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5:59 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Quentin Fottrell
Married men earn more than everyone else (including married women and single men) A sobering reminder on International Men’s Day: Men fare better than almost everyone else in the workplaceA sobering reminder on International Men’s Day: Men fare better than almost everyone else in the workplace.
8:40 a.m. Nov. 18, 2019 - By Joy Wiltermuth
The Fed is buying billions of mortgage bonds — here’s why it matters Fed’s goal is to eventually shed its MBS holdingsThe Federal Reserve is back to buying billions worth of mortgage bonds each month, but here’s why that doesn’t mean the central bank is stockpiling more of this type of debt on is balance sheet.
11:22 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
S&P 500 index edges up to new record close but euphoria about U.S - China trade deal fades Cisco shares tumble after disappointing outlookThe U.S. benchmark S&P 500 stock index managed to close at a new record Thursday, but the Dow and Nasdaq indexes slipped as the euphoria about an imminent U.S - China trade deal, supporting the five week rally, began to fade.
9:41 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Bullard says sharper-than-expected economic slowdown is ‘key risk’ Appropriate for Fed to pause to see how economy develops, St. Louis Fed President saysSt Louis Fed President James Bullard said Thursday that the key risk facing the economy is that the slowdown may be sharper than expected.
4:47 a.m. Nov. 5, 2019 - By Jacob Passy
Down-payment assistance may not make borrowers more likely to default on their mortgages, after all Previous research suggested down-payment assistance increased the odds of borrowers defaulting on their home loanPrevious research suggested down-payment assistance increased the odds of borrowers defaulting on their home loan.
6:19 a.m. Oct. 25, 2019 - Barrons.com
Global Interest Rates’ Race to the Bottom Could Be Ending As Fed prepares for another quarter-point cut, other central banks signal that they are ready to start reversing reductions.
11:51 p.m. Oct. 20, 2019 - By Brett Arends
Why $2,467 could be the magic number for emergency savings Two economists crunched the numbers on more than 70,000 lower-income householdsTwo economists crunched the numbers on more than 70,000 lower-income households.
9:14 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed Beige Book reports ‘slight’ growth in some regions Business downbeat in U.S. Midwest and Great Plains, Fed finds findsThe U.S. economy was barely growing in some regions of the country, according to the Federal Reserve’s anecdotal report on business conditions collected in the Beige Book.
9:46 a.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - Barrons.com
Dow Jones Industrial Average Gains as Brexit Headlines Lifts Stocks The euro and the pound were surging, and the Dow was also getting a boost from earnings and positive trade headlines.
7:23 a.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Fed, Bank of England officials say they oppose negative interest ratesIt’s not unprecedented for a central bank to bring interest rates below zero, but in separate comments at a conference in London, two officials at the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England said they were opposed to doing so.
4:58 a.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
How this media firm and oil giant will give your portfolio vital balance, says investment manager Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day, from John Linehan, portfolio manager for T. Rowe Price’s Equity Income Fund, says if investors want to juggle all that could go right or wrong with the economy and otherwise right now, they need a balanced portfolio.
4:06 a.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Dow Is Rising as Fed Policy, Earnings and Brexit Push Trade Aside Third-quarter earnings began to roll in, while dovish commentary by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard and speculation that a Brexit deal may be at hand helped boost the mood.
11:32 p.m. Oct. 14, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Bullard calls for insurance rate cuts but says Fed to evaluate policy meeting by meetingSt. Louis Fed President James Bullard, one of the most dovish members at the Fed, made the case for further rate cuts to protect against downside risks but said the central bank will be cautious in making more rate cuts. "The FOMC may choose to provide additional accommodation going forward, but decisions will be made on a meeting-by-meeting basis," he said at an event in London. Downside risks include the effects of magnified global trade policy uncertainty; slowing growth in the global economy; contraction in global and U.S. manufacturing; slowing U.S. business investment; and an inverted yield curve, "which seems to suggest U.S. monetary policy may be too restrictive for the current environment," he said. "Insurance rate cuts may help re-center inflation and inflation expectations at the 2% target sooner than otherwise," he added.
