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11:02 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Global deaths from COVID-19 top 2 million as U.S. suffers most weekly fatalities since start of the pandemic Weekly deaths exceed CDC’s estimate for flu-related deaths for entire 2019-2020 season The global case tally for the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed above 93 million on Friday and the death toll climbed above 2 million, with the U.S. leading all nations by cases and fatalities.
1:46 p.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Meera Jagannathan
How to talk to your kids about the storming of the Capitol, and Dr. Fauci on COVID-19 infections: ‘Things will get worse as we get into January’ Friday’s top personal finance stories Friday’s top personal finance storiesFriday’s top personal finance stories
10:31 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 - By J. Christopher Giancarlo
The future of money should be cashless — with a digital dollar giving faster, easier and cheaper access to your savings Central bank currency promises Americans economic and social benefits and helps the U.S. compete with ChinaCentral bank currency promises Americans economic and social benefits and helps the U.S. compete with China.
2:30 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 - Barrons.com
What Near-Zero Interest Rates Mean for Your Investing StrategyThe Fed drastically cut interest rates in response to the economic fallout from the pandemic. Here's what that means for your investments.
10:53 a.m. Nov. 2, 2020 - Barrons.com
Barron's on the Election and the FedBarron's reporter Nicholas Jasinksi discusses Jerome Powell's tenure and outlines what to watch from the Fed following the election.
5:00 a.m. Nov. 2, 2020 - Barrons.com
Your Election 2020 PortfolioHere's how to manage your money regardless of the election's outcome: Skybridge's Anthony Scaramucci analyzes equities, Wells Fargo Securities discusses bonds, Union Bank hits retail and Barron's covers the Fed.
4:48 p.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - By Alexander Rossides
Making capitalism work better is a perfect job for good old American know-how To strengthen the U.S. economy, give more Americans access to capital and wealth-building opportunities To strengthen the U.S. economy, give more Americans access to capital and wealth-building opportunities.
6:59 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Kaplan says he’s worried new forward guidance will spark risky trading Benefits of pledging to hold rates at zero don’t outweigh cost, Dallas Fed president saysBenefits of pledging to hold rates at zero don’t outweigh cost, Dallas Fed president says.
12:34 p.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Kashkari decries ‘absurd’ U.S. financial system that needs bailout every 10 years ‘How can it possibly be this fragile?’ Minneapolis Fed President asksMinneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari on Friday called for meaningful banking and financial system reform.
10:23 a.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - By MarketWatch
FOMC statement for September Fed plans to keep a key interest near zero until at least 2024The Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled it plans to keep a key U.S. short-term interest rate near zero at least through the end of 2023 to help the economy recover from the coronavirus.
8:01 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another bullish reversal: S&P 500, Nasdaq rally from key support Focus: Japan’s stealth breakout attempt, Amazon narrowly holds key support, EWJ, AMZN, VFC, CROX, TMU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising amid renewed vaccine optimism as well as merger and acquisition activity. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are concurrently rising from major support closely matching the 50-day moving average. The tandem successful retests preserve a bullish intermediate-term bias.
8:13 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500, Nasdaq sustain key technical breakouts Focus: 10-year yield tags two-month high, Airlines clear key trendline, TNX, JETS, COUP, MDT, TNDMU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a solid batch of economic data and as markets continue to digest recently dovish Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, the big three U.S. benchmarks are vying to build on already-consequential week-to-date technical breakouts.
8:25 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s persistently wild 2020 ride Focus: Technology sector scores massive single-day spike, Salesforce.com (+26%), Facebook (+8%), Netflix (+12%), Adobe (+9%) — in one dayU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid market-friendly Federal Reserve policy language. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended decisive breaks to record territory — clearing the 20-day volatility bands — while the Dow industrials have concurrently spiked to six-month highs.
8:04 a.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Nasdaq breaks to uncharted territory, S&P 500 (narrowly) nudges a record high Focus: Small- and mid-cap benchmarks assert holding pattern as August rotation persistsU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising after a mixed batch of earnings reports, and ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended a respectable break to record territory, while the S&P 500 has scratched out nominal record highs across consecutive sessions.
6:17 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - Associated Press
‘People need to do their laundry’ — national coin shortage is hurting laundromats As the economy recovers and businesses reopen, the coin supply is expected to normalizeThe national coin shortage has been an unusual side effect of the pandemic. Among its victims? Retailers, laundromats and even the tooth fairy.
