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Fed Unveils Bold, Open-Ended Steps to Aid Economy

The Federal Reserve says it will spend $40 billion a month to purchase mortgaged-back securities because the economy is too weak to reduce high unemployment. The Fed says it will keep buying the securities until the job market shows substantial improvement.

What a Return to the Gold Standard Would Mean for You

This week, the GOP is considering a bold plan to transform the U.S. economy: a return to the gold standard. Most economists are highly skeptical about what it would do to the economy. But how it would impact the average taxpayer? Here's a look at what it means -- and how it would affect you.

Fed Will Create More Money, but Will It Help?

Just about everyone expects the Federal Reserve to announce a new program of buying bonds with the goal of stimulating the economy. But not many observers think it's a good idea -- and the chorus of critics is only getting louder.

Investor Surveys About Obama Can't All Be Right

Two polls released last week and one issued Monday set out to probe how investors view President Barack Obama's economic policies. But they provide contradictory readings. Which shows just how hard it is to get to the heart of such matters.

Just how modest will the recovery be?

If the economy were a hospital patient, it would be off life support. That's the type of recovery experts seem to be expecting over the next few...