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The US economy continued to grow in the final quarter of the year, expanding at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Fed chief's warning on jobs lifts bonds hopes

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, warned that the recent reduction in unemployment in the world's largest economy may not be sustainable, reigniting hopes of central bank intervention to stoke the recovery.

David Blanchflower: Ben Bernanke's history lesson: doing too little is worse than too much

Economic Outlook: Policy inaction in 1928 and 1929 and premature tightening were major errors

Interest rates in US held despite inflation fears

The Federal Reserve has brushed off concerns that soaring oil prices will trigger a rise in long-term inflation in the world's largest economy, promising to keep US interest rates at rock-bottom levels well into 2014.

Judy Murray is leading the current team

Great Britain to face Sweden in Fed Cup

Great Britain have been drawn away to Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on April 21-22.

Jim Leaviss: Jobless youth is secret new worry for the West's central bankers

Economic Outlook: Unemployment eats away at the fabric of society … the UK could well see more of the riots last summer

Gloom continues in US homes market

There is no respite from the gloom in the US housing market, where the number of new homes sold unexpectedly fell last month and prices remain down on the previous year.

Simon English: Bank of England should copy chairman Ben

Outlook: News from the US Federal Reserve, where Ben Bernanke achieved "one of his primary goals" as chairman, according to Bloomberg yesterday, by setting a numeric goal for inflation.

Fed to keep interest rates 'near zero ' until late 2014

US interest rates will stay at rock-bottom levels for almost another three years, the Federal Reserve promised last night, signalling its belief that a return to economic prosperity was still over the horizon.

Stephen Foley: Volcker Rule is useless in tackling systemic risk

US Outlook: There are so many good reasons to hate the Volcker Rule, it is surprising that lobbyists against it have thrown up so many disingenuous objections, too.

'I'd like the record to show that I think you [Alan Greenspan] are pretty terrific too' - Tim Geithner then President of New York Federal Reserve

Crisis? Crash? Minutes of US Fed's 2006 meetings reveal little worry

America's top financial experts continued to heap praise on Bernanke as economy collapsed

Enter stage right: now Ron Paul takes the lead

As Romney falters, the latest frontrunner in the Republican nomination saga is the most extreme

Stephen Foley: If we don't mend our broken telephones, then a lot more kittens will be crushed

US Outlook: In the UK it's called Chinese Whispers.

Bernanke bites back at critics of economic policies at Fed

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, is launching a counter-offensive against its growing number of critics, penning a muscular defence of its actions during the 2008 financial panic and readying the publication of new details about how it sets American monetary policy.

US jobless rate drops to 8.6 per cent

US employment growth picked up speed in November and the jobless rate dropped to a two and a half low of 8.6 per cent, further evidence the economic recovery was gaining momentum.

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