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1. Trump Indicates Fed Search Down to 5 Finalists -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is likely to make his selection for the next Federal Reserve chairman from five candidates, a group that includes current Chair Janet Yellen.

2. Here Comes Earnings Season: Brace for a Slowdown in Growth -

NEW YORK (AP) – Earnings reporting season is getting underway, and Wall Street is getting ready to be underwhelmed.

Profit growth likely slowed sharply in the summer for U.S. companies after hurricanes and other natural disasters caused big damage. Analysts are forecasting weaker earnings for several areas of the market from a year ago, a sharp turnaround from earlier this year, when earnings were soaring by more than 10 percent and helping to drive the stock market to record heights.

3. Fed Debated Mystery of Persistently Low Inflation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials at their September meeting struggled to come to terms with persistently low inflation. But in the end, they decided that they should continue to signal the possibility of a third rate hike this year.

4. Trump Says He Will Decide on Fed Chair Within 2 or 3 Weeks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Friday that he has held four meetings to discuss who should lead the Federal Reserve starting early next year and expects to decide within two or three weeks.

5. Full Steam Ahead: Funds of All Types Rose Again Last Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) – Utopia is still in effect for fund investors. Funds of all types again powered higher in the third quarter, as stocks and bonds around the world rose in unison. Not only did investors get strong returns from their funds, they also got them with remarkably few headaches along the way.

6. US Middle Class Gets Richer, But Wealthy Do Even Better -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation's massive disparities in wealth and income.

7. Yellen: Fed is Perplexed by Chronically Low Inflation -

CLEVELAND (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen acknowledged Tuesday that the Fed is puzzled by the persistence of unusually low inflation and that it might have to adjust the timing of its interest rate policies accordingly.

8. First Horizon CEO: Banking Industry Needs Consolidation -

The CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company told attendees of a financial conference in New York City in recent days that the banking industry could benefit from more consolidation.

9. Fed Announces a Start to Modestly Reducing Its Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve will begin shrinking the enormous portfolio of bonds it amassed after the 2008 financial crisis to try to sustain a frail economy. The move reflects a strengthened economy and could mean higher rates on mortgages and other loans over time.

10. US Consumer Borrowing Increased in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers borrowed more heavily in July, increasing their debt primarily in a category that includes auto and student loans.

The Federal Reserve said Friday that overall consumer credit rose $18.5 billion in July, up from the $11.9 billion increase in June.

11. Fed Vice Chairman Fischer to Resign for 'Personal Reasons' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer will resign next month for personal reasons, leaving a fourth vacancy on the seven-member Fed governing board.

12. US Job Growth Slowed in August But Economy Still Looks Solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. job market hit a lull in August, with employers adding a solid but less-than-robust 156,000 jobs and holding back on meaningful pay raises for most workers.

Friday's jobs report from the government pointed to an economy that is still steadily generating jobs, though more slowly than it did earlier in its recovery from the Great Recession. With the economy now in its ninth year of expansion and unemployment near a 16-year low, fewer people are looking for work and fewer jobs are being filled.

13. Yellen Defends Bank Regulations Passed After 2008 Crisis -

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday emphatically defended the web of regulations the Fed helped enact after the 2008 financial crisis, saying it helped restore the banking system's health and disputing criticism that the rules have hurt lending.

14. A Puzzle for Central Bankers: Solid Growth But Low Inflation -

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) – Against a backdrop of strengthening growth but chronically low inflation, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and other central bankers are taking their measure of the global economy at their annual conference in the shadow of Wyoming's Grand Teton Mountains.

15. Fed Officials Split in July Over Inflation Worries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers were worried last month about inflation, but for two opposing reasons.

One group of Federal Reserve policymakers felt inflation was falling too low and argued for caution in raising interest rates. Others expressed concerns that delaying further rate hikes could push inflation higher into dangerous territory.

16. Top Fed Official: Bond Portfolio Could Shrink Soon -

NEW YORK (AP) – A top Federal Reserve official suggested Monday that the Fed will likely announce next month that it will begin paring its bond portfolio – a step that could lead to slightly higher rates on mortgages and other loans.

