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    No-Deal Brexit: 3 Things to Know About the U.K.'s 'Worst-Case Scenario' No-Deal Brexit: 3 Things to Know About the U.K.'s 'Worst-Case Scenario' 2:36
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8:52 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Carmen M. Reinhart
Powell’s dilemma: Easing offsets trade uncertainty, but invites more of the same from Trump To Trump’s dismay, the Fed won’t join global race to the bottom Probably to Jerome Powell’s deep and never-to-be-expressed frustration, the Fed is setting monetary policy in a way that increases the likelihood that Donald Trump will be re-elected next year.
5:07 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Peter Morici
Dear Mr. Powell and Mr. Draghi: It’s nuts to go negative It’s crazy to keep lowering rates after it’s clear that lower rates aren’t workingCentral bankers are chasing the wrong target — 2% inflation — with interest-rate policies that have demonstrated little effectiveness for at least the last decade.
1:00 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.
12:06 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Swiss National Bank leaves base rate unchanged while cutting growth and inflation viewThe Swiss National Bank on Thursday left its key policy rate and expansionary monetary policy unchanged, but said it "remains willing to intervene in the foreign exchange market as necessary." The central bank said it was also tweaking the basis for calculating negative interest rates on sight deposits -- deposits that can be quickly pulled out or without any notice -- at the SNB. The bank said its expansionary monetary policy is still needed owing to international developments and the country's inflation outlook. "Negative interest and the willingness to intervene are important in order to counteract the attractiveness of Swiss franc investments and thus ease pressure on the currency. In this way, the SNB stabilises price developments and supports economic activity," the bank said. Its conditional inflation forecast for the current year was lowered to 0.4% from 0.6% in the previous quarter, and its growth forecast was cut to between 0.5% and 1% for 2019 as a whole,compared to around 1.5% in June. The Swiss franc dropped 0.3% against the euro to 1.0968 francs, and fell 0.4% to 0.9928 franc versus the dollar.
12:21 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Fed’s Next Task Is Repairing Money Markets The Federal Reserve needs to fix the bond market’s plumbing. It has three main options.
1:18 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
British pound under pressure on softer-than-forecast inflation dataThe British pound came under pressure Wednesday as inflation data grew softer than forecast in August.
8:42 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Bill Bischoff
Paying your bills in bitcoin? Watch out for these tax issues Beware — the IRS is on the prowl for cryptocurrency tax scofflawsBeware — the IRS is on the prowl for cryptocurrency tax scofflaws.
8:08 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - Barrons.com
Bloomberg and State Street Partner Up for New ESG Indexes Bloomberg is officially joining the equity benchmark business, and ESG—or environmental, social, and governance—investing is the company’s first target.
7:45 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - Barrons.com
Money-Market Rates Soar. Here’s What It Means. The Federal Reserve broke out an old policy-implementation tool for the first time in years, and technical difficulties ensued. So the latest spike in money-market rates isn’t a reason for investors to worry about a credit crunch or other deeper problems in financial markets.
7:04 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Reva Goujon
Iran’s brazenness is paying off, giving the U.S. few options Iran’s Rouhani, in exposing Trump’s reluctance toward war, is carefully rebuilding negotiating leverage with its nuclear programIran’s Rouhani, in exposing Trump’s reluctance toward war, is carefully rebuilding negotiating leverage with its nuclear program.
5:47 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
British pound edges higher as Supreme Court hears Brexit case UK court case expected to take several daysThe British pound was higher on Tuesday as the Supreme Court heard a case over whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament before the country was due to leave the European Union was legal.
2:30 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - Barrons.com
Oil Prices Can’t Make or Break Emerging Markets Anymore Emerging markets’ muted reaction to the Saudi oil attack may be dictating a new reality.
10:00 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Pierre Briançon
Why the ECB’s calls for fiscal stimulus are playing on deaf ears Eurozone members divided over their response to Mario Draghi’s exhortation Some countries can’t spend more, the others don’t want to. And reforms to bridge the differences have stalled.
11:44 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Oil-pegged currencies pop after the biggest jump for crude prices in a decade Russia’s ruble headed 0.8% against the U.S. dollar on MondayCurrencies linked to oil prices pop on Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities over the weekend knocked out 5% of the world’s production, with some analysts speculating that it could take months to bring the facilities back online.
7:34 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - Barrons.com
‘Doomsday Scenarios’ Can Blow Up Your Investments. Financial advisors are beginning to prepare for some bad, but not unthinkable, “doomsday” scenarios, such as stagnant global growth as a result of record-high debt and record-low rates, or a deepened conflict between the U.S. and China.
2:05 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Peter Morici
Libra is an opportunity to leapfrog Chinese fintech to achieve cashless economy Opposition to Facebook’s cryptocurrency is disingenuous and short-sightedLibra is an opportunity for the American financial industry to leapfrog Alipay and other Chinese fintech, provide much of the world with sorely needed reliable banking and simply make doing business in America and worldwide less expensive.
12:47 p.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Peter Morici
How to win the trade war with China Trump will have to hit Xi a lot harder to get resultsThe White House says the U.S. is winning the trade war with China, but Beijing is unlikely to sue for peace anytime soon, writes Peter Morici.
12:27 p.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Why the coming recession could force the Federal Reserve to swap greenbacks for digital dollars Paper bank notes are being upgraded for a digital future around the worldPaper bank notes are being upgraded for a digital future around the world.
