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2:54 p.m. May 7, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Why are ‘Karens’ so angry? Such incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern lifeSuch incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern life.
12:20 p.m. May 5, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed Vice Chairman Clarida says it is not time yet to talk about taperingFederal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida on Wednesday said it was not time yet to begin conversations about possibly scaling back the central bank's asset purchases. The Fed is buying $120 billion per month of Treasurys and mortgage-related securities as well as keeping interest rates close to zero in order to stimulate the economy. The Fed has said it wants to see "substantial further progress" on its goals of full employment and stable inflation before tapering. Asked when the Fed should start "talking about talking about" tapering, Clarida replied: "We don't think so right now." Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said earlier this week it was time to start the discussion about tapering. Several Fed officials speaking on Wednesday have all disagreed with Kaplan. "We'll get more data -and as we move through the year- we will be able to make a judgement on 'substantial further progress,' but we're not there yet," Clarida said.
5:30 a.m. May 5, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Evans says chances of persistently higher inflation are 'remote'The chances that the $2.8 trillion stimulus measures passed by Congress since December will overheat the economy and generate higher inflation are remote, said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Wednesday. Inflation is likely to pick up in coming months as people resume normal activities and some bottlenecks emerge but simulations performed by economists at the Chicago Fed see inflation topping out at less than a full percentage point and dissipating in two or three years, Evans said in a speech to the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. "We still have some ways to go before we meet our goals" of full employment and stable 2% average inflation, Evans said. As a result, Fed policy "is likely on hold for some time," he added. Labor market conditions required to move interest rates off zero or to start to taper the $120 billion in monthly asset purchases "will not be met for a while," he said.
5:53 p.m. April 28, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Biden pitches families plan, infrastructure and calls on wealthy to pay ‘fair share’ in first speech to Congress: live blog and video State-of-the-Union-style speech will also focus on policing, immigrationPresident Joe Biden gives his first big speech to Congress on Wednesday night, in a State-of-the-Union-style address in which he’ll make the case to voters for his newly unveiled safety-net and education proposals.
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.
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.
10:33 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Homebuilder ETFs jump after Fed statementHome-builder exchange-traded funds rallied after the Federal Reserve said it would hold off on raising interest rates at least through the end of 2023. The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF gained 2.7% in the mid-afternoon, while the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF was up 1.2%. The Invesco Dynamic Building & Construction ETF ticked up 0.3%. Home-builder stocks fell in the morning after a disappointing housing-starts report, but rebounded after the central bank released its policy announcement mid-afternoon.
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.
12:53 p.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - By Tim Rostan
FBI and New York police warned Capitol Police of violent siege: reportNBC is reporting Sunday afternoon that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department last week. The report comes amid about how the federal force that protects the capitol complex was so easily overrun by pro-Trump demonstrators assembled to protest Wednesday's certification of the presidential election's result, with, in some cases, video footage showing Capitol Police officers retreating or allowing mob members to pass unimpeded on their way to storming the building and, particularly on the day itself, few arrests. The siege delayed for several hours debate on and tabulation of Electoral College results, which ultimately . Two Capitol Police force are dead in the wake of Wednesday's events.
4:21 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
15 stock-market winners that index-fund investors missed out on in 2020 These stocks aren’t in the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq-100These stocks aren’t in the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq-100.
4:17 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the best performing Nasdaq and S&P 500 stocks of 2020 COVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote workingCOVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote working.
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.
3:15 a.m. Nov. 9, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
What a Joe Biden presidency means for taxes, health care, housing, student debt — and another COVID-19 stimulus package Joe Biden is poised to become the nation’s next president after campaigning on an ambitious domestic agenda.Joe Biden is poised to become the nation’s next president after campaigning on an ambitious domestic agenda.
8:01 a.m. Oct. 30, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. consumer spending climbs 1.4% in September to cap off strong third quarter Fresh coronavirus outbreak threatens to slow U.S. economic recoveryAmericans spent more in September on goods and services such as new cars, clothing and recreation, a fifth straight increase that underpinned an historic rebound in the economy during the third quarter. Consumer spending rose 1.4% last month.