17. Fed Official Supports September Start for Bond Reductions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A member of the Federal Reserve's interest-setting committee said Wednesday it would be appropriate for the central bank to announce next month that it will begin trimming its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, but wait until December before raising a key interest rate again.

18. Housing Remains Strong -

The way BankTennessee mortgage specialist Jessica Campbell sees it, conditions in Shelby County’s current residential real estate market are about as favorable as the industry could hope for.

19. Strong: Democrats Must Reconnect With Voters -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the local party has lost its voters and getting them back is the path to victory in the 2018 county elections and beyond.

Corey Strong, an attorney and special projects director for Shelby County Schools, was elected chairman of the reorganized local party Saturday, Aug. 5, following its dissolution by the Tennessee Democratic Party a year ago.

20. BancorpSouth Shifts Corporate Structure -

BancorpSouth Inc. is pursuing a corporate entity restructuring, whereby it will be merged with and into its wholly owned bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank.

21. With 401(k) Accounts Booming, What Should Investors Do? -

NEW YORK (AP) – Did you notice that your toe doesn't hurt because you didn't stub it today?

We tend to pay the closest attention to things when they're going badly, and the same is true of the stock market. When stocks crashed during the financial crisis in 2008, phone lines for financial advisers and 401(k) providers were jammed with panicky investors. Now stocks are at record highs, and the market is tranquil. It's easy to feel comfortable leaving your account on autopilot.

22. Fannie Mae Posts $3.2B Profit in Q2; To Pay $3.1B Dividend -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fannie Mae reported net income of $3.2 billion from April through June, up from a year earlier as the mortgage giant marked gains on its investments.

The government-controlled company released its second-quarter results Thursday. Washington-based Fannie Mae will pay a dividend of $3.1 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month if the company's federal regulator agrees. That payment would bring the total dividends paid by Fannie to $165.8 billion.

23. Last Word: Kustoff at Rotary, Royal's Vibe and The Terms of MEMPOWER -

The investment group that renovated the Chisca resurfaced Tuesday evening with a plan for the Wonder Bread factory, vacant for the last four years. But don’t look for a return of the bread smell to the Edge area. And if you look at what has started to happen in that particular corridor since Wonder Bread shut down, the mixed-use plan has some precedent. Throw in the move to sell The Commercial Appeal property just a few blocks away and if the economy remains this good, the transformation in this area could be radical in another four years.

24. BancorpSouth Folds Holding Company Structure -

BancorpSouth Inc. is pursuing a corporate entity restructuring, whereby it will be merged with and into its wholly owned bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank.

25. US Employment Costs Grew Slower in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew more slowly in the second quarter.

The Labor Department said Friday total compensation was up 0.5 percent in the April-June period, compared to 0.8 percent growth in the first quarter.

26. Trump Choice for Fed Board Says He Likes Rule Change Ideas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Randal Quarles, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve Board, says he likes a predecessor's ideas for where regulators should prune banking rules.

27. Fed Leaves Rates Alone but Moves Closer to Selling Off Bonds -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged at a time when inflation remains persistently low. But it signaled Wednesday that it's edging closer to gradually shrinking its bond holdings, a step that would likely boost long-term borrowing rates including mortgages.

28. Fed Will Likely Focus on Low Inflation But Leave Rates Alone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has already achieved one of its two mandates: With the unemployment rate at just 4.4 percent, the Fed has essentially maximized employment.

It's the Fed's other goal – price stability – that's stayed persistently out of reach. Inflation has been edging further below the Fed's 2 percent target. Problem is, too-low inflation tends to slow consumer spending, the U.S. economy's main fuel. Many consumers delay purchases if they think the same price – or a lower one – will be available later.

29. Rising Interest Rates Boost Bank of America's Profits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer banking giant Bank of America reported a 10 percent rise in second-quarter profits on Tuesday as gains from higher interest rates were more than enough to offset a drop in trading revenue.

30. Wall Street's Goldman Sachs Moves Quietly Into Main Street -

NEW YORK (AP) – More homeowner, less hedge fund titan. Goldman Sachs, long known for its super-rich clients and well-connected executives, is starting to act a lot more like a neighborhood bank.

31. Cheaper Gas, Wireless Plans Keep US Inflation in Check -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lower costs for gas, airline tickets, new and used cars and wireless mobile phone plans kept U.S. consumer prices flat in June, evidence that inflation remains muted.