10:17 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Catey Hill
‘To hell with it’: She ditched Canada at 56 for Belize, where a couple can get ‘everything you could imagine’ for under $50,000 a year She moved to a beautiful, laid-back island in 2013 — and now, for a surprising reason, she’s returning to North AmericaShe moved to a beautiful, laid-back island in Belize in 2013. Here’s the surprising reason she’s returning to North America.
4:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
Letters to the Editor Letters on the global retirement crisis, the Federal Reserve, corporate earnings management, European stocks, and U.S. tariffs
4:09 p.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
Are Central Banks Losing Their Economic Clout? With interest rates already at startlingly low levels around the globe, fiscal policy—governments’ decisions on taxing and spending—might be about to replace monetary policy as an economic driver
10:37 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
Jim Grant: The Endgame for the Bull Market in Bonds Still-shrinking interest rates augur an historic turning point for sovereign debt. Is 2019 really 1981 in reverse?
10:11 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
Why China and the U.S. Face Similar Pressures to Resolve Trade Tensions China needs to shore up its economy and stabilize its markets ahead of a series of important anniversaries. What that means for investors—and for the Hong Kong protests.
9:48 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Why Russian and Chinese central banks will keep buying gold Russia’s central bank gold reserves are valued at more than $100 billionEmerging markets have beefed up gold holdings, undeterred by prices near their highest levels in more than six years, as countries such as Russia and China diversify their foreign-exchange reserves—a trend that is likely to continue.
8:13 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By rbisdale
Clueless about bitcoin? Here's your cryptocurrency crash courseYou've probably heard of bitcoin turning people into overnight millionaires, but are unsure how or if you could be part of the bitcoin wave. Here's what you need to know.
5:40 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
German tabloid likens ECB’s Draghi to Dracula as Bundesbank president adds criticism Newspaper says ECB is hurting German saversNot everyone’s a fan of the European Central Bank’s package of easing measures delivered Thursday.
5:36 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
China and Russia’s Central Banks Are Buying Gold The moves are due to concerns about the outlook for the dollar and the euro, and fears that the trade war could descend into a currency war.
3:30 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
Blame Argentina’s Economic Crisis on Repeated Mistakes The Macri government inherited a teetering economy and made things worse by borrowing heavily. Once things went bad, again, the International Monetary Fund compounded the problems with overly optimistic assumptions of the sort made in its Greek rescue efforts.
1:43 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - Barrons.com
Podcast: Steve Mnuchin Says a 50-Year Treasury May Be in Demand 3 numbers to help you navigate the market—in just two minutes.
1:36 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Pound climbs to nearly two-month high on Brexit report Sterling at highest level since second day Johnson was in officeThe British pound rose to a nearly two-month high on Friday as a report gave some hopes that the U.K. could leave the European Union in a negotiated manner.
1:18 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
European banks continue to rally after ECB cutEuropean banks advanced on Friday, continuing a rally as the European Central Bank took steps to improve the domestic economy while make it less painful to lenders.
12:59 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Laurie Petersen
Don’t fall for this phony AppleCare scam—like I did How it happened, and how you can avoid itI felt pretty foolish when, in a vulnerable moment, I gave scammers direct access to my bank account.
1:37 p.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - Barrons.com
The Dow Rose 45 Points Because China and the U.S. Are Making Nice The Dow notched its seventh straight gain with Thursday’s close, and now sits only 216 points below its 52-week high. The U.S. and China are trying to de-escalate trade tensions ahead of the face-to-face meeting in October.
12:40 p.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Dow logs 7th gain in a row on renewed trade optimism, ECB stimulus ECB cuts interest rates further into negative territory; U.S. and China to meet on trade in OctoberThe Dow marks its longest win streak in more than a year Thursday, after the European Central Bank’s announced fresh stimulus measures.
11:14 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - Barrons.com
China Seeks to Narrow Trade Talks With U.S. in Bid to Break Deadlock Beijing is looking to put thornier national-security issues on a separate track.
10:39 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold tallies a back-to-back gain after ECB unleashes basket of easy-money measures Palladium futures settle at a recordGold futures mark a second consecutive gain Thursday after the European Central Bank cut key eurozone interest rates and delivered a batch of measures intended to punch up the region’s sluggish economy — bullish moves for bullion.
8:08 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - Barrons.com
ECB Launches Long-Haul Easing The European Central Bank on Thursday launched a new round of monetary easing that surprised markets with its open-ended commitment.
7:37 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - Barrons.com
Oracle Stock Is Sliding Because Revenue Is Barely Growing Oracle reported a bevy of bad news last night including weaker-than-expected revenue, disappointing guidance, and a medical leave for co-CEO Mark Hurd. Analysts aren’t optimistic.
5:55 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - Barrons.com
Trump Ignores the Downsides of Negative Interest Rates Unlike last year, the president’s Fed bashing seems unfounded. Negative rates have failed to spur strong growth in Europe and Japan and would likely cause a firestorm among U.S. savers.
10:11 p.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Pierre Briançon
Too little or never enough: The ECB risks delivering only disappointment Whether it goes for a bazooka or a slingshot, the central bank’s choice will be controversialThe central bank will announce a new package of monetary easing on Thursday amid conflicting fears it may overreach — or be too timid.
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