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4:12 a.m. Today - By Greg Robb
Former Fed chairman Paul Volcker dies at 92Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who had a second career pushing for reform on Wall Street, has died at 92, according to numerous reports. Volcker was a legendary Fed chairman at the central bank for his fight against inflation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Volcker was praised for establishing the Fed's credibility to control inflation. After the 2008 financial crisis, Volcker pushed for reform. He said in his memoir published in the fall of 2018 that he was worried about the impact of money in the political system.
3:12 a.m. Today - By Andrea Riquier
The runway until more China tariffs kick in is getting short. Expect a bumpy ride Blitz: A rules-based system is what business wantsExpectations are running high for a preliminary U.S.-China trade pact before more tariffs are levied against Beijing next week, but plenty of other factors in December will keep investors on the edge of their seats.
8:58 a.m. Dec. 7, 2019 - By Andrew Keshner
The Federal Reserve wants make it easier to approve personal loans ‘The agencies recognize that use of alternative data may improve the speed and accuracy of credit decisions,’ they said in a joint statement‘The agencies recognize that use of alternative data may improve the speed and accuracy of credit decisions,’ they said in a joint statement.
4:35 a.m. Dec. 7, 2019 - By Joy Wiltermuth
The repo market is ‘broken’ and Fed injections are not a lasting solution, market pros warn Banks prefer to keep money at Fed instead of lending to other banks Demand for short-term funding from the Federal Reserve is still running high ahead of the typical year-end cash crunch, even as the central bank has poured more than $320 billion into financial markets to keep credit flowing.
3:09 a.m. Dec. 6, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Repo-market turmoil raises almost existential question about post-crisis Wall Street rules, former Fed official says Tarullo asks if regulators have inadvertently put in place a system where big banks sit on cash and starve the financial system when liquidity is most neededFormer Fed Governor Dan Tarullo said the repo-market turmoil seen in September raises some broad questions about the regulations put in place after the financial crisis.
10:34 a.m. Dec. 4, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Fed Has Been Quietly Increasing the Size of Its Money-Market Interventions The central bank is seeking to keep interest rates from rising around the end of the year.
9:29 a.m. Dec. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Quarles agrees with JPMorgan CEO Dimon on cause of repo-market turmoil Rules put in place after the financial crisis ‘were contributors’ to the severe stress, central banker saysFed Vice Chairman for Banking Supervision Randal Quales sided with JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon that the rules put in place since the financial crisis contributed to the turmoil in the short-term lending market in September
10:12 p.m. Dec. 3, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
An AI winter for chip stocks and an America First Tax are Saxo Bank’s ‘Outrageous Predictions’ for 2020 ECB hiking rates and a Democratic election sweep in the U.S.?Welcome to Saxo Bank’s annual rite of passage — “Outrageous Predictions 2020,” a shock-inducing report that the Danish investment bank’s team has been coming up with for nearly 20 years.
12:15 a.m. Dec. 2, 2019 - Barrons.com
Podcast: Will Stocks Keep Climbing Next Year? No, Says Morgan Stanley Listen to Monday morning’s episode of our mini-podcast Numbers By Barron’s.
11:47 a.m. Nov. 26, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
U.S. stocks end at all-time highs, major indexes clinch 10th record close of November Disney leads Dow higher as a million a day sign up for new streaming service All three major U.S. stock-market indexes closed at fresh highs Tuesday, as U.S.-China trade optimism pushed the benchmarks beyond Monday’s record-setting closes.
2:36 a.m. Nov. 25, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Why are markets ignoring escalating conflict in Hong Kong? Investors are betting Hong Kong protests will blow overInvestors are betting that U.S.-China trade relations can survive Congress’ protest against Beijing’s policy toward Hong Kong
8:03 a.m. Nov. 23, 2019 - By Ivan Martchev
You better believe the Fed is doing quantitative easing — and here are the beneficiaries The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet is on track to rise to a record high by mid-2020, creating a fertile ground for risk assetsThe Federal Reserve’s balance sheet is on track to rise to a record high by mid-2020, creating a fertile ground for risk assets, says Ivan Martchev.
4:18 a.m. Nov. 23, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Why Dow 28,000 could mark that ‘blowoff top’ bears have been predictingLast month, the Fed began snatching up short-term Treasury debt to the tune of $60 billion per month in response to the repo mess that sent a chill through Wall Street back in September. While it might sound like another round of quantitative easing, Jerome Powell wanted to make it clear: It’s not. “In no sense is this QE,” he said. One blogger isn’t buying it.
