Stories by Martin Crutsinger

Monday, March 30, 2015

Former Fed chairman starting 'Ben Bernanke's Blog'

Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke starting new career in private life as blogger on economics.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, March 27, 2015

US economic growth rate unrevised at 2.2 percent in Q4

U.S. economic growth slowed in the fourth quarter, and economists are looking for an even weaker showing in the first quarter as severe winter weather takes its toll. But the retreat is expected ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gauge of US economy up modest 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose by a modest amount for a second straight month, indicating the economy’s momentum may have slowed.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fed opens door to rate increase

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it needs to see further improvement in the job market and higher inflation before it raises interest rates from record lows.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fed survey finds US economy growing at moderate pace

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace through mid-February despite severe winter storms that had disrupted activity in some regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.
By Martin Crutsinger

Monday, March 2, 2015

US construction spending down 1.1 percent in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

US economic growth in fourth quarter revised down to 2.2 percent

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

GOP lawmakers accuse Fed chief of political bias

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen came under fire Wednesday from House Republicans, who challenged the central bank's lack of accountability during her second day of testimony ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Yellen reiterates Fed's patience in raising rates

Yellen: Fed won't hike interest rates until it sees more economic progress, stronger inflation.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Fed officials hesitant to raise rates

Federal Reserve officials struggled last month to assess when economic data might prompt them to raise interest rates from record lows - and how best to convey their intentions to investors, ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

US trade deficit jumps 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion

US trade deficit jumps 17.1 percent in December to $46.6 billion, highest since late 2012.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

US home construction up 4.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes rebounded in December, helping to push activity for the entire year to the highest level since the peak of the housing boom nine years ago.
By Martin Crutsinger

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

US factory orders fell in November

US factory orders in November fell for fourth month; key investment category also down.
By Martin Crutsinger

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

US economy grew at fast 5 percent annual rate in Q3

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the fastest in more than a decade, on the strength of higher consumer spending and business ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Gauge of US economy rises 0.6 percent in November

WASHINGTON — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Fed promises 'patient' approach on interest rates

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so. 
By Martin Crutsinger

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

US home construction drops 1.6 percent in November

US home construction falls 1.6 percent in November as single-family construction declines.
By Martin Crutsinger

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Fed unlikely to signal rate increase

Most economists think the Federal Reserve will wait until June to raise short-term rates for the first time since it cut them to record lows in 2008 during the financial crisis. Some think that as ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Economists forecast fast growth in 2015

Top business economists believe 2015 could bring US strongest growth in a decade.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

US trade deficit drops to $43.4 billion in October

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.
By Martin Crutsinger
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