Monetary Policy and the Fed

Monetary policy in the United States is conducted by the Federal Reserve, the country's central bank. Here's all you need to know about how monetary policy is planned and executed, and how it impacts the economy.
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The Most Powerful Interest Rate in the World
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Liquidity Is the Lever That Controls Your Finances
FOMC Chair Jerome Powell
What You Need to Know About the Federal Open Market Committee Meeting
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What Is the Consumer Price Index?
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Why the Fed Removed the Reserve Requirement
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How Rising Interest Rates Affect You
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Who Really Owns the Federal Reserve?
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Why Do Interest Rates Ever Need to Rise?
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How Low Interest Rates Create More Money for You
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Why the Fed Must Raise Interest Rates
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Does the Federal Reserve or U.S. Treasury Print Money?
Former Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen answers questions at a news conference
How QE4 Changed Fed History
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Why the Government Wants You to Expect Inflation
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How Much Money Is There in the United States?
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee April 14, 2010 in Washington, DC.
QE1 and How It Stopped the 2008 Recession
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Four Tools Central Banks Use to Control the World Economy
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Why Your New Home Will Cost More Next Year
Operation Twist
What Was "Operation Twist" and How Did It Work?
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The History of Operation Twist
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The Fed's Tools and How They Work
What Was QE2 and Did It Work?
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Fed Tapering's Impact on Investors
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Who Are the Leaders in the Battle Against Inflation?
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How QE3 Boldly Went Where No Fed Policy Had Gone Before