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6:22 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m a farmer in my late 30s and live a frugal lifestyle. My son has a disability. Should I pay extra on my mortgage — or save for retirement? ‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives’‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives.’
8:12 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500 (slightly) extends April breakout Focus: Communications services sector tags record highs, Apple’s stealth trendline breakout, XLC, AAPL, IBM, ON, NUANU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating ahead of scheduled remarks from the Federal Reserve Chairman. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged its latest record high, though narrowly, while the Nasdaq Composite has extended an already-aggressive trendline breakout.
7:58 a.m. April 7, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500 tags technical target (4,085) Focus: Europe digests break to 12-year highs, IEV, ASML, ADI, EMR, YUMU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials are digesting decisive breaks to record territory, while the Nasdaq Composite has sustained an aggressive trendline breakout.
5:34 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Frugality will continue to reign’: Eager to save hundreds of dollars, Americans flock to one type of product A new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trendsA new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trends.
2:29 p.m. March 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck Roughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $500 in the past 3 monthsRoughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $500 in the past 3 months.
10:17 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists, S&P 500 capped by the breakdown point Focus: Small- and mid-caps extend March downturn, Nasdaq capped by 50-day averageU.S. stocks are mixed Wednesday, vacillating as Treasury yields continue to stabilize in the wake of largely uneventful Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains capped by its breakdown point (3,950) amid still largely range-bound price action as market rotation persists.
10:06 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Williams doesn't expect inflation pressures building over next couple of yearsThe U.S. economy will recover "really nicely" over the next couple of years, but this doesn't mean inflation pressures will build, said New York Fed President John Williams on Wednesday. "I don't see inflationary pressures really building during that time," Williams said during a webinar sponsored by Syracuse University. He noted that inflation rates around the world are very low. In addition, there are still 9 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than at the start of the pandemic. If inflation does surprise to the upside, the Fed has the tools to get inflation down near the Fed's 2% annual goal, Williams said.
10:29 a.m. March 23, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Powell, Yellen face House panel amid concerns over deficit, inflation: live blog Biden’s reported $3 trillion package for infrastructure expected to dominate hearingFed Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testify together for the first time Tuesday before the House Financial Services panel.
12:30 p.m. March 22, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Powell says U.S. economy 'looks to be strengthening'The U.S. economy has recovered more quickly than generally expected "and looks to be strengthening," said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in remarks released on Monday. Consumer spending, housing, business investment and manufacturing productions have all picked up, he noted. This good news is due to the unprecedented support from Congress and the central bank in fighting COVID, Powell said. "But the recovery is far from complete, so, at the Fed, we will continue to provide the economy with the support that it needs for as long as it takes," he said. The path of the economy still depends on the pandemic, Powell added. He made the comments in testimony to be delivered Tuesday to a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the government's response to COVID. It is the panel's custom to release text of testimony on the night before a hearing.
8:20 a.m. March 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags familiar support Focus: Basic materials assert bull flag, XLB, WHR, FTNT, USB, FOURU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating in the wake of this week’s Federal Reserve policy actions. Against this backdrop, the bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though the prevailing market technicals are not one-size-fits-all.
6:19 a.m. March 19, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Bank ETFs slide on surprise Fed decisionExchange-traded funds with exposure to the financial sector slipped on Friday after the Federal Reserve said it would not extend a measure of bank regulatory relief. The Invesco KWB Bank ETF was down 2.2% mid-morning, and the First Trust Nasdaq Bank ETF and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund each fell 1.7%. Regional-bank funds fared the same: the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF gave up 1.7%. The Fed's decision means that starting on April 1, big banks will have to include Treasurys in calculation of the Supplementary Leverage Ratio. An exemption to that rule was put in place in the aftermath of the coronavirus market shocks.
12:02 a.m. March 19, 2021 - MarketWatch
Bank of Japan drops stock-buying targetTOKYO--The Bank of Japan dropped its annual target for stock purchases Friday, a shift for the central bank after years of building a stock portfolio worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Since 2016, the Bank of Japan had said it would seek to buy about Yen6 trillion, equivalent to $55 billion, in exchange-traded stock funds annually.
8:18 a.m. March 18, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: Dow industrials take flight amid surging Treasury yields Focus: 10-year yield continues to take flight, TNX, NDAQ, DHI, XPO, VNOMU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating as market rotation persists after the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday policy statement. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has extended a break atop the 33,000 mark, as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply maintain a posture atop its 50-day moving average.
8:35 a.m. March 17, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Fed faces communication challenge as doubts mount about its easy policy stance: live blog In wake of vaccine-rollout and $1.9 trillion stimulus, markets think first Fed interest-rate hike is no longer years awayThe Federal Reserve will release its latest views on the economy and the ‘dot-plot’ view of interest rate policy at 2pm Eastern. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will follow with a press conference a half-hour later.
7:54 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 digests breakout ahead of Fed Focus: Metals & mining sector sustains break to six-year highs, Facebook’s stealth trendline breakout, XME, FB, SIMO, SBUX, ANU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, due out this afternoon.