4:16 a.m. Oct. 22, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
‘I’m terrified, frankly’: These people are depending on another stimulus bill to stay afloat Without more federal pandemic relief, one person said, ‘Things are going to get a lot harder for a lot longer’Without more stimulus money, one person said, ‘things are going to get a lot harder for a lot longer.’
12:45 p.m. Oct. 13, 2020 - By Cody Willard
Prepare for the stock market to throw a fit but stay focused on innovative companies Cody Willard expects short-term volatility as investors clamor for government stimulusCody Willard expects short-term volatility as investors clamor for government stimulus.
12:16 p.m. Oct. 1, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumer spending climbs in August for fourth month in a row, but at a slower pace Households dip into savings to pay for spending after incomes fallAmericans ratcheted up their spending in August for the fourth month in a row in a good sign for the economy, but the increase was the smallest since the U.S. reopened and pointed to a slower recovery.
4:59 a.m. Oct. 1, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
5 big financial issues Trump and Biden didn’t mention in their first debate Unemployment was the top-searched issue on Google during the first presidential debateUnemployment was the top-searched issue on Google during the first presidential debate.
8:26 a.m. Sept. 26, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates are near record lows — but many Americans will struggle to find a lender willing to give them a home loan The supply of mortgages has dropped to the lowest level since 2014, according to one metricThe supply of mortgages has dropped to the lowest level since 2014, according to one metric.
7:50 a.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Evans: My comment that got markets' attention was really just a reading of already released Sept. statementChicago Fed President Charles Evans said Wednesday that his comment that moved financial markets earlier in the week was just a simple reading of the central bank's already-released September policy statement. "I really thought that I was pretty much reading out what our September policy statement was saying," Evans said, during a conversation sponsored by MNI. Evans said that the Fed statement says the Fed expects to hold its policy rate close to zero until inflation gets to 2%. After that, the Fed can begin to raise rates but policy will still be accommodative as the Fed seeks to get inflation to average 2% over some time. The dollar rose as traders interpreted his comment as a signal of an earlier lift-off of zero than anticipated. Evans said he thinks markets should understand that a 2.5% inflation rate for some period of time "is likely in the cards" if the central bank is doing its job right.
9:35 a.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Evans sees risks of ‘recessionary dynamics’ without more fiscal stimulus Chicago Fed president says economy has recovered 90% from pandemic lockdownChicago Fed President Charles Evans said Tuesday the economy needs more help from Congress, saying there could be recessionary dynamics without it.
9:00 p.m. Sept. 21, 2020 - By Associated Press
Asian equity markets track Wall Street’s retreat as investors fret over coronavirus pandemic’s continuing economic tollShares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain.
12:44 p.m. Sept. 19, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: Ray Dalio on what business and political leaders must do to keep the U.S. from splintering Also, an interview with Schwab chief investment strategist Liz Ann Sonders. Plus, attractive locations for retirement living.Also, an interview with Schwab chief investment strategist Liz Ann Sonders. Plus, attractive locations for retirement living.
6:51 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Bullard says inflation may be stronger than Wall Street expectsInflation may be stronger in coming quarters than Wall Street now expects, said St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Friday. "I actually think we're at a moment where you may see some inflation now," Bullard said, during a virtual discussion sponsored by the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Washington University. The Fed has signaled that it would allow inflation to overshoot its 2% target for some time. The pledge has met with some skepticism on Wall Street because the central bank has failed to hit its 2% target in recent years. Bullard said there were several factors that could push the price level higher: a more relaxed Fed, huge fiscal deficits and possible bottleneck pressures given the 30% annual growth rate expected in the June-September quarter. "I actually think you may see more inflation than we have during the pre-pandemic era... when inflation was very subdued," he said.
12:22 p.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
Fed signals interest rates to stay near zero through 2023 and spells out what it would take to move rates higher: live blog The Fed signaled interest rates would stay near zero through 2023 and spelled out what it would take to move rates higher in a statement and press conference on Wednesday.
6:26 a.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. industrial output cools in August after strong gain earlier in summer Industrial output up 0.4%, after strong gains of 3.5% in July and 6.1% in JuneU.S. industrial output rose 0.4% in August and most manufacturing industry growth has gradually slowed since strong gains earlier in the summer, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.
