The Federal Reserve just released its periodic statement explaining how the Fed's leaders view the economy and how they plan to act in the coming weeks and months. These statements come out every six weeks, and they affect stock markets and government policies around the world. But they're full of jargon and code, and the language is nearly inpenetrable to the lay reader.
To help you read the Fed's latest statement, published this afternoon, Slate and NPR's "Planet Money"have collaborated to translate it into plain English, a tool developed by Slate Labs to toggle between official text and our natural-language translation. Click on the highlighted sentences to toggle between their words and ours:
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.