POINTS The Federal Reserve is completing a yearlong policy review and is expected to announce the results soon. One big change would be a harder commitment to getting inflation higher, through a pledge not to raise rates until it hits at least 2%. Markets have been betting on higher inflation, with surging gold prices, a…

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KEY POINTS As colleges face extreme budget shortfalls, some schools are laying off staff, slashing salaries and reducing retirement benefits. But teachers are fighting back. With declining enrollments, reduced giving and state funding cuts, colleges are resorting to last-ditch efforts to stay afloat. Now teachers are the latest victims of extreme cost cutting. The University…

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The IRS expanded the number of taxpayers who qualify to tap into their retirement plans using the generous provisions of the CARES Act. The IRS also answered questions about details of distributions and loans under the CARES Act that have been asked by employers, employees, and plan administrators. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security…

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Jerome Powell is the finance world’s Cardi B. As the chair of the Federal Reserve (aka America’s central bank), Powell is the face of a lot of gov money moves that affect you. Like changing the federal funds rate. That’s an important percentage that influences everything from inflation to what you pay to borrow money. Increasing rates means the…

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The Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero Wednesday and once again promised to deliver whatever monetary medicine it can to an economy that’s badly ailing from the coronavirus pandemic. “The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time,” the central bank said…

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Bloomberg.com Lockdowns hurt cigarette sales in emerging markets as the tobacco industry tries to figure out what comes next. So, perhaps reassuringly, it turned out tobacco wasn’t so defensive during this global health crisis after all. After indications early in the pandemic that tobacco may hold up, British American Tobacco Plc on Tuesday reduced its forecasts for full-year sales growth as…

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A patient enrolled in a coronavirus vaccine clinical trial receives an injection, May 4, 2020. University of Maryland School of Medicine/AP Photo The global supply of a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed at Oxford University has been doubled to 2 billion after a deal including $750 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The vaccine…

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