5:11 a.m. Oct. 8, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
The hottest stock-market sector in the past year beats technology and real estate Utility stocks have not only soared during the past 12 months, they have also measured up well over the long haulUtility stocks have not only soared during the past 12 months, they have also measured up well over the long haul.
11:25 a.m. Sept. 26, 2019 - By Clive McKeef
Stocks close slightly lower as trade optimism sours, investors keep eye on impeachment Peloton shares off to a weak start in trading debutU.S. stocks ended slightly lower Thursday, despite a late afternoon rally that briefly flipped the S&P into positive territory, as investors digested negative trade developments and drama in Washington.
11:22 a.m. Sept. 25, 2019 - By Clive McKeef
Stocks close higher on China trade deal optimism, despite Trump impeachment bid Impeachment impact may be fleeting, analysts sayU.S. stocks close higher Wednesday, after falling for three days, amid new optimism for a coming U.S.-China trade deal that offset concern about a congressional impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
3:10 a.m. Sept. 24, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Bullard says the end of an era of free trade is imperiling the U.S. economy St. Louis Fed president backs additional quarter-point rate cut in OctoberSt. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Monday the U.S. economy is at risk because the era of free-trade, which has bolstered growth, is ending.
3:05 p.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Federal Reserve Will Get Flak No Matter What It Does The central bank is in a vise as it deals with conflicting pressures from the economy and the White House.
11:50 a.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Dow Fell 160 Points Because an Interim Trump-China Trade Deal Isn’t Doable All three major U.S. stock indexes closed Friday in the red, giving up earlier gains. President Donald Trump said there is no need for a trade deal with China before the 2020 election. Chinese officials canceled their visit to farms in Montana.
11:33 a.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Stocks end lower after trade concerns rattle markets Quadruple witching day on Wall Street U.S. stocks closed lower Friday, for the first weekly decline in a month, as investors looked beyond a litany of central-bank decisions of the past week and focused on the state of China-U.S. trade talks.
11:26 a.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Clarida says U.S. economy is fine but global outlook is getting worse Powell’s No. 2 defends decision to cut rates by quarter-pointFed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida on Friday defended the central bank’s decision to cut interest rates by a quarter-point.
11:24 a.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Rosengren: Rate cut ‘risks further inflating the prices of risky assets and encouraging people to take on too much leverage’ Rosengren worries about asset inflation, Bullard about manufacturing recessionBoston Fed President Eric Rosengren on Friday said he dissented because the rate cut could inflate asset prices further using more debt.
11:23 a.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Bullard: Dissent was due in part to worries about slowing economy St. Louis Fed president issues statement explaining why he wanted half-point cut.St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Friday a slowing economy was one reason he wanted the central bank to cut short-term interest rates by a more aggressive half percentage point this week.
11:01 a.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields log biggest weekly drop in a month The Fed lowered interest rates by a quarter point this weekU.S. Treasury yields fall Friday after a China delegation cut their visit short to the U.S., underlining the potential for trade tensions to flare up again.
5:01 a.m. Sept. 20, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Fed rates cuts are a mistake, says Oaktree’s billionaire co-chairman Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day from Oaktree Capital’s billionaire co-chairman Howard Marks says the economy doesn’t really need rate cuts the Fed’s been doling out.
5:20 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Federal Reserve Needs to Play Offense Before It’s Too Late, Stifel Says Stifel’s head of equity strategy, Barry Bannister, says the Fed still isn’t being bold enough.
12:00 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Federal Reserve’s Next Move Is as Uncertain as Ever For now, odds favor at least one more quarter-point cut, perhaps by year end, or early in 2020.
3:09 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed lowers interest rate by a quarter-point, and is open to the idea of more easing Seven members project another cut this yearThe Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest-rate by a quarter point and seven officials indicated they believe there would be one more move this year.
12:56 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Dow Rose 36 Points Because the Fed Cut Rates but It Didn’t Cut Loose All three major indexes rebounded by Wednesday’s close after initially diving after the Federal Reserve’s 25-basis-points rate cut. The Fed didn’t loosen monetary policy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 managed to close with some gains.
