Central banking

FILE - This June 13, 2019, file photo shows a new home is for sale in Mechanicsville, Va. On Thursday, July 18, Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 18, 2019 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week after three weeks of holding steady, tipped higher by expectations that the Federal Reserve could reduce interest rates soon. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark 30-year mortgage increased to 3.81...
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Bank of Korea Gov. Lee Ju-yeol speaks during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 18, 2019. South Korea's central bank on Thursday cut its policy rate for the first time in three years to combat a faltering economy that faces further risks from a heated trade dispute with Japan. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 18, 2019 - 3:25 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank on Thursday cut its policy rate for the first time in three years to shore up growth threatened by a trade dispute with Japan. The Bank of Korea lowered its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.50% following a meeting of its...
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U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a dinner hosted by the Bank of France in Paris, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies will weigh risks from new digital currencies and debate how to tax U.S. tech companies like Google and Amazon when they meet in the Paris suburb of Chantilly tomorrow. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
July 16, 2019 - 2:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the 2008 financial crisis accelerated major changes in the U.S. and global economies, leading to slower growth, lower inflation and lower interest rates. Delivering remarks to a Paris economic conference, Powell said that...
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 15, 2019 - 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration came out strongly Monday against Facebook's ambitious plan to create a new digital currency, as the Treasury chief warned it could be used for illicit activity such as money laundering, human trafficking and financing terrorism. Treasury Secretary Steven...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo trader James Riley works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 15. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 15, 2019 - 10:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading Monday on Wall Street as a decline in banks offset solid gains in technology companies. The losses follow record high finishes for every major stock index last week. The S&P 500 index also pushed above 3,000 for the first time. Citi led banks...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo specialist John Parisi, left, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 12. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 12, 2019 - 3:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were modestly higher in afternoon trading on Friday, as declines in health care stocks were offset by gains in technology, consumer discretionary and industrial company stocks. The gains came a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 27,000 points for the...
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A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, July 12, 2019. Shares in Asia are mostly higher after a turbulent day on Wall Street ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
July 12, 2019 - 6:58 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher on Friday after Wall Street ended overnight with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. Germany's DAX edged 5.68 points higher to 12,337.80 while the CAC 40 in France surged 0.6% to 5,585.27. Britain's FTSE climbed 0...
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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell presents the monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee, July 11, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 11, 2019 - 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, testifying for a second day before Congress, said Thursday that the economy is in a "very good place" despite headwinds and that the Fed is prepared to do what it can to "keep it there." Powell's comments before the Senate Banking Committee...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo a house on the market has a "new price" sign fixed on the realtor's sign in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, July 11, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
July 11, 2019 - 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were mostly unchanged this week amid signals from the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to cut interest rates soon. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year mortgage stood at 3.75%, the same as the...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 10, 2019 - 7:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's presentation of the Fed's semi-annual monetary report to Congress. (all times local) 7:20 p.m. Testimony by Chairman Jerome Powell to a House Committee about the economic outlook led investors to send stock prices up, bond...
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