6:22 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. consumer prices surge for third month as cost of used cars soar, but inflation still low and expected to stay that way Consumer price index rises 0.4% in August; used car prices rev upThe cost of goods and services rose sharply in August for the third month in a row, but the increase mostly stems from a rebound in prices after a steep decline early in the coronavirus pandemic. Overall inflation is still quite low.
11:28 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumers increase borrowing in July for the second month in a row Americans take out more loans for autos and college tuition Consumer borrowing rose again in July largely for big purchases such as new autos or college tuition, but Americans remained cautious about spending in light of the U.S. economy’s slow recovery from the coronavirus.
9:37 p.m. Sept. 1, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Here’s what could trigger more stock market pullbacks this year, says Schwab trading pro Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOn the heels of a huge month for stocks in August, our call of the day says investors need to get ready for at least two pullbacks this year, with history as a guide.
5:59 a.m. Aug. 30, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife and her sister are bartering over a vacation home. Does a quitclaim override a will? Is a transfer on death deed better? ‘I don’t want a vacation home that I do not enjoy hanging over my head during my retirement’‘I don’t want a vacation home that I do not enjoy hanging over my head during my retirement.’
6:37 a.m. Aug. 29, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Don’t settle for skimpy bond yields and make dividend stocks your best income play, fixed-income veteran says The fixed-income market ‘is as much of a challenge as I have seen in 41 years,’ says Dan Genter, CEO of RNC Genter Capital ManagementThe fixed-income market ‘is as much of a challenge as I have seen in 41 years,’ says Dan Genter, CEO of RNC Genter Capital Management.
6:30 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumer spending up 1.9% in July as economic recovery loses some momentum Consumer incomes up 0.4%Americans increased spending in July for the third month in a row, but at a much slower pace in a sign that an economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic lost some steam.
12:46 a.m. Aug. 24, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Dr. Fauci says the U.S. can learn from Asian countries and island nations in the battle against COVID-19 The infectious-disease expert said, ‘To think that you can ignore the biologic and get the economy back, it’s not going to happen. You have got to do both.’The infectious-disease expert said, ‘To think that you can ignore the biologic and get the economy back, it’s not going to happen. You have got to do both.’
10:29 a.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index slows for second straight month in August Index falls to 17.2 this month after hitting 27.5 in JuneThe Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index fell to 17.2 in August from 24.1 in the prior month, the regional Fed bank said Thursday.
6:26 a.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By William M. Rodgers III
Changing the Federal Reserve’s mandate could provide a down payment on ending racial inequality Monetary policy should be calibrated to give a hand to the most disadvantaged AmericansThe Federal Reserve should be given the job of helping to make the U.S. economy more just.
2:37 a.m. Aug. 16, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates keep falling — will they finally drop to 0%? Outside the U.S., lenders have even offered mortgages with negative interest ratesOutside the U.S., lenders have even offered mortgages with negative interest rates.
2:37 a.m. Aug. 16, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Refinancing your mortgage will cost more thanks to a new fee from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are rolling out a new ‘adverse market fee’ in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Critics of the move say it will cost homeowners thousands of dollarsFannie Mae and Freddie Mac are rolling out a new ‘adverse market fee’ in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Critics of the move say it will cost homeowners thousands of dollars.
6:30 a.m. Aug. 15, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: Following Tesla and Apple, more stock splits are coming and they can help you make money Also, Kamala Harris and the markets, how Republicans and Democrats should vote in November and how market timers did after the March crashAlso, Kamala Harris and the markets, how Republicans and Democrats should vote in November and how market timers did after the March crash.
9:22 a.m. Aug. 12, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
Should I have gotten my stimulus check by now? Why some people are still waiting — and what to do about it Next week, an IRS watchdog agency will help track down stimulus payments for taxpayers facing certain scenariosNext week, an IRS watchdog agency will help track down stimulus payments for taxpayers facing certain scenarios.
6:29 a.m. Aug. 12, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumer prices jump again in July, rebounding from pandemic lows, but inflation remains low Consumer price index rises 0.6% for the second month in a row The cost of many goods and services such as gas, autos, clothing and airfare rose in July and rebounded from pandemic lows, but inflation is still barely visible in the wake of a coronavirus-induced recession that sapped demand throughout the economy. The consumer price index rose 0.6% for the second month in a row.
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