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Fed Chairman Yellen Urges Congress to Reject Fed Reform Bill

H.R. 3189, known as the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization (FORM) Act, is scheduled for a full House vote this week after passing in the House Financial Services Committee by a 33-25 vote on July 29. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan), who is the House Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman.

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Fed Chair Yellen Hints at Possible December Rate Hike in Congressional Testimony

Interest rates nearly took center stage in this banking testimony as Chair Yellen noted that the domestic economy is “pretty strong” and the “gradual rise in rates should not derail the housing market. Employment is going up, income is going up, and If the labor market improves, inflation will move up. December sounds incrementally more likely, but hinges on jobs reports.”

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Federal Reserve Announces Bond-Buying Cuts

More than two years after the central bank kick off its latest economic stimulus program, policymakers at the Federal Reserve once again voted this week to scale down monthly asset purchases—and hinted that the end is in sight.

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Investors Skeptical of Fed Rate Increase Forecast

In their latest economic projections from June, the members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) projected a median federal funds rate of 1 percent at year-end 2015 and 2.5 percent at the end of 2016. Based on their own modeling, the analysts say investors put the probability of the federal funds rate hitting the FOMC's target next year at 31 percent, with 2016's projected rate having a 27 percent probability.

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Yellen to Testify before Congress this Week

Capitol Hill

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to give her semi-annual report on the health of the United States economy and Fed efforts to help jumpstart a recovery that, while still trending upward, has started to slow in recent months.

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Fed: Taper Continues; Adjust Economic Projections

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its June meeting with the announcement that members have once again voted to bring down the Federal Reserve's stimulative monthly asset purchases. Taking a cue from improvements in labor market indicators, household spending, and general economic activity, the committee members voted to reduce the Fed's monthly purchase of agency mortgage-backed securities.

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