Slashing the interest rate to historic lows was one of the ways that the Federal Open Markets Committee tried to get the US economy growing again after the crisis hit.
Some analysts are the FOMC announcement the most important thing to happen to global markets since Lehman brothers went bust in 2008
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Opec disarray and expectations of Fed hike push oil price down by 5 per cent
The Federal Reserve and Bank of England can’t see that things are good enough to raise interest rates
The Department of Labor reported that 142,000 non-farm jobs were created in the month, well down on the 201,000 that analysts had expected
US interest rates have been at historic lows since the financial crisis in 2007
The White House is preparing new rules to ease embargo on Cuba; US Federal Reserve decides to leave interest unchanged
The US Senate on Monday confirmed Janet Yellen as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve by a vote of 56 to 26.
A week in Washington has convinced me that the economy there has turned the corner. Interest rates are rising, which means that ours will surely follow
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An uneven recovery began to strengthen. The US, despite having to cope with feuding over its budget, seems to have sped up
Economic View: The better the economy does, the quicker rates rise and the greater the pressure on shares
Fresh figures undermine the Chancellor’s boasts amid speculation over tapering
The online currency Bitcoin plummeted more than 20 per cent today after Chinese regulators banned financial institutions from using it.
The price at which a single unit of the digital currency trades has risen dramatically in recent months