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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

Markets in turmoil as traders face new shocks

The IEA's move to rein in oil prices added to the anxieties of stock market investors around the world yesterday, prompting a rollercoaster ride on leading exchanges as the contagion spread.

Market Report: Banks finish in the red over ring-fencing fears

Investors withdrew from the banks last night, as analysts warned that the market was not taking into account the damage that could be caused by plans to force the sector to ring-fence its high street operations.

More quantitive easing not on Federal Reserve agenda

The Federal Reserve blamed temporary factors for the current soft patch in the US economy, closing down for now any suggestion it could consider a third programme of quantitative easing.

Stephen Foley: Inflation targets will stay Bernanke's hand

US Outlook: When Ben Bernanke took over as chairman of the Federal Reserve in 2007, it looked like one of his early moves might be to introduce an explicit inflation target for the central bank's interest rate-setting committee.

Fed Reserve may target US inflation to control prices

The Federal Reserve, the US central bank, is considering publishing a formal inflation target as a way of keeping prices under control.

Stephen Foley: Bernanke remains scholar and gentleman

US Outlook: Jamie Dimon is on the board of the New York Federal Reserve and a power player on Wall Street. He has no shortage of opportunities to make diplomatic overtures behind the scenes to the central bank and to its chairman, Ben Bernanke. His question to Mr Bernanke this week was therefore a deliberate public ambush. Has the Fed "bothered" to study the effect of Wall Street reform on the economic recovery?

Seconds Out: The Great Banking Fightback

Barclays and JPMorgan are leading a counter-attack against banker-bashing. Sean Farrell and Stephen Foley report

Bank 'amnesia' threatens reforms, says regulator

Shelia Bair, the outgoing chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, one of the most powerful US financial regulators, warned yesterday that "amnesia" over the 2007-2009 credit crisis is threatening important Wall Street reforms.

Market Report: African Barrick loses its shine amid tax worries

Fears that the Tanzanian government might move to impose a windfall levy on mining profits undermined the mood around African Barrick Gold last night.

Dimon confronts Bernanke over banking rules

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, one of Wall Street's most powerful banks, took his complaints about too much regulation directly to the chairman of the Federal Reserve last night, challenging Ben Bernanke to prove that new banking rules are not crimping the economic recovery.

The Business On: Peter Diamond, Professor of Economics, MIT

What's his specialism?

Stephen Foley: Now, where is US inflation hiding?

US Outlook: Some people will never be persuaded that inflation is dead. But the US Government released a picture of the labour market here yesterday, and it was notable for the absence of any wage inflation pressures.

No U-turn on economic aid, Bernanke insists

The US Federal Reserve stood firm in its commitment to an exceptionally loose monetary policy in the world's largest economy, dismissing concerns yesterday over inflation and promising to hold interest rates at their current zero rate for an extended period.

Bernanke to confront his critics as US economic recovery stutters once again

Weakening economic growth and sliding house prices in the world's largest economy form the backdrop to the first-ever press conference by a Federal Reserve chairman, to be held after the US central bank makes its latest interest rate decision today.

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