11:04 a.m. Nov. 22, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
JPMorgan anticipates ‘disorderly’ year-end funding pressures again as banks retrench JPMorgan CEO Dimon has blamed liquidity regulations for contributing to elevated rates in funding marketsThe liquidity problems in U.S. money markets that pushed up short term interest rates in September may recur at the end of this year, despite the Federal Reserve’s move to begin regular auctions to inject cash into the banking system, according to J.P. Morgan.
3:00 p.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - Barrons.com
Walt Disney Shares Pop on Big Subscriber Numbers for Disney+ The Mouse House’s new streaming service picks up 10 million subscribers on its first day. That’s enough to drive the stock up, push the Dow to a record, and send Netflix lower.
9:02 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Brainard calls for ‘heightened vigilance’ on financial stability Comment comes as central bank releases latest report on financial system vulnerabilitiesFed Governor Lael Brainard on Friday called for ‘heightened vigilance’ of the financial sector, as the central bank released its latest financial stability report.
9:38 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Powell says interest rates will be on hold absent a material deterioration in economy Central bank chief says baseline outlook for economy ‘remains favorable’ but there are risksFed Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that interest rates are on hold absent a material deterioration of the economy.
6:59 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500, Nasdaq ease from latest records Focus: Biotech sector’s breakout attempt, Emerging markets, IBB, EEM, DIS, ZBRA, STLD, BLDRU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, treading water amid Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s remarks to Congress. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have pulled in modestly from their latest record highs, while the Dow industrials rise slightly after registering an absolutely unchanged Tuesday session — a 0.00-point net change, to the decimal.
1:30 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
$700 Quintillion Is Way Too Much to Pay for an Asteroid NASA has plans to visit an asteroid worth in the neighborhood of $700 quintillion. Yet even if it was somehow hauled back to earth, it wouldn’t make everyone rich.
11:21 a.m. Nov. 12, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Nasdaq ekes out record as investors look past Trump speech Dean Foods files for chapter 11 bankruptcyU.S. stocks mostly ended higher on Tuesday as President Donald Trump suggests a trade deal could happen soon but did not offer much clarity on the possibility of a tariff rollback as part of the agreement.
6:28 a.m. Nov. 12, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
FDIC Chairman on repo market, LIBOR, and farm loans One big concern: banks are still writing loans pegged to the LIBOR benchmark that will soon be retiredThe head of the banking regulator sat down with MarketWatch for a talk about the biggest issues in the banking world now.
11:18 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By William Watts
How the Fed’s ‘quasi-QE’ helped turn a prominent stock-market bear bullish on cyclicals — for now Cyclical stocks poised to outperform over next 6 months: Stifel’s BannisterStifel’s Barry Bannister, who called last year’s fourth-quarter equities selloff, tells MarketWatch in an interview why he’s turned positive on the market — for now — and looks for cyclical stocks to rally over the next six months.
10:19 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Fed can no longer ignore the economic ‘shocks’ of climate change, Brainard says The central bank has lagged behind its global peers in commentary and policy positions on rising sea levels, fires and other climate-change risks Climate change poses just the kind of “shock” to the economy that she and colleagues can no longer just ignore, Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard said Friday at a first-of-its-kind Fed summit in San Francisco.
9:05 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - Barrons.com
Understanding Climate Risk Is ‘Essential,’ Says San Francisco Fed Chief At the Fed’s first-ever conference on climate change, San Francisco Fed head Mary Daly cites potential risk to payment systems
6:57 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish market rotation, S&P 500 digests decisive November breakout Focus: November cross currents across asset classes strengthen bull case, 10-year yield signals trend shift, TNX, UUP, GLD, FXY, XLU, IYRU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, treading water in the wake of potentially consequential November breakouts. Against this backdrop, each big three benchmark is digesting a rally to all-time highs, a move punctuated by bullish market rotation — across sectors and asset classes — strengthening the bull case.
6:48 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Fed can no longer ignore potential economic 'shocks' of climate change: BrainardClimate change is just the kind of "shock" to the economy that the Federal Reserve can no longer ignore, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said Friday. Not only are there short-term natural disasters like the wild fires in California to consider, there are potential longer-term implications as well, she said. "To the extent that climate change and the associated policy responses affect productivity and long-run economic growth, there may be implications for the long-run neutral level of the real interest rate, which is a key consideration in monetary policy," Brainard said, at a first-of-its-kind Fed summit to focus on the economic and policy affects of climate change, hosted by the San Francisco Fed. Brainard said the Fed is monitoring how climate change effects the banking system's operations, the impact of climate policies on the energy sector and how weather affects the economy.