32. Yellen Calls Risks of Inflation 'Two-Sided' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday said she believed the risks concerning inflation are "two-sided," stressing that price gains could both accelerate or slow down.

33. County Budget Talks Reveal Political Divide -

When Shelby County Commissioners convene Monday, July 17, it will be their third meeting in a week – following committee sessions Wednesday and the special meeting to approve a county operating budget two days before that.

34. Fed: US Growth Solid, Yet Not Fast Enough to Accelerate Pay -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a steady pace in late May and June and hiring was solid, yet the improvements weren't enough to accelerate wage or price growth.

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy expanded in 10 of its 12 districts. It grew just slightly in St. Louis and Philadelphia. The anecdotal information in the Fed's survey, known as the Beige Book, is used to supplement its economic data and will be considered when Fed officials next meet July 25-26.

35. Yellen Tells Congress to Expect More Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Wednesday that the central bank expects to keep raising a key interest rate at a gradual pace and also plans to start trimming its massive bond holdings this year.

36. US Consumer Credit Up $18.4 Billion in May, Most in 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in six months, reflecting a sharp rebound in the category that includes credit cards.

The Federal Reserve reported Monday that total consumer borrowing rose by $18.4 billion in May, the strongest gain since a $25.1 billion increase in November. In addition, April's gain of $8.2 billion, the weakest increase in nearly six years, was revised up to a more respectable increase of $12.9 billion.

37. Hiring Surged Last Month in a Sign of US Economic Vitality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy's key shortcomings.

38. Federal Reserve Tells Congress Further Rate Hikes on the Way -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects the U.S. economy will strengthen and warrant further gradual increases in its key interest rate.

That rate forecast was included in the Fed's semi-annual monetary report to Congress, which Chair Janet Yellen will deliver to Congress next week. The Fed has raised interest rates three times since December, pushing its benchmark rate to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent. The Fed noted that policymakers still expect one more rate hike this year and another three hikes in 2018.

39. First Tennessee Scores High Marks for Reputation -

A new report from the industry publication American Banker ranks First Tennessee Bank at No. 5 on a list of U.S. banks sorted by reputation.

40. Fed Debating When to Unwind $4.5 Trillion in Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is figuring out when to start unloading much of its $4.5 trillion in bond holdings – a major turning point for an economy still healing from the 2008 financial crisis.

41. First Tennessee Scores High Marks for Reputation -

A new report from the industry publication American Banker ranks First Tennessee Bank at No. 5 on a list of U.S. banks sorted by reputation.

42. Survey: US Factory Activity Rises to Near a 3-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories expanded at a robust pace in June, a likely sign of strength for the U.S. economy as new orders, production and employment each improved.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its manufacturing index rose to 57.8 last month from 54.9 in May. Anything above 50 signals that factory activity is increasing. The measure now stands at its highest level since August 2014, pointing to solid economic growth.

43. US Economic Growth in Q1 Upgraded to 1.4 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy got off to a lackluster start during the first three months of 2017, though it enjoyed more momentum than earlier estimates indicated.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the first quarter – better than a previous estimate of 1.2 percent and double the initial estimate of 0.7 percent. The upgrade reflects new-found strength in consumer spending and exports.

44. Fed Raises Key Rate and Unveils Plan to Reduce Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate for the third time in six months, providing its latest vote of confidence in a slow-growing but durable economy. The Fed also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, which could cause long-term rates to rise.

45. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest -

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.

During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.

46. A Brighter Economic Outlook is Giving Fed Confidence to Act -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In the United States and around the world, economic strength isn't what it used to be. But everything is relative.

The Federal Reserve is set to raise short-term interest rates Wednesday for the third time in six months – a vote of confidence in the American economy and especially in the resilience of the U.S. job market.

47. Fed is Set to Raise Rates This Week Despite Political Tumult -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington political world is in disarray. Britain's election tumult has scrambled the outlook for Europe. And economies in the United States and abroad are plodding along at a pace that hardly suggests robust health.

