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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.
4:08 a.m. April 26, 2021 - Barrons.com
Low Rates, Rising Yields & Your MoneyAhead of this week's Fed meeting, Dana Peterson, chief economist with The Conference Board, unpacks the central bank's role amid the ongoing economic recovery. Plus, Lee Ferridge of State Street Global Markets discusses his firm's bull case for gold and big tech.
12:14 a.m. April 23, 2021 - By Steve Goldstein
Central banks to reduce dollar liquidity provisionsThe Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank and the Swiss National Bank, in consultation with the Federal Reserve, have jointly decided to discontinue offering U.S. dollar liquidity at the 84-day maturity, starting in July. These central banks will continue to hold weekly operations with a 7-day maturity. Demand for the U.S. dollar , the world's reserve currency, becomes intense during periods of financial turbulence. "The swap lines among these central banks are available standing facilities and serve as an important liquidity backstop to ease strains in global funding markets, thereby helping to mitigate the effects of such strains on the supply of credit to households and businesses, both domestically and abroad," said the European Central Bank in a statement.
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.
1:23 p.m. March 25, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Real-estate agents are rethinking decades of advice on pools and how COVID-19 rewrote American shopping lists Thursday’s Personal Finance Stories Thursday’s Personal Finance StoriesThursday’s Personal Finance Stories.
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.
3:20 p.m. March 18, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
A ray of hope for people worried they missed a valuable tax break and Biden administration to cancel student debt held by scammed borrowers Thursday's top personal finance stories Thursday's top personal finance storiesThursday's top personal finance stories
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.
1:14 p.m. March 17, 2021 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
The Fed plans to keep interest rates low — here’s why mortgage rates could rise anyway and Sanders to CEOs: Pay workers more or pay the government more Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories
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.
2:16 p.m. March 5, 2021 - By Meera Jagannathan
I found an old lien on my home from a past refinance. How do I get rid of it? and millions of Americans, still hurting from COVID-19, say normalcy is years away Friday’s top personal finance stories Friday’s top personal finance storiesFriday’s top personal finance stories
10:18 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Goldman Sachs raises 10-year Treasury yield target to 1.90%Goldman Sachs on Thursday raised its Treasury yield target, forecasting the 10-year note rate to hit 1.90% by the end of the year amid a quickening bond-market selloff. The benchmark maturity is up 6.6 basis points to 1.536%. "The already material repricing in global yields will, in our view, extend after some consolidation, driven by a strong acceleration in the global recovery over the coming quarters," said Goldman Sachs strategists led by Praveen Korapaty. The rise in yields over the past few weeks has led banks across Wall Street to repeatedly lift their year-end Treasury yield targets. The combination of fiscal relief and vaccine rollouts have fanned inflation fears, and raised doubts among investors over whether Federal Reserve can stick to its accommodative policy stance for as long as it has signaled.
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.
1:00 p.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Billionaire philanthropy is a ‘PR scam’ says CEO who raised workers’ minimum pay to $70,000 and the hidden financial drawback to remote work Tuesday’s Personal Finance Stories Tuesday’s Personal Finance StoriesTuesday’s Personal Finance Stories.
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.
1:29 p.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Yes, your employer can require you to get a COVID-19 vaccine and mortgage rates soar to highest level in months Thursday's top personal finance stories Thursday's top personal finance storiesThursday's top personal finance stories
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.
12:32 p.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
A majority in the U.S. personally know somebody who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and watch out for these key dates Friday’s top personal finance stories Friday’s top personal finance storiesFriday’s top personal finance stories
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.
11:47 a.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - By Alicia H. Munnell
What will low interest rates do to retirement savings? If rates continue to hover around zero, people will need to save large amountsIf rates continue to hover around zero, people will need to save large amounts
12:53 p.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
GameStop’s wild ride will leave some investors with a huge tax bill and what minimum wage hikes did for McDonald’s restaurants and workers Thursday’s Personal Finance Stories Thursday’s Personal Finance Stories Thursday’s Personal Finance Stories
12:20 p.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Your guide to the lingo on the Reddit forum fueling GameStop’s rise and over half of working mothers say their job performance has slipped during the pandemic Wednesday’s Personal Finance Stories Wednesday’s Personal Finance Stories Wednesday’s Personal Finance Stories
10:00 a.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Jeffry Bartash
Fed says U.S. economy recovery has 'moderated'The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economic recovery and job creation have "moderated in recent months" owing to a big increase in coronavirus cases. The central bank said the weakness was 'concentrated in sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic," alluding to restaurants, hotels, retailers, airlines and other businesses that have been the hardest hit. Yet the Fed kept a key interest rate near zero and made no change to its bond-buying program in anticipation that the economy will improve later in the year as vaccines become more widespread.
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).
5:35 a.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks fall at the open as Dow tumbles over 300 pointsU.S. stocks fell at the start of Wednesday's trade as investors eyed a stream of high-profile corporate earnings and also a Federal Reserve policy update later in the afternoon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 330 points, or 1.1%, to 30,607. The S&P 500 was down 51 points, or 1.3%, to 3,798. The Nasdaq Composite shed 202 points, or 1.5%, to 13,434. The Fed is expected to commit to its accommodative policy stance to support the U.S. recovery. In company news, Microsoft shares were up slightly after its results topped analyst expectations.
8:50 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Biden signs flurry of orders to tackle pandemic that has now cost more than 407,000 American lives Fauci addresses board of World Health Organization with promise that U.S. will join international response to crisisThe global case tally for the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 edged above 97 million on Thursday with the U.S. accounting for 24 million of those cases, as President Joe Biden wasted no time in implementing his plan to address a crisis that has caused the loss of more than 407,000 American lives.
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.
10:21 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. sees record one-day death toll and experts worry new variant may make activities like plane travel more risky Vaccine program must speed up to avoid reaching 640,000 deaths by spring, equal to lives lost in the 1918 flu pandemicThe U.S. set another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, when more than 4,400 COVID-19 patients died, the most in a single day since the start of the outbreak, and experts said that with cases continuing to accelerate, the worst is still to come.
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