal debt: $16 trillion. “President Obama says he’s creating jobs, but he’s really...

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