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Central Banking and Economics Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Reporter covering Federal Reserve and economics at The Wall Street Journal. Previously at Reuters. Reasonably confident interest rates will one day rise again.

Yellen Meetings With Medley Global Come Under Scrutiny

wsj.com — Congressional efforts to press the Federal Reserve for more details about a possible leak have suddenly focused attention on Chairwoman Janet Yellen's contacts with financial firms. Ms. Yellen met in 2011 and 2012 with a representative of Medley Global Advisors, the financial consultancy involved in several investigations into its publication of sensitive details of internal Fed policy deliberations.

Fed’s Yellen Cites Progress on Bank Regulation

wsj.com — The Federal Reserve and other financial regulators have made the banking system a lot safer following the historic financial crisis of 2008, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday. "We and other supervisory agencies have made significant progress in addressing incentive problems within the financial sector, especially within the banking sector," Ms. Yellen said in prepared remarks that didn't address the current state of the...

Yellen Meetings With Financial Firm Come Under Scrutiny

wsj.com — Congressional efforts to press the Federal Reserve for more details about a possible leak have suddenly focused attention on Chairwoman Janet Yellen's contacts with financial firms. Ms. Yellen met in 2011 and 2012 with a representative of Medley Global Advisors, the financial consultancy involved in several investigations into its publication of sensitive details of internal Fed policy deliberations.

As Fed Shines Light on Shadow Banking, Its Regulatory Limits Get Laid Bare

wsj.com — As Federal Reserve officials ramp up their efforts to monitor and curb risky activities by financial firms outside the banking system, a key question is emerging: What can they do about any problems they find? The so-called shadow-banking system is growing again in the U.S.

Fed Set to End QE3, but Not the QE Concept

online.wsj.com — Federal Reserve officials meeting Tuesday and Wednesday are virtually certain to end their latest bond-buying program, but they won't be retiring the policy for good. Their recent comments show bond purchases are now an established part of the Fed's policy tool kit that they could employ again in times of deep economic trouble.

‘Slack’ in Job Market Hurts Wage Growth, Chicago Fed Paper Says

blogs.wsj.com — The U.S. labor market still has plenty of unused capacity or "slack," and that hurts workers at the bottom of the income ladder the most, according to a paper released Friday by two economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. They say labor market conditions have "yet to revert fully to prerecessionary levels."

Kocherlakota Says Fed Still Missing Inflation, Jobs Goals

blogs.wsj.com — U.S. inflation has remained consistently below the Federal Reserve's 2% inflation target and is forecast to continue doing so, while the broader economy is still "some way" from full employment, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota s aid Friday.

James Bullard Says Fed Getting ‘Pretty Close’ to Policy Goals

blogs.wsj.com — In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said falling unemployment and rising inflation are bringing the Federal Reserve closer to its goals more rapidly than policy makers had foreseen, and may justify raising interest rates as early as the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Fed Exit Fears Overstated, S&P Economist Says

blogs.wsj.com — Worries that the Federal Reserve's attempt to unwind extraordinary monetary support for the U.S. economy will go awry - because the central bank is in uncharted territory - are excessively alarmist, Standard & Poor's chief global economist Paul Sheard says in a new report.

Decline in 'Slack' Helps Fed Gauge Recovery

online.wsj.com — U.S. factories that were idled during the recession are now humming with activity. Office and apartment buildings have less empty space. Unemployment is falling, while wages and benefits are growing slowly. All are signs of an economy still healing from a deep downturn that created lots of economic slack: the gap between the resources we have...
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May 21, 2015

RT @WSJCentralBanks: The Senate Banking Committee adopts financial-regulation bill in party-line vote on.wsj.com/1K6MyQv

May 21, 2015

RT @BCAppelbaum: John Williams (SF Fed) says Fed minutes have become too detailed, constraining debate. #hooverfedconference

May 21, 2015

RT @BenLeubsdorf: Fed's Fischer says the European monetary union will likely survive, but greater fiscal integration is needed on.wsj.com/1eiE2DR

May 21, 2015

RT @WSJCentralBanks: San Francisco Fed President John Williams touts the value of an inflation target on.wsj.com/1FB7eQO

May 21, 2015

RT @ProfJulieHill: A bank's reliance on short-term funds is a harbinger of crisis, Dallas Fed research says on.wsj.com/1cNqRcZ via @WSJecon

May 21, 2015

Export growth: U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says reuters.com/article/idUSKB…

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