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Investors take the Fed's announcement as a sign that the US economy is strong enough to support further stock market gains
America's central bank acts after two year budget deal was recently agreed in Congress - removing the threat of another government shutdown in the near future
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
Letter from US Federal Reserve chairman highlights the "long-term promise" of virtual currencies
'Abenomics' seems to be doing the trick for the second-largest economy after two 'lost decades'. Danielle Levy reports
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.
Wall Street Bank agrees to make payouts to four regulators in compensation for derivative losses in 2012 costing $6.2bn
Poll gives US President lowest approval rating in nearly two years
Economic View: I personally find it astounding that the West could have allowed such a build up of debt to occur
FTSE 100 up by more than 40 points, led by mining stocks as Fed head Ben Bernanke says he's committed to monetary stimulus
Boost for George Osborne's deficit-busting plans as it almost entirely reverses the IMF's earlier growth forecast cuts
World stock markets fell sharply today after the US Federal Reserve said it could start scaling back its huge economic stimulus programme later this year and a survey showed a slowdown in manufacturing in China.
A worldwide share plunge saw the FTSE 100 Index fall more than 100 points today as a run of pessimism on the markets pulled leading stocks further down from near-record heights seen just a few weeks ago.
The unemployment rate rsoe from 7.5 to 7.6 per cent
Economic View: We will need all sorts of devices in the future to stop government borrowing crowding out everyone else