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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 dismisses suggestions that policies created 'bubble conditions'

The Federal Reserve chairman-designate Janet Yellen vigorously defended the central bank's stimulus policies today, dismissing suggestions it had created "bubble conditions" in financial markets. She left scant doubt the Fed under her leadership would continue this strategy until the economy had returned to normal.

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Is the sun rising on Japan – or is this just another false dawn?

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Segarra claims NY Fed fired her ‘for Goldman finding’

By early 2012, Carmen Segarra, then a bank examiner at the New York Federal Reserve, had gathered enough information to convince her colleagues whose job it was to keep tabs on big banks that Goldman Sachs, one of the most influential financial institutions in the world, was lacking in its conflicts of interest policies.

Fed looks to taper stimulus this year

Janet Yellen named to chair Fed as latest minutes reveal central bank concerns

Head of the Fed: Janet Yellen is not just more of the same

To characterise Yellen as simply a safe pair of hands is to mistake the circumstances in which she takes up her post

President Obama nominates current vice chair Janet Yellen as new head of Federal Reserve

If she replaces Ben Bernanke, Ms Yellen would be the first woman to lead the American central bank

US shutdown: Markets drift on IMF warning over global economy

Global stock markets drifted Wednesday as news the Federal Reserve's vice chair will be nominated to head the US central bank gave only a slight lift to investor sentiment darkened by an IMF warning on the global economy.

3.5 billion of the new notes have been produced, worth $350bn

US unveils new $100 bill to foil foreign counterfeiters

The US Federal Reserve has begun circulating new $100 notes, introducing new anti-counterfeiting features – including a distinctive splash of colour – that have been more than a decade in the making.

US shutdown: Pound surges to year high against dollar

Greenback took a hit after Congress and White House failed to reach deal to keep funding administration after current budget year ends

Lloyd’s of London profits hit by slump in investments

A slump in returns from investments such as bonds hit profits at Lloyd’s of London during the first half of the year.

Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan's chairman and chief executive, apologised for initially dismissing the affair as

JP Morgan fined £570m over ‘London Whale’ trading losses

Wall Street Bank agrees to make payouts to four regulators in compensation for derivative losses in 2012 costing $6.2bn

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's move back from slowing the stimulus sent jubilant investors racing back into risky assets at the prospect of extended easy money

Investors rush back as the Fed keeps on pumping cash

Investors piled into shares, bonds and the pound today after the US Federal Reserve's shock decision not to slow the pace of its money-printing programme.

Canada stocks drop ahead of US Federal Reserve decision

Canada's main stock index was slightly lower on Wednesday, with investors unwilling to make big bets ahead of a US Federal Reserve announcement later in the day on whether it will start scaling back its stimulus program.

Lloyds shares dip after landmark government stake sale

Stock was down 2% or 1.9p at 75.4p as City institutions digested a £3.2bn sale

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