48. After the ‘Tom Lee Storm’: A Look At Recovery Efforts, What's Next -

Eleven days after the May 27 storm that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses, Memphis Light, Gas and Water officials declared victory in the recovery with a Wednesday, June 8, late afternoon Tweet: “Update: Restored.”

49. Jobs Data Could Signal Shortage of Qualified Workers to Hire -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Are employers starting to run out of workers to hire?

A hiring pullback reported in Friday's U.S. jobs data for May raises that prospect. The economy added just 138,000 jobs, which was still high enough to help cut the unemployment rate to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. With the recovery from the Great Recession having reached its eighth year, hiring is gradually weakening.

50. US Employers Add Modest 138K Jobs; Rate Dips to 4.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.

The Labor Department said Friday that the jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent the lowest level since 2001, from 4.4 percent. Still, the rate declined mainly for a less-than-encouraging reason: People stopped looking for work in May and so were no longer counted as unemployed.

51. Fed Survey Finds Tight Labor Markets, Rising Wages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy kept growing in April through late May, with more regions citing worker shortages across a widening range of occupations, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

52. Fed Fines Deutsche Bank $41M Over Money Laundering Controls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has fined Germany's largest bank $41 million for failure to maintain controls against money laundering in its U.S. operations.

The U.S. regulators announced the penalty against Deutsche Bank on Tuesday, citing "unsafe and unsound practices." The global bank also agreed to an order requiring it to improve oversight by senior management in complying with anti-money-laundering laws in the U.S. operations.

53. Crews Move To Smaller Areas, Storm Damage Estimates Grow -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division’s response to the Saturday storm that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses will cost the utility at least $7 million.

“We will spend in excess of $7 million and it could be well in excess of $7 million,” said MLGW president Jerry Collins.

54. Shelby County Schools Debates Funding Strategy for Budget -

Shelby County Schools board members approved a two-year contract extension through the 2019-2020 school year for superintendent Dorsey Hopson Tuesday, May 30, with no debate or discussion and sent a combined $1.3 billion operating and capital budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission for approval.

55. Strickland Taps City Reserves For $6 Million In Storm Debris Removal -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is asking the Memphis City Council for up to $6 million from the city’s reserve fund for cleanup from the May 27 storm.

56. Strickland Taps City Reserves For $6 Million In Storm Debris Removal -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is asking the Memphis City Council for up to $6 million from the city’s reserve fund for cleanup from the May 27 storm.

57. US Durable Goods Orders Fell for First Time in 5 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped in April for the first time in five months, and a key category that tracks business investment went nowhere for the second straight month.

58. Fed Minutes: Officials Back Reducing Bond Holdings This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials signaled in discussions early this month that they would likely start reducing the Fed's huge portfolio of bond holdings later this year, a step that could cause borrowing rates to rise.

59. US Households Owe Record Amount, Topping Pre-Recession Peak -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. household debt reached a record high in the first three months of this year, topping the previous peak reached in 2008, when the financial crisis plunged the economy into a deep recession.

60. View From the Hill: Haslam Credits GOP ‘Experiment’ for Tennessee’s Success -

If you ask Gov. Bill Haslam, Republican government is the best thing since sliced bread.

Not only is GOP leadership responsible for a myriad of tax cuts leading to record surpluses and a $37 billion budget funding better K-12 and higher education, shoring up the rainy day and TennCare funds, shrinking state debt and building an economic environment for job creation, Haslam says. It’s even bringing us the cleanest air since before the industrial revolution.

61. Patton & Taylor to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award -

In 1967, the Vietnam War was in full effect, the Green Bay Packers won the first ever Super Bowl and two employees of Joyner, Heard & Jones Realtors in Memphis had the idea to start their own company.

62. Memphis Retail Market ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Through First Quarter -

Despite some notable big-box bankruptcies, positive growth is still in the forecast for the rest of 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ first quarter Retail Marketbeat Report.

63. Haslam Credits Republican Leadership for Budget, Economic Accomplishments -

With the legislative session finished, Gov. Bill Haslam is touting budget accomplishments and a strong economy as the result of Republican leadership.

In a Capitol Hill press conference shortly after the General Assembly adjourned for the year, the governor called passage of a $37 billion budget, the second consecutive one with no new debt, as the Legislature’s most important act.

