Jerome Powell

Is the economy in a recession? ‘What you call it is less relevant,’ says one economist: Here’s ‘what really matters’

‘We should have an objective definition’ Officially, the NBER defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months.” In fact, the latest quarterly gross domestic product report, which tracks the overall health of the economy, showed a second consecutive contraction this year. Still, …

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Federal Reserve hikes interest rates for the fourth time this year

The Federal Reserve took an aggressive step on Wednesday to combat soaring inflation with the announcement of another larger than usual, three-quarters of a percentage point interest rate hike. The increase comes as central banking officials face a tough balancing act: bringing down rising prices amid growing concerns of an economic downturn. The latest increase …

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