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The benchmark S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit all-time highs on Friday after Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the central bank’s current approach to interest rate hikes were the best way to protect the US economic recovery. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Global equity markets rose on Friday after Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell expressed no surprises in a key speech outlining a steady course for(...)

US stocks were mostly lower in early  trading on Thursday, with investors cautious as they await comments on monetary policy from central bankers gathered for their annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Photograph: Getty Images

Gains by cyclical sectors helped push European stocks higher on Thursday, while heavy losses in Dixons Carphone after a profit warning dominated tradi(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: he  may signal when its bond-buying programme will end in Frankfurt in October.  Photograph: David Sleator

History tells us two things about currency forecasts: most tend to point in the same direction, and nearly all are wrong. At the start of the year the(...)

Markets are closely watching Mario Draghi, ECB president, for any indication that he is preparing to withdraw the eurozone’s $2tn bond-buying programme

Leading central banks own a fifth of their governments’ total debt, a sign of the scale of the challenge they face in unwinding unprecedented stimulus(...)

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland president  Loretta Mester at the Kansas City Fed’s symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

One of the United States Federal Reserve’s rate-setters has described the case for a further increase in short-term interest rates as “compelling”, ar(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: said fighting the next US recession would likely involve not just rate cuts but also asset purchases and forward guidance. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

The message from the meetings in Jackson Hole was clear: there is no winding the clock back to the pre-crisis world of central banking as officials s(...)

Brent crude futures rose 66 cents to $50.33 a barrel in Friday trading. Photograph: Sean Yong/Reuters

Oil prices rose about 2 per cent on Friday after reports of Yemeni missiles hitting Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. Yemeni forces have fired ballistic(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: “In light of the continued solid performance of the labour market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months.” Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

The case for raising US interest rates in the United States has strengthened in recent months because of improvements in the labour market and expecta(...)

In the ongoing “will they, won’t they” saga, the next key marker is Fed chair Janet Yellen’s speech this Friday at the gathering of world central bankers in Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

It is not an easy job being chair of the US Federal Reserve Board in one of the most unusual periods in recent monetary history. In any “normal” econo(...)

Wall Street recovered earlier losses on Monday as gains in healthcare stocks offset a slide in the energy sector.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European stocks edged higher on Monday after falling the week before, as Swiss chemical company Syngenta gained after US regulators cleared a takeover(...)

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