US shale town ‘hurting bad’ in oil slump

Producers retrench after near halving of prices since summer

Falling oil price drags down US inflation

Excluding energy, steady price growth should comfort Fed

Border agency threat exposes US migration rift

Deal to fund homeland security faces uncertain future in House

Fed pulls a Jedi mind trick on bonds

If the Fed proves willing to ignore an oil-driven decline in prices, rates could rise by June

Yellen’s ‘patient’ retreat from zero rates

Fed chair is right to be open-minded about the turn in the US cycle

Markets play chicken with Fed over rates

Volatility to rise if Fed acts sooner than assumed by bond markets

Yellen defends central bank independence

Fed chair swats down calls for rate-setting rules

Yellen looks to free Fed’s hand

Central bank wants maximum flexibility to set monetary policy

Fed paves way to raise rates this year

Yellen optimistic on economy and sees risks in waiting too long

The central bank minutes guessing game

Dangerous to read too much into pages from the Fed or ECB

White House warns on risks to growth

Recovery threatened by weak income trend, inequality and depressed labour force participation

Fed underlines cautious rates stance

Many members are inclined to put off first rise for longer

US student and car loan delinquency rises

Report finds households boosted overall borrowings by $117bn

Appetite for dining out shows US optimism

Strong rise in restaurant sales amid falling oil prices

The $100m man’s guide to Brazilian graft

A former Petrobras executive alleges a sprawling corruption scheme

US consumers cautious despite jobs growth

Retail sales drop as Americans bank gains from falling oil price

Eurozone junk-rated debt holds its appeal

ECB stimulus keeps high-yielding debt in vogue

Q&A: US challenges China export subsidies

Call for formal talks could be step towards a possible WTO case

Interview: US wages, inflation and rate rises

Q&A with John Williams of San Francisco Federal Reserve

Fed ‘closer’ to rate rise, says official

Williams says US will reach full employment this year