US Economy

Growth picking up: Fed 'beige book'

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Federal Reserve survey shows US growth gaining momentum as winter chill thaws.

Yellen outlines rates reasoning

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Fed chair says 'three big questions' need to be answered before rates lift.

Fed rates move tipped in 2015

Atlanta Fed President says first rates move likely in second half of 2015.

US industrial output modest in March

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US industrial production grew 0.7 per cent in March after Feb numbers revised higher.

US housing starts rise in March

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New housing starts climb 2.8%, fall just shy of market expectations.

Five things to know about the Fed’s obsession with inflation

The US Federal Reserve’s easy money policies are not only failing to boost inflation and growth, but actually distract from meaningful reform.

Yellen urges 'shadow banking' curbs

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Fed chair calls for stronger capital standards, improved credit market regulation.

US inflation strengthens in March

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Inflation remains subdued despite strong lift in food prices.

Retail sales show the US recovery is in the bag

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A strong showing in retail sales highlights the resilience of the US economy after earlier setbacks, and should give the Fed confidence to end its asset purchases sooner rather than later.

US retail sales jump 1.1% in March

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Retail sales growth hits highest level in 18 months as harsh winter comes to end.

G20 leaders worry Ukraine crisis could lead to economic instability

Attention from global body's attempts to boost worldwide growth overshadowed.

US consumer sentiment rises

Consumers shaking off their winter blues as Easter approaches.

Producer prices rise 0.5% in US

Long stretch of subdued inflation bucked in March, beating economists' expectations.

More money, more problems: Obama whacks the wealthy

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Wealthy US citizens find themselves at the centre of Barack Obama's tax agenda, but will his policies have any effect on their spending habits?

US budget deficit narrows in first half

US government back on track for smallest budget deficit in six years.

US jobless claims drop to 7-year low

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Number of people seeking unemployment benefits falls in positive sign for labour market.

A step forward for Fed policy certainty

After generating much confusion and market volatility, the Fed has finally elected to replace its forward guidance thresholds, allowing it to be more flexible while the economy recovers.

Fed reassures market on rates

Minutes of latest meeting show accommodative stance to remain in force.

IMF cuts global growth forecast

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World Economic Outlook shows broader recovery, tips Aust growth below trend.

Fed policy 'sufficiently aggressive': Bullard

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Non-voting Fed member says unconventional policy has been effective.

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