8:10 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 traverses the range Focus: Mid-year currency cross currents persist, UUP, FXE, FXY, PG, TGT, UALU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy statement, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains range-bound, for now, though its intermediate-term path of least resistance continues to point higher.
5:35 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Stick to Apple and Microsoft, at least for now, says this fund manager Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day zeros on three big tech stocks that a Boston Private fund manager says are still delivering the goods for investors.
9:27 a.m. July 13, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Williams says shift away from scandal-plagued, interest-rate benchmark in 2 years remains on track despite coronavirus SOFR is slated to replace Libor by 2022New York Fed President John Williams emphasizes that officials will follow through with plans to discontinue a embattled benchmark for rates in financial markets at the start of 2022, despite all of the focus by financial firms on the coronavirus pandemic.
5:49 a.m. July 10, 2020 - By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
A mostly white Federal Reserve can’t fix our diverse economic problems The Fed’s race problem undermines its leadership in a time of crisisThe Federal Reserve has a chronic white male problem that is going to make it harder for the institution to help lead the country at a historic moment of crisis that, by definition, requires a strong diversity of views.
11:25 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By William Watts
‘The idea sounds relatively ludicrous’...Why currency analysts don’t believe Trump administration will pursue a proposal to undermine Hong Kong dollar peg Plan runs risk of backfiring, economists sayA proposal reportedly under consideration by U.S. officials that would take aim at the Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the U.S. currency is being met with disbelief by economists and currency traders. Here’s why.
12:11 p.m. July 7, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Federal Reserve leaders see ‘bumpier’ recovery, slower decline in unemployment Rash of new coronavirus cases imperils fragile economic recoverySenior Federal Reserve leaders say high unemployment is all but certain to persist until a treatment for the coronavirus is found and that the central bank might have to take more steps to help the labor market.
8:43 a.m. July 1, 2020 - By Greg Robb
In latest dark twist of pandemic, companies appear to be cutting wages Falling wages would be a concern for Federal Reserve It looks like companies are cutting wages for workers, a move that was almost unheard of pre-pandemic, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.
4:50 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Central banks need to re-think rules on risk-taking at hedge funds, insurance companies and even corporations, IMF’s market division chief says Central banks did the right thing in being aggressive, fast and large, but there are consequences for risk takingEmergency actions by central banks to shore up the financial system in the face of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year were appropriate, but regulators will need to re-think the rules about risk-taking for hedge funds and insurance companies, often called non-banks that operate in the “shadow banking system”, the top financial regulator at the International Monetary Fund says.
12:32 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks rise, but gains tempered by U.S. coronavirus concerns Lufthansa, H&M, Tesco and Wirecard on the moveEuropean stocks rose on Friday, brushing aside gloomy news on a record rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S., with gains for German business software group SAP SE and losses for Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB.
5:03 a.m. June 24, 2020 - By Mohamed A. El-Erian
U.S. political squabbling could doom the world to lower growth, wider inequality and dangerously distorted markets, says Mohamed El-Erian The world still looks to the U.S. to lead on the economy, but America is in no shape to driveThe most likely outcome is lower growth, worsening inequality, distorted markets, and rising financial risks. But this outcome is not preordained, says Mohamed El-Erian.
2:11 p.m. June 23, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
‘Will the Fed spend trillion of dollars, every year, forever to support the market?’ asks billionaire Howard Marks ‘How do people feel about buying securities that are high only because the Fed is buying?’Billionaire investor Howard Marks appears to have more questions than answers during a Tuesday interview with CNBC.
6:57 a.m. June 22, 2020 - By Peter Morici
U.S. should sanction Chinese banks for repression in China If Hong Kong is no longer free, then Washington should revoke its special privileges in trade and banking The Trump administration could accomplish real results by jointly sanctioning Hong Kong and Chinese banks to punish Beijing for its repression of its people..
3:41 p.m. June 17, 2020 - By Tyler Bond
The coronavirus recession is destroying millennials’ retirement dreams and they need to act now Millennials must use their political power if they hope to retire on a solid financial footingMillennials must use their political power if they hope to retire on a solid financial footing.