64. US Appeals Court Holds Crisis Bailout of AIG Lawful -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld as lawful the government's bailout of American International Group in the heat of the financial crisis. It overturned a lower-court decision favoring the insurance giant's former CEO.

65. US Consumer Borrowing Rises Solid $16.4 Billion in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers stepped up their borrowing in March, taking out more loans for cars and school.

The Federal Reserve reported Friday that total consumer borrowing rose by $16.4 billion, or 5.2 percent, in March, up from a $13.7 billion increase in February and the biggest uptick since November's $25.5 billion jump.

66. US Jobs Data Show Some Scars From Recession Finally Healing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of hiring in April provided reassurance for the U.S. economy after a slow start to the year: Job growth returned to a healthy pace. Unemployment hit a decade low. And the number of part-time workers who want full-time jobs reached its lowest point in nine years.

67. Yellen Says Women Still Face Challenges in Workplace -

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that women have made major strides in the workplace in the past 125 years, but she expressed concern about barriers that are still holding women back today.

68. GOP-Led House Panel Votes to Overhaul Dodd-Frank -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law.

69. Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged But Signals Further Hikes Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify further rate hikes later this year.

70. US Economy Likely Slowed Last Quarter, But Rebound Expected -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy likely slowed significantly in the first three months of the year, though economists foresee a sharp rebound in the current April-June quarter on the strength of solid job growth, higher consumer confidence and stock-market records.

71. Economy In Flux -

With apologies to Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” for the professionals who follow economics for a living this is very much the best of times and the worst of times.

The moment is one of abundant optimism and rampant uncertainty. “Directionally,” they like to say, things look positive. And yet so much could still go very, very wrong.

72. FCC Chief Lays Out Attack on 'Net Neutrality' Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a Wednesday speech that he wants to ditch the Obama-era rules, hated by telecoms, that prevent broadband and wireless companies from interfering with the sites and apps that consumers use. He wants to undo their legal basis and to eliminate the FCC's broad powers to monitor Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for bad behavior.

73. First Horizon CEO: Bank on Right Course -

During a pause in remarks from its CEO, a familiar voice broke the silence in the auditorium of First Tennessee Bank’s Downtown headquarters Tuesday, April 25, during the annual meeting for shareholders of the bank’s parent company.

74. First Budget Moves, Minority Business Measures Top Commission Session -

Shelby County Commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, with approval of a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

75. First Budget Moves, Minority Business Measures Top Commission Session -

Shelby County Commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, with approval of a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

76. Last Fed Meeting's Minutes Show Talk of Paring Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials last month discussed the possibility of reducing their enormous portfolio of bond holdings later this year, sooner than many investors have been expecting.

77. Fed Official: Bond Holdings Would Be Reduced Gradually -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – A top U.S. Federal Reserve official says the central bank would likely move in a measured way after it decides to reduce its large bond holdings.

San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams said there was a case to be made for moving slowly since reducing the bond holdings would lead to higher longer-term rates even as short-term rates are also being raised.

78. Last Word: The Catechism of 1968, Downtown Hotels and Earth Day on Auto Row -

What happened 49 years ago this week in our city began long before the first sanitation worker walked off the job or the first “I Am A Man” sign was made. Maybe it was that long arc that explains the timing of what happened here in late March into the first week of April of 1968. For just about half a century now we have thought and thought again about that chronology, reviewed the details. And what we have is a sort of catechism of moments that if they had happened differently, we can’t help thinking, might have produced a different result.

79. US Economy Grew at Steady 2.1 Percent Rate in Q4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that's expected fuel growth throughout 2017.

80. Yellen: Banks Play Vital Economic Role in Poor Communities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that U.S. banks must do all they can to promote economic development in low-income areas where high unemployment has persisted despite the overall job market's significant gains.

81. Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk -

There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.

82. Fed’s Bullard: Slow-Growth Economy Will Continue -

The economy has been in low-growth mode for years, and it’s probably unwise to assume things will change this year.

That’s according to Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis president Jim Bullard.

83. Wells Fargo CEO: Fixing Fake Accounts Will Take More Time -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan said the company could need several more months to resolve customer damage tied to its massive sales practices scandal, such as figuring out if people had trouble getting approved for other loans because of the fake accounts bank employees opened.