8:15 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 nails the range top Focus: Retail sector tags record close, General Motors reaches uncharted territory, XRT, GM, LKQ, ANTM, JWNU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s mid-week policy meeting. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is digesting an aggressive break to record territory, while the S&P 500’s slow-motion breakout attempt remains underway.
10:43 a.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Powell says strong growth later this year is his ‘base-case’ forecast: live blog recap Fed chairman also talks about digital dollar, climate change Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday his “base case” forecast is strong growth later this year.
10:03 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Powell says economy still ‘long way’ from full health: live-blog recap Fed chairman says rising bond yields show market is confident of improved economyHere is a recap of live blog of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony to the Senate Banking Committee.
9:26 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Wells Fargo stock surges to 11-month high, even as Warren Buffett sells 75 million sharesShares of Wells Fargo & Co. surged 4.7% in afternoon trading Wednesday, enough to pace its financial sector peers, and to put them on track to close at an 11-month high. The rally comes as the San Francisco-based bank, which got itself in hot water with regulators over a fake-account scandal years ago, is looking to cut its annual budget by at least $8 billion without angering those regulators, as . Meanwhile, , citing people with knowledge of the matter, that Federal Reserve officials have privately signaled that they accept the bank's proposal for overhauling its risk management and governance, which puts the bank on course for the Fed to lift the cap placed on the bank's assets. A Fed spokesperson declined a MarketWatch request for comment. The stock's rally also comes after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. disclosed late Tuesday that it sold 74.96 million Wells Fargo shares, or 58.8% of its stake, during the fourth quarter. The stock, which is headed for the highest close since March 6, has rallied 45.5% over the past three months, while the SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF has gained 16.3% and the S&P 500 has advanced 8.6%.
11:55 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Daly says runaway inflation isn't around the cornerInvestors shouldn't worry that there will suddenly be an outbreak of higher inflation, said San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly on Tuesday. "There is a concern out there...that we are spurring unwanted inflation," Daly said during a talk at the University of San Francisco. "I am not thinking that we have unwanted inflation around the corner," Daly said. If inflation should suddenly rise, the Fed is "very very good and practiced" at keeping inflation down at 2%. "I do think we should be less fearful about inflation around the corner and recognize that fear costs millions of jobs," added Daly, who a voting member of the Fed's interest-rate committee this year.
8:18 a.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500, Nasdaq digest breaks to uncharted territory Focus: Industrial sector’s breakout attempt, Zoom Video and McDonald’s signal trend shifts, XLI, XM, MCD, SWKS, HOLXU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, treading water after a generally strong batch of quarterly earnings reports and ahead of scheduled remarks by the Federal Reserve Chairman. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark is digesting its latest break to record territory amid thus far muted mid-week selling pressure.
11:31 a.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
How new Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will impact retirement in the future During a Senate hearing, Yellen said she would look into tax benefits, Social Security and ways to help Americans saveDuring a Senate hearing, Yellen said she would look into tax benefits, Social Security and ways to help Americans save
8:00 a.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an intraday downdraft, S&P 500 retests near-term support (3,764) Nasdaq maintains gap support, Small- and mid-cap benchmarks retest near-term floorsU.S. stocks are firmly on the defensive early Wednesday, pressured after a mixed batch of quarterly earnings reports, and ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy directive, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured under its breakout point (3,826), pulling in to an initially successful retest of familiar near-term support (3,764).
9:23 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Yellen champions Biden’s economic plan at confirmation hearing: live blog Former Fed chairwoman calls for U.S. to ‘act big’Join MarketWatch for a live blog of the Senate confirmation hearing for Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Treasury Department.
2:24 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Bank of America sets $2.9 billion stock buyback program through March, to pay regular dividendShares of Bank of America Corp. gained 1.2% in premarket trading Tuesday, after the bank said it authorized the repurchase of $2.9 billion worth of common shares through March 31. The bank also announced a regular quarterly dividend of 18 cents a share, to be payable March 26 to shareholders of record on March 5. The announcements come ahead of BofA's fourth-quarter report, which is expected to be revealed later on Tuesday. The bank said that is the maximum allowed for the period, under guidelines established by the Federal Reserve. Based on Friday's closing stock price of $33.01, that buyback program could represent up to 87.85 million shares, or about 1% of the shares outstanding. BofA's stock has run up 39.2% over the past three months through Friday, while the S&P 500 has gained 10.0%.
10:37 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
More than 4,000 U.S. lives lost to COVID in single day, exceeding death toll from 9/11 attacks Numbers exceed even worst-case scenario forecasts of health experts as vaccine rollout continues to lag targetsThe U.S. set yet another record for the number of fatalities from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 and recorded the highest number of new cases since the start of the outbreak, with the latest numbers exceeding even the worst case scenario forecasts of health experts.
11:15 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 - By Alex Mashinsky
3 steps to take in your 20s to make sure you see retirement How to reach financial independence when interest is 0% and there’s no return on bondsGetting to financial independence in a world with 0% rates and no returns on bonds
4:16 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the 20 worst-performing S&P 500 stocks of 2020 — analysts see double-digit rebounds for five of them in 2021 The action is concentrated in one sectorThe action is concentrated in one sector.