12:14 p.m. June 15, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Daly defends $3 trillion in asset purchases, saying they help broader sector of Americans than just financial markets San Francisco Fed president pushes back on argument that the central bank has put too much money into the financial systemSan Francisco Fed President Mary Daly on Monday defended the central bank’s purchase of $3 trillion in assets to ease financial market conditions, saying they’ve helped more Americans than just Wall Street
9:03 a.m. June 14, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Kaplan worries economy’s recovery may be slowed if coronavirus health practices remain ‘uneven’ U.S. unemployment rate will be at 8% or higher through year-end, the Dallas Fed president says Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said Sunday health-care procedures to combat the coronavirus were just as important as government funding for the nascent economic recovery and, to date, these efforts to reduce coronavirus infections have been “uneven.”
1:04 p.m. June 11, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed balance sheet essentially steady at just under $7.2 trillionAssets on the Federal Reserve's balance sheet rose marginally to $7.169 trillion as of Wednesday, up from $7.165 trillion last week. The assets have been hovering close to $7 trillion for the past month, but are over $3 trillion larger than they were one year ago. Former New York Fed President William Dudley said the Fed's balance sheet might hit $10 trillion before the recession is over. On Wednesday, the Fed announced it would continue purchases of Treasurys and agency mortgage-backed securities "at least at the current pace" of about $80 billion per month for Treasurys and about $40 billion per month for MBS. The Fed says the purchases are aimed at supporting market functioning. Economists also think the asset purchases are an open-ended form of quantitative easing, aimed at helping the economy while the Fed's interest-rate target is close to zero. The Fed also has set up nine lending facilities to help the financial system, municipalities and companies.
10:46 a.m. June 6, 2020 - By William Watts
How the U.S. dollar’s ‘almost silent slide’ is juicing the stock-market rally ICE U.S. Dollar Index down nearly 6% from March pandemic panic peakInvestors might not have noticed amid all the excitement, but a stealthy slide by the U.S. dollar should get some of the credit for the stock market’s stunning rally.
7:06 a.m. May 26, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Here’s why the Treasury’s record-breaking borrowing won’t dampen Wall Street’s mood, says JP Morgan U.S.’s budget deficits won’t drain liquidityCould the U.S.’s fiscal deficits drain liquidity from Wall Street as the Federal Reserve puts the brakes on its bond-buying and investors are forced to absorb the trillions of debt sold by the U.S. this year?
6:10 a.m. May 26, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
BlackRock portfolio manager says stock investors should watch out for these blind spots right now Critical information for the U.S. trading dayStocks are looking up for Tuesday, as investors get back to work after the Memorial Day weekend. Our call of the day says there is plenty that investors don’t understand right now, which could trip them up in future.
10:43 a.m. May 20, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Former IMF chief economist says Fed’s bond-buying is ‘smoke and mirrors,’ doesn’t solve U.S. debt problems ‘The debt is not a free lunch,’ said RogoffKenneth Rogoff, former IMF chief economist, takes issue with how investors have taken comfort in the Federal Reserve’s aggressive bond purchases
1:48 p.m. May 18, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Fed’s Powell to urge Congress to ‘do everything’ it can to help those suffering amid pandemic Federal Reserve to publicly disclose all loan recipients As Democrats and Republicans squabble over what kind of coronavirus relief to provide next to millions of suffering Americans, the chairman of the Federal Reserve has a simple message: Do everything you can.
5:25 a.m. May 16, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed says pandemic has created U.S. financial sector fragility that will last for some time Financial institutions, including banks, could experience strainsThe Federal Reserve on Friday said the coronavirus pandemic has created U.S. financial sector “fragilities” that will last for some time.
3:21 p.m. May 12, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Mester calls for more fiscal support to ward off ‘dire scenarios’ facing U.S. economy Cleveland Fed president says help needs to be bigger than first imaginedLoretta Mester, the president of the Cleveland Fed, on Tuesday said Congress needed to spend more money to ward off the ‘dire scenarios’ the economy is facing.
12:23 p.m. May 12, 2020 - By Chris Matthews
Dow books 450 point loss as stocks record biggest one-day slump since May 1 Nasdaq breaks six-day win streakU.S. stocks end sharply lower on Tuesday, erasing the previous day’s gains, as investors monitor tentative efforts to reopen the economy and weigh tensions between Washington and Beijing.
11:55 a.m. May 12, 2020 - By William Watts
Here’s what China’s coronavirus shutdown did to global supply chains China lost market share, likely accelerating a trend toward more diversified supply chains: New York Fed economistChina has lost market share when it comes to U.S. imports, possibly strengthening a trend that’s seen manufacturers move capacity back to the U.S. or ensure their supply chain is less dependent on a single country, according to a paper by a New York Federal Reserve economist.
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