84. After The Fed: What Some Top Bond-Fund Managers Are Saying -

NEW YORK (AP) – Rising rates don't have to mean despair for bond-fund investors.

Yes, the Federal Reserve raised short-term rates Wednesday, the latest move higher in what economists expect to be a long campaign. Bond investors have historically seen rising rates as the enemy because they result in falling prices for the bonds they own.

85. Will Mortgage Rates Rise? What to Know About Fed Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Are mortgage rates headed up? How about car loans? Credit cards?

How about those nearly invisible rates on bank CDs – any chance of getting a few dollars more?

86. Fed Raises Rate and Sees More Hikes as US Economy Improves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and forecast two additional hikes this year. The move reflects a consistently solid U.S. economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans.

87. Student Loan Defaults Rising, Study Finds -

The stock market is up, unemployment is down but things aren't rosy for all Americans.

A new analysis of government data by the Consumer Federation of America found that the number of Americans in default on their student loans jumped by nearly 17 percent last year.

88. SCS Enters Budget Talks With Some Flexibility -

At this time of year, Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson confesses that he’s usually not feeling quite this optimistic.

“It’s a weird situation for me because I’m usually very frustrated and depressed,” Hopson said Monday, March 13, as he unveiled a budget proposal that goes to the school board first and then the Shelby County Commission.

89. Last Word: Gas Tax Resurrection, More Monitoring and Germantown's $200 M Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax bill emerged from the workshop effectively on Monday with a sharper cut in the state grocery tax making the complex set of gas tax hike and other tax rollbacks more than revenue neutral.

90. A Robust February Jobs Report Points to Resilient US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a brisk pace – signs that a resilient economy has given many companies the confidence to hire in anticipation of solid growth ahead.

91. Local Mortgage Market Flat in February -

Shelby County’s mortgage market had something of a Goldilocks’ porridge moment in February – neither hot nor cold, but essentially on par with where things stood one year earlier.

92. Survey: Private Employers Added Robust 298K Jobs Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses added the most jobs in three years last month, a private survey found, a sign that hiring may be accelerating from last year's modest levels.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 298,000 jobs in February, up from 261,000 the previous month. The gains were led by a huge 66,000 increase in construction, the most in 11 years, and 32,000 manufacturing jobs, the most in five years.

93. Business Economists Disagree With Trump on Trade, Budget -

NEW YORK (AP) – A majority of business economists disagree with the Trump administration on several key issues, notably immigration, trade and the budget, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

94. Fed: Memphis Banks Continue to Improve -

Having shaken off most of the losses and other problems related to the housing crisis, new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show Memphis-area banks on the whole are getting bigger and have balance sheets that keep looking stronger.

95. Yellen Signals the Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

96. Fed Board Member Powell Says March Rate Hike Possible -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve board member on Thursday added his voice to a growing group of Fed officials who are indicating that they may raise rates in March.

Fed board member Jerome Powell said in a CNBC interview that he believed the Fed was close to achieving its targets on full employment and 2 percent inflation.

97. Fed Survey Finds Economy Growing at Moderate Pace -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy has been growing at a moderate pace, helped by sustained gains in consumer spending.

In its latest survey of economic conditions around the country, the Fed found that the Fed's 12 regional banks all depicted growth as either "modest or moderate" from January through mid-February.

98. US Banks in Strong Shape as 4th-Quarter Profit Jumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the final quarter of 2016 rose 7.7 percent from a year earlier, as lending continued to grow and banks set aside less for losses on loans for the first time since late 2015.

99. Waddell: 2017 a Year for ‘Shifting Gears’ -

David Waddell will be in Florida this week for a meeting with the very first client of his namesake Memphis-based investment firm, Waddell & Associates. On the same trip down there a year ago, Waddell recalls being encouraged to “be bold” in his decisions and leadership of the firm.

100. Fed Officials Discussed Possible Rate Hike 'Fairly Soon' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month discussed the need to raise a key interest rate again "fairly soon," especially if the economy remains strong.

Minutes of the discussions in minutes released Wednesday showed that while Fed officials decided to keep a key rate unchanged at their Jan. 31-Feb. 1 meeting, there was growing concern about inflation if the economy out-performed expectations.