7:40 a.m. Nov. 5, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500, Nasdaq knife to uncharted territory Focus: Regional banks extend trendline breakout, Materials sector challenges major resistance, KRE, XLB, TSLA, BABA, X, KLACTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ already-bullish backdrop has strengthened amid a decisive November breakout, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:03 a.m. Nov. 5, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500, Nasdaq knife to uncharted territory Focus: Regional banks extend trendline breakout, Materials sector challenges major resistance, KRE, XLB, TSLA, BABA, X, KLACTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ already-bullish backdrop has strengthened amid a decisive November breakout. In the process, each big three benchmark has concurrently tagged all-time highs — and is traversing previously uncharted territory, capped by no true resistance — opening the path to potentially material longer-term follow-through.
4:35 a.m. Nov. 5, 2019 - By Andrew Keshner
This former Trump official has a lot in common with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on wiping out student debt ‘This not a partisan issue. This is what’s right for America.’‘This not a partisan issue. This is what’s right for America.’
5:59 a.m. Nov. 2, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
‘We are all screwed!’ The U.S. is like a banana republic and a depression could be on the way, warns money manager Michael Pento of Pento Portfolio Strategies gves us his timely Halloween-week assessment of the current climate.
12:00 a.m. Nov. 1, 2019 - Barrons.com
Treasury Issuance May Present Issues for the Fed There is a chance the Treasury’s latest refunding plans involve too many long-term notes and bonds and too few bills for the market to absorb easily. That could undermine the Fed’s efforts to stabilize money markets.
8:22 a.m. Oct. 30, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Why a strong dollar could be a warning sign Normally ‘something gives’ when the greenback gets this strongThe strength of the U.S. dollar doesn’t help U.S. companies — but it’s the relatively perkier yields on U.S. government bonds that’s attracting more capital to the country
6:56 a.m. Oct. 30, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags the breakout point ahead of Fed Focus: Nasdaq 100 digests break to record territory, Health care sector tags year-to-date peak, QQQ, XLV, KSU, CNC, KEY, GLUUU.S. stocks are slightly lower early Wednesday, treading water ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy directive, and an expected interest-rate cut, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has maintained its breakout point (3,028) intraday, though the initial retest remains underway. The response to the Fed’s statement, and the session close, will likely add color.
10:46 a.m. Oct. 28, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
He warned the Fed might lose control over a $2 trillion interest-rate market — Now he says it might happen again Cabana worked at New York Fed’s markets group for more than 8 yearsMark Cabana of BAML was one of the most vocal market participants who warned investors of the emerging strains in short-term borrowing markets well before it happened.
7:24 a.m. Oct. 28, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a break to record territory, S&P 500 ventures atop major resistance Focus: Retail sector’s bullish reversal pattern, Intel’s earnings-fueled breakout, XRT, INTC, C, HLT, LSTRU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, though off the session’s best levels, rising amid signs of China-U.S. trade progress and ahead of a widely-expected Federal Reserve interest rate cut mid-week. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured atop major resistance (3,028), tagging an intraday all-time high. A close atop resistance would mark a break to uncharted territory, opening the path to potentially material intermediate-term follow-through.
11:23 a.m. Oct. 26, 2019 - By Sven Henrich
The Federal Reserve is in stealth intervention mode What the central bank passes off as ‘funding issues’ could more accurately be described as liquidity injections to keep interest rates lowWhat the central bank passes off as ‘funding issues’ could more accurately be described as liquidity injections to keep interest rates low, argues Sven Henrich.
8:55 p.m. Oct. 25, 2019 - Barrons.com
Big Money Poll: Bears Rise to a Two-Decade-Plus High After a strong year for stocks, our latest poll finds the bulls’ ranks have shrunk to a 20-year low. The big worry? That politics will trip up the market.
4:35 a.m. Oct. 25, 2019 - By Andrew Keshner
Trump education official wants to cancel $925 billion in student debt — but here are other ways to address the problem A. Wayne Johnson is reportedly planning to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate when he formally leaves his government postA. Wayne Johnson is reportedly planning to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate when he formally leaves his government post.
2:03 p.m. Oct. 24, 2019 - By Meera Jagannathan
This man died and left his wife of 21 years nothing — her stepchildren told her to scram, and this analysis of 40 million Uber rides finally reveals exactly how much people tip Thursday’s top personal finance stories Thursday’s top personal finance storiesThursday’s top personal finance stories
11:01 a.m. Oct. 24, 2019 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
A resigning Trump education official wants to ‘stop the insanity’ of student loans A. Wayne Johnson proposed forgiving $925 billion in student loans, calling the system ‘fundamentally broken’ A. Wayne Johnson proposed forgiving $925 billion in student loans, calling the system ‘fundamentally broken’
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