11:26 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
U.S. stocks close mixed after Fed cuts rates but casts doubt on future stimulus Fed cuts interest rates but possibly last for last time this yearU.S. stocks ended Wednesday flat to higher, after the Federal Reserve announced it would cut its benchmark federal funds rate a quarter percentage point, in line with market expectations, but called into question whether there will be another rate cut this year or next.
11:09 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow ends sightly higher as bank stocks take an unusual bounce higher after Fed cuts interest ratesU.S. stock indexes on Wednesday finished mostly higher--even if only slightly so--after the Federal Reserve cut benchmark rates, as expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 36 points, or 0.1%, to 27,147, but had been down by as many as 211.65 points at session lows. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index added about a point, or less than 0.1%, to end at at 3,006.73. The Nasdaq Composite index edged 9 points, or 1%, lower to 8,177. The rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee cut rates by one quarter of a percentage point to a range of 1.75%-2%, in a 7-3 vote. Stocks initially took a leg lower but began to pare losses as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell explained the rate decision in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, about a half-hour after the release of the central bank's policy statement. Voting against the action were St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who preferred to lower the target range for the federal-funds rate to 1.50% to 1.75%. Kansas City Fed President Esther George and Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren both preferred to maintain the target range at 2% to 2.25%."Bottom line, there is now a likelihood that as of today, this might be the last rate cut of the year as the 'mid course adjustment' process continues but could be done. So call this a hawkish cut," wrote Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, in a research note after the Fed decision. The 10-year Treasury yield climbed after the Fed decision, with the rate rising to 1.79%, helping to deliver a lift to the banking sector, which tends to benefit from higher yields, even though the Fed cut rates. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF finished the session with a 0.4%, and shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and those for JPMorgan Chase & Co. led gains for the blue-chip Dow.
10:46 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Trump blasts Jerome Powell after Fed rate cut: ‘No ‘guts,’ no sense, no vision!’ Trump declares Powell a ‘terrible communicator’President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon delivered further harsh criticism of the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell after the central bank cut interest rates but was unclear on whether rates would fall further this year.
3:22 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Greg Robb
3 things to watch as Fed meets on interest rates With quarter-point rate-cut widely expected, Fed watchers hunt for clues about what comes nextHere are 3 things to watch at this week’s Fed interest-rate committee meeting.
7:02 p.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - Barrons.com
Rockefeller Foundation Is Pouring Millions of Dollars to Keep Opportunity Zones on Track The foundation is seeking to guide investors toward developments that will help economically distressed areas.
10:26 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - Barrons.com
Mortgages Rates Fall Again — and the Fed Could Push Them Even Lower Analysts expect the Federal Reserve to cut rates again later this month.
11:43 a.m. Sept. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Williams sees ‘less rosy’ outlook for U.S. economy New York Fed president noncommittal about September policy decisionNew York Fed President John Williams said Wednesday that recent developments point to a ‘less rosy’ outlook for the U.S. economy.
4:02 a.m. Sept. 4, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
It’s been a great time to be a corporate giant, but the glory days may soon be over, says GMO Critical information for the U.S. trading dayFacing greater scrutiny, U.S. large-caps may not be able to keep profit margins aloft forever. Here’s the sectors one fund manager says will benefit.
12:00 p.m. Sept. 3, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Rosengren: ‘Headline grabbing’ market swings this summer obscure fact that economy remains ‘relatively benign’ No need for immediate interest-rate cut unless economy weakens, Boston Fed President says Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren says “headline grabbing” market moves this summer obscure the fact that U.S. economic conditions remain “relatively benign.”
3:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 2019 - Barrons.com
Beyond Meat’s Test at KFC Shows There’s a Market for Alternative Chicken The foray demonstrates that the alternative-meat industry’s initial beef-mimicking products are just beginning for plant-based protein
11:18 a.m. Aug. 27, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s split over whether to cut discount rate in July Discount rate seen as proxy vote for Fed interest-rate policyThe 12 Fed regional bank boards were evenly split in July about a cut in the rate on emergency loans, according to meeting minutes released Tuesday.
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