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Nov 19

Federal Reserve : New Economic Stimulus May Be Warranted

The Federal Reserve released its October Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes last week, revealing a Fed in disagreement about the future of the U.S. economy and about what, if any, stimulus may be warranted in the next 12 months. The "Fed Minutes" recaps the conversations and debates that transpire during an FOMC meeting, and is published 3 weeks after the meeting adjourns. According to the October minutes, FOMC members "generally agreed" that a housing recovery is under … [Read more...]

Aug 31

Fed Minutes : Fed Considered Additional Stimulus In August

The Fed publishes meeting minutes 8 times annually -- three weeks after each scheduled Federal Open Market Committee get-together. The Fed Minutes summarizes the FOMC meeting. The Federal Reserve released the minutes from its August 9, 2011 Federal Open Market Committee meeting Tuesday. The Fed Minutes contained no surprises and, as a result, mortgage rates across District of Columbia and nationwide have idled. Although it gets less press attention, the Fed Minutes is every bit as … [Read more...]

May 19

Fed Minutes Put The Heat On Mortgage Rates To Rise

The Federal Reserve released its April 2011 Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes Wednesday. In the hours since, mortgage markets have worsened; rates in DC are higher by 1/8 percent this morning, at least. The "Fed Minutes" is published 8 times annually, three week after each scheduled FOMC meeting. The minutes are the Federal Reserve's official recap of the conversations and debates that shaped the prior FOMC session. Another way to consider the Fed Minutes is as the companion … [Read more...]