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The Fed's dwindling confidence in its own outlook is creating a policy problem that may require Janet Yellen to lay out her own views more forcefully.
St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard says low growth and a very low fed funds rate of just 63 basis points will likely remain in place through 2018.
Starts slipped as multifamily housing construction dropped, but gains in building permits suggested a rebound that would continue to support growth.
Amid the data deluge Thursday morning, one number may have stood out more than others, at least to the Fed.
Fed policymakers "don't have a vision" for where the U.S. economy is going, Allianz Chief Economic Adviser Mohamed El-Erian tells CNBC.
U.S. consumer prices moderated in May, but sustained increases in housing and health care costs kept underlying inflation supported.
The Fed is the only institution in D.C. supporting economic growth, but its low-rate policy could be backfiring, Richard Fisher says.
Jim Grant explains what he believes to be the Fed's next move, in light of its decision not to raise interest rates.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment rose more than expected last week.
The Federal Reserve may not raise interest rates until Christmas, Federated's Phil Orlando says.
Prices rose for a second straight month, but a strong dollar and lower energy prices will likely keep inflation tame.
U.S. industrial production fell more than expected in May on a decline in utilities output and auto manufacturing, the Federal Reserve said.
Economic concerns pushed mortgage rates to lows not seen since early 2015, but that did nothing to spur homebuyers.
Sales rose more than expected in May, suggesting economic growth was gaining steam despite a sharp slowdown in job creation.
U.S. import prices recorded their biggest increase in more than four years in May on rising costs of petroleum and other products.
Small business confidence edged up amid growing concerns about weak sales growth, which are hurting spending on goods and inventory investment.
There were 5.8 million job openings in April, beating analyst expectations of 5.7 million, and up from 5.76 million job openings in March.
Nearly half of the unemployed have quit looking for work and the numbers are even worse for the long-term jobless.
Last week's weak jobs report pushed interest rates lower, but the desire for mortgages was already on the rise.
If Fed Chair Janet Yellen has her way, there likely will be two rate hikes this year, contrary to current market expectations.
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