Should the Fed start selling its mortgage holdings at a loss to fortify its inflation fight?

Should the Fed start selling its mortgage holdings at a loss to fortify its inflation fight?

Yet a big question still facing investors, lenders and anyone trying to navigate the still-hot housing market is whether the Federal Reserve will start selling its trove of mortgage holdings to fortify its inflation fight. The central bank is so far trying to counter inflation by more traditional means: raising benchmark interest rates. No doubt, … Read more

Russia’s ruble is at its strongest level in 7 years despite sanctions

Russia’s ruble is at its strongest level in 7 years despite sanctions

Russian one ruble coin and Russian flag displayed on a screen are seen in this multiple exposure illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 8, 2022. Jakub Porzycki | Nurphoto | Getty Images Russia’s ruble hit 52.3 to the dollar on Wednesday, an increase of roughly 1.3% on the previous day and its strongest … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday, June 21

5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday, June 21

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Wall Street set to bounce after S&P 500’s worst seek since 2020 The sign for Wall Street is seen with US flags outside the New York Stock Exchange. Yuki Iwamura | Afp | Getty Images Dow futures … Read more

Stocks Surge, Week Ahead, Gas Tax, Twitter, Bitcoin-5 Things To Know

Stocks Surge, Week Ahead, Gas Tax, Twitter, Bitcoin-5 Things To Know

Here are five things you need to know for Tuesday, June 21: 1. – Stock Futures Surge As Bond Yields Ease, Dollar Retreats US equity futures rebounded firmly Tuesday, following on from the worst week on Wall Street in more than two years, as investors eased back into risk markets despite persistent concerns over growth … Read more

What the Fed’s biggest rate hike in decades means for the bear market in bonds

What the Fed’s biggest rate hike in decades means for the bear market in bonds

Historically bad. That’s how the mammoth $ 53 trillion US fixed-income market has performed this year as the Federal Reserve works to curtail high inflation threatening to wreck the economy. To turbo charge the effort, the Fed on Wednesday fired off its biggest benchmark interest rate increase in nearly thirty years. But what does that … Read more

Here are three things the Fed’s done wrong, and what’s still not right

Here are three things the Fed’s done wrong, and what’s still not right

The exterior of the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building is seen in Washington, DC, June 14, