The Federal Reserve is still expected to lower benchmark borrowing costs later today despite unexpected signs of strength in the economy.
Fed policy-makers began meeting as financial markets continued to bet that the central bank will cut interest rates to shore up the faltering housing and credit markets.
The dollar fell to a record low against the euro for the third consecutive session on Tuesday, a day ahead of the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting at which an interest rate cut is expected.
The United States is strongly committed to a strong U.S. dollar and financial markets there are recovering from the subprime loan crisis even if the housing market has yet to touch bottom, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday.
The Federal Reserve is expected to lower interest rates again this week as insurance against the threat that declining home prices and higher borrowing costs will push the economy into recession.
A Federal Reserve interest rate cut this week is no sure thing and officials are not seriously considering a half-point reduction in overnight rates, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday without citing sources.
The dollar sank to another record against the euro on Monday, trading at as much as $1.44 against the 13-nation currency for the first time, as markets anticipated a likely interest rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve this week.
The dollar slipped to record lows against the euro and a basket of currencies Friday as investors, faced with a run of weak U.S. economic data, anticipate a Federal Reserve interest rate cut next week.
Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said on Monday that outside of housing the U.S. economy is "moving forward," and that the Fed could not afford to go soft on inflation.
Marc Faber, editor and publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, thinks the worst is yet to come for the global economy. Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box," the economist and managing director of Marc Faber Ltd., explained his bearish outlook -- and offered advice for how to play a glum market.
The dollar rebounded from a fresh low on Monday after as traders pared back bets against the currency after the weekend's Group of Seven meeting yielded no call to action on the falling greenback.
The dollar hit a fresh record low against the euro and a basket of currencies on Friday, pressured by the growing view that a slowdown in the U.S. economy will force another cut in interest rates this month.
Federal Reserve policymakers weigh a broad range of economic scenarios to determine the right moves on interest rates during times of uncertainty, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.
Federal Reserve policy maker Thomas Hoenig said on Wednesday he was open minded about the future direction of U.S. interest rates but was on alert for fallout from financial market woes.
The dollar dropped to a record low against a basket of currencies and the euro Thursday, after Bank of America's third-quarter earnings results missed estimates, renewing concerns of a U.S. economic slowdown.
The dollar fell broadly Wednesday after a report showed housing starts dropped to their lowest level in 14 years in September, adding to concerns that the housing market may drag on the US economy.
The summary of the Beige Book released by the Federal Reserve prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and based on information collected on or before October 5, 2007.
The dollar rose against the euro and high-yielding currencies such as the New Zealand dollar Tuesday, as investors grew cautious of risky trades amid a sell-off in global equities and a surge in oil prices.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spooked investors by saying a full recovery in financial markets may not happen right away.