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John Ydstie

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Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.

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With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Conflict in oil-producing regions usually sends oil prices higher. But the cost of oil has actually dropped, despite turmoil in the Middle East. Economists say it's a matter of supply and demand.

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Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.

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A Disappointing Jobs Report May Mask Economy's Strength

Friday, September 05, 2014

The latest labor report indicates a slowdown in job growth, but many economists aren't buying it. They say other data paint a stronger picture, but the jobs numbers may delay higher interest rates.

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How Close Is The Economy To Full Employment?

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 142,000 jobs were added to the economy in August, far below expectations. So the view that the Fed won't likely hike interest rates until mid-2015 remains intact.

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Fed Officials Debate Timing Of Interest Rate Hike

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Minutes of the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting show that a number of officials believe the benchmark rate should rise sooner than is currently expected.

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China Investigates Lexus For Anti-Monopoly Violations

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Toyota says it will lower prices of auto parts for its Lexus models in China. This comes after Chinese regulators raised concerns over possible antitrust violations in the country's auto industry.

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Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Crosses Milestone

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Class A share of Berkshire Hathaway is now worth more than $200,000. Warren Buffett created the conglomerate about 50 years ago, and he has refused to split Berkshire's shares.

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Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Projections suggest that climate change will hurt agriculture in most parts of the world. But some areas of the U.S. could actually see a benefit as corn production moves farther north.

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Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.

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Russia Retaliates For Western Sanctions With Ban On Food Imports

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Russia reacted to Western economic sanctions by imposing a yearlong ban on U.S. and European food products. Moscow also made clear it's still considering other measures.

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In July Jobs Numbers, Fodder For Cautious Optimism

Friday, August 01, 2014

According to new numbers, the U.S. economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace in July. Employers added 209,000 jobs to their payrolls, and while the report showed the unemployment rate ticking up slightly to 6.2 percent, even that was a somewhat positive sign.

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July Jobs Report Less Stellar Than June's, But Still Strong

Friday, August 01, 2014

The government's July unemployment report, released Friday, showed the economy added 209,000 jobs. The unemployment rate rose .1 percent โ€” but analysts say there was a good reason for the increase.

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Fast Growth Does Little To Budge Fed's Caution โ€” For Now

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers are announcing that the Fed plans to leave short-term interest rates at a level near zero. This, despite an economy that grew at a surprisingly strong 4 percent annual rate in the most recent quarter.

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U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.

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All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings

Friday, July 25, 2014

For the first time in years, all of the major U.S. airlines are doing well. American Airlines Group said its second-quarter profits were the highest in the company's history. American only recently exited bankruptcy protection, so the results represent an impressive turnaround.

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What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them.

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GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.

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Despite Brightening Signs, Fed Is Likely To Stay The Course

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill, delivering her semi-annual economic report to Congress. Yellen expressed concern that labor force participation remains weak and that there's been a lack of progress in the housing sector.

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Political Support Erodes For Export-Import Bank

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Free market Republicans want to shut down the Export-Import Bank, claiming it is a rancid example of crony capitalism. The fight has laid bare a sharp philosophical split within the GOP.

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