Fed Considers Decreasing Bond Purchases as Economy Grows

Federal Reserve officials are meeting in Washington this week, monetary policy is still urgent even as the economy picks up and inflation picks up. Economists expect the central bank’s post-meeting announcement Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. to not change policy, but investors will eagerly watch a subsequent press conference with Fed chair Jerome H. Powell for …

Ha Jin Considers The Cost of Freedom on ‘A Song Everlasting’

AN ENDLESS SONGby Ha Jin Ha Jin’s new novel begins with the Chinese protagonist putting money ahead of the country, a typical American mistake. Yao Tian, ​​a well-known Beijing opera singer, gets a last-minute side gig while touring America with the theater troupe. Her decision is all about money: the cash will help send her …