• WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said the statement suggested that the Fed "is still taking the view that the collapse in oil prices is a net positive for the economy."

  • TOKYO, Jan 29- Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year despite an uncertain global outlook. Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended its drop and...

  • Why surprise parties are central banks' new thing Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    After years of carefully telegraphing their outlooks to the market, central bankers are loosening up with surprise parties, with Singapore the latest to jump in.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year. "The committee, in fact, was downright bullish on current economic conditions and the outlook," said Paul Edelstein, director of financial...

  • Fed could raise in second half: Analyst  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    Ethan Harris, Co-Head of Global Economics Research, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, says the Fed could raise rates in the second half of this year. The Fed must look at inflation and the unemployment rate, he says.

  • *Singapore dollar slides on surprise easing. In an unscheduled policy statement, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said that it is reducing the slope of its policy band for the Singapore dollar because the inflation outlook has "shifted significantly" since its last review in October 2014. The surprise easing, the first unscheduled policy change in over a...

  • Singapore surprises with easing, clubbing currency Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 10:59 PM ET

    Singapore's central bank surprised markets with a between-meeting easing amid nearly non-existent inflation, decking the city-state's currency.

  • TOKYO, Jan 28- The dollar stepped back from a 11- year peak against a basket of currencies after soft spending data and some disappointing earnings cast doubts about the underlying optimism on the U.S. economic outlook. The euro ticked up to $1.1362, extending its rebound from a 11- year low of $1.1098 hit on Monday. "I would say the dollar selling we've seen so far is...

  • Santelli: No symmetry today  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses bond prices and yields.

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 27- Brazilian mall and supermarket associations on Tuesday forecast slowing sales growth after a weak 2014, with revenues scarcely keeping up with inflation and store openings as consumer sentiment sours. The meager 2015 forecasts reinforce a grim outlook for Brazilian retailers, as higher taxes, rising interest rates and stagnant job growth...

  • Cat CEO's appeal to the Fed: Don't hike rates soon Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:47 AM ET
    Doug Oberhleman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar.

    Caterpillar's Doug Oberhelman tells CNBC the Fed should put off raising interest rates given the "fragile economy."

  • Santelli: Not going anywhere quickly  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses bond prices and yields.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 26- Ratings agency S&P said on Monday it had cut Russia's sovereign credit rating to BB+ or below investment grade with a negative outlook, and said Russia's economic growth prospects have weakened. It could not only harm Russia's image among investors, but also push up its borrowing costs, as many mainstream investment and pension funds have rules...

  • S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    LONDON— Standard& Poor's rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook. Russia's economy has been hit hard by the double impact of weaker prices for its energy exports as well as Western sanctions. Standard& Poor's said that Russia's financial system is weakening, limiting room for...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Many Bank of Japan board members said slumping oil prices will weigh on inflation short-term but will accelerate price rises in the long run by stimulating the economy, minutes of the bank's policy-setting meeting in December showed. Some members voiced caution over risks to Japan's economic outlook, pointing to weak consumer and business...

  • *BlackRock chief points to more pessimistic mood in Davos. Two days after the European Central Bank launched a bold bond-buying drive to revive inflation in the euro zone, a top ECB official warned that Europe's common currency project could come unstuck if the bloc limped on with sluggish growth and mass unemployment. Reviewing the global economic outlook at...

  • Global economy hopes raised after European stimulus Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland— The global economic outlook just got brighter after this week's big stimulus from the European Central Bank, leading policymakers from around the world said Saturday. In a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they said a perkier Europe, coupled with a prolonged period of low oil prices, could help shore up the global economy following a...

  • Santelli: Somewhat treading water  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses bond prices and yields.

  • Can you still trust these economic indicators? Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    The bond market and commodity prices used to be the best economic gauges. But can you still trust them?

  • Goldman's Blankfein: This market hard to figure out Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 8:38 AM ET
    Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs Group

    Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein tells CNBC that stock volatility is probably back for the foreseeable future.