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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.

Behind good news headlines on recovery and jobs we are no better off than at the start of this slump

Recession will have lasted three years longer than any other in the past 100 years

Mark Carney's speech implied there would be no early rise in interest rates

Carney should learn the discipline of burgernomics

He can try to talk down sterling, but the Big Mac index, based on the cost of one of the world’s favourite fast food item, shows it’s just about right

Davos 2014: Mark Carney pours cold water on odds of imminent rise in interest rates

The Bank of England’s flagship policy of forward guidance on interest rates will “evolve” next month, Mark Carney said yesterday, as he sought again to dampen expectations of an imminent rate rise.

Money Insider: Longest not always best in credit card war

The battle between credit card companies striving to offer the longest zero per cent term for balance transfers has moved up a notch in the past four or five weeks.

Paul Fisher warns Bank of England must avoid 'pouring oil on fire' over house prices

The Bank of England must avoid "pouring oil on the fire" of rising house prices, rate-setter Paul Fisher has warned.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney may decide to increase interest rates if unemployment continues to drop

Bank of England seeks to ease rate hike fears as the pound soars

City traders sent the pound soaring following a shock fall in unemployment and the first explicit signal from the Bank of England on how it would handle a hike in interest rates.

Bad weather blamed for December's worse-than-expected US unemployment numbers

Employers in the United States hired only 74,000 new workers in December, well below the almost 200,000 that many economists had predicted -- although the December number may have been affected by bad weather.

Construction firms saw a 4 per cent slide in output over November

Blow to economic recovery hopes: construction output slides and industrial sector stagnates

Recovery hopes were hit with a double setback today as Britain's builders were hit with "a shocker" of a decline and the nation's industrial sector stagnated in November.

Jobs market boom sustained by Midlands and the North

The UK economy is creating jobs at its fastest pace in almost four years, according to a new survey, with the strongest growth seen in the Midlands and the North.

In Brief: Confidence at a high; Jets fly with 3-D printer parts; Britain hosts intellectual property fights; Bank likely to hold rates low

Confidence at highest level for 20 years

Metal components created through 3D printing have been flown on Tornado fighter jets for the first time. The move paves the way for the defence contractor BAE Systems to use 3D printed parts in other military kit, which could end up saving the Royal Air Force more than £1.2m to 2017.

Carney wins approval of finance directors

Britain’s finance directors “like what they’ve seen” of Mark Carney in his first six months as Bank of England Governor, according to Deloitte’s top number-cruncher.

Biggest house-price leap in four years sparks affordability worry

Nationwide warns affordability may become 'stretched' if demand continues to outstrip supply

What the Sunday papers said

Independent on Sunday: IT firms lose billions after NSA scandal

American technology firms have lost billions of dollars of business from Asia in the wake of the National Security Agency scandal. Financial filings from IBM and Cisco reveal the two have seen sales slump by more than $1.7bn (£1.03bn) year-on-year in the key Asia-Pacific region as governments and businesses shun American IT firms.

A pre-election rate hike could actually improve David Cameron's chances of staying in Downing Street, rather than damaging them, as has been widely thought.

Interest rate rise would make more people 'better off', poll finds - and could help David Cameron to stay in Downing Street

More people believe they would be helped than harmed by a rise in interest rates, according to a new survey.

Jim Armitage: Listening to Boston common sense would have helped the Fed on QE

Outlook All hail the Bostonians. The American city that brought us JFK, Ted Kennedy and, er, John Kerry has had a history of liberal leaders on the whole more often right than wrong. Even, let's be honest with ourselves, when they faced the Brits, in that little matter of the 1773 wet tea chest competition.

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