8:49 a.m. Dec. 21, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Bank ETFs jump as Fed allows buybacksExchange-traded funds linked to financial stocks were among the best performers of the session midday Monday, the first trading day after the Federal Reserve loosened restrictions on big banks to allow them to buy back some of their stock. The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund was up 0.9%, making it the only fund tracking one of the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 in positive territory. The Invesco KBW Bank ETF was 0.7% higher, and the Vanguard Financials ETF gained 0.6%. The bank-focused funds have surged over the past month, along with bond yields and the yield curve, which measures the difference between short- and longer-dated bonds. The SPDR fund has gained 5.4% over the past month, while the Invesco fund is up 7% in that time. That compares to a 3.5% increase for the S&P 500 .
3:33 a.m. Dec. 21, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Banks stocks rally to buck broader market selloff after Fed to allow share buybacks againBank stocks are showing green in sea of red in premarket trading Monday, after it will allow big banks to start buying back stock again, restrictions which were put in place in June amid concerns over the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fed said the latest stress tests confirmed that the big banks were in good financial health despite the recession. The SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF rallied 0.7% in premarket trading. Among some of the ETF's most heavily weighted banking components, shares of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. rallied 3.6%, Bank of America Corp. got a 2.9% boost, Citigroup Inc. climbed 3.0%, Wells Fargo & Co. advanced 1.3% and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. gained 2.8%. The rallies come while futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 442 points, or 1.5%, amid concerns over that causes COVID-19.
7:42 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020 - By Louis D’Anella
These are the last days of small government and investors need to prepare for ‘neofiscalism’ Government is going to take a bigger role in the economy and that will affect your investment decisionsGovernment is going to take a bigger role in the economy and that will affect your investment decisions.
10:10 a.m. Dec. 11, 2020 - By Alex Mashinsky
3 steps anyone in their 20s can take to make sure they have a chance to see retirement How to reach financial independence in a world with 0% rates and no returns on bondsHow to reach financial independence in a world with 0% rates and no returns on bonds
1:03 a.m. Dec. 3, 2020 - By Margarette Burnette
Smart moves to boost your savings even with low interest rates You’re saving, so here’s what you can do to make the most of itYes, your savings may be earning smaller yields, but with a little time and attention, there are still ways to eke out growth.
10:44 a.m. Dec. 2, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
Biden confirms he wants Janet Yellen to be his Treasury secretary — what that means for cash-strapped American families Biden announced Yellen and his picks for other key economic positions on Monday.Biden announced Yellen and his picks for other key economic positions on Monday.
7:36 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Mnuchin, Powell sound supportive on new $908 billion coronavirus relief packageTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell expressed some support on Tuesday for a new with a $908 billion price tag. "It sounds like you're hitting a lot of the areas that could definitely benefit from help," Powell said, when asked about the proposal at a . Mnuchin said: "I look forward to reviewing with you the overall package. I do think that more fiscal response is needed." The Treasury secretary also said he planned to talk on Tuesday afternoon with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat, about fresh stimulus and a bill to avoid a government shutdown, adding that he has spoken more than once this week with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, and has kept President Donald Trump updated.
1:35 p.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Nick Timiraos
Powell says Fed actions unlocked $2 trillion to support economy Fed chief, Treasury secretary are set to testify Tuesday at congressional hearingFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank’s actions to backstop a range of credit markets after the coronavirus convulsed Wall Street this past spring had unlocked almost $2 trillion to support businesses, cities and states.
10:37 a.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
‘Wall Street is thrilled’: Analysts react to Yellen as Biden’s pick for Treasury secretary President-elect’s picks for economic team are mostly ‘not aligned with progressives’ except for Tanden at OMB, says one Washington watcherPresident-elect Joe Biden’s transition team officially announces Janet Yellen as his Treasury pick on Monday, along with other selections for his economic team. Here are some reactions from economists and other analysts.
6:10 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. consumer spending moderates in October Consumer spending moderated in October, the government said Wednesday. Consumer spending rose 0.5% after a revised 1.2% gain in September, the government said Wednesday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had predicted a 0.4% increase. Personal income slumped 0.7% in October after a 0.7% gain in the prior month. This was led by a decrease in government social benefits. The 12-month increase in the PCE index, the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge, slipped to 1.2% in October from 1.4% in the prior month. The core PCE rate that strips out food and energy edged down to 1.3% from 1.5% on an annual basis.
11:09 a.m. Nov. 23, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Biden picks Yellen for Treasury secretary: WSJPresident-elect Joe Biden has selected former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury Department, said a citing unnamed sources. Biden had said he expected to reveal his choice for Treasury secretary around Thanksgiving.
12:32 p.m. Nov. 19, 2020 - By Robert Schroeder
Biden says he's decided on Treasury nominee and will announce around Thanksgiving President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said he's made a decision on who he'll nominate as Treasury secretary, and that he'll announce the name before or after Thanksgiving. Possible picks include and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat. Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Fed governor, is another candidate in the mix, as, reportedly, is Janet Yellen, the former head of the Federal Reserve. Biden said the person would be accepted by "all elements" of the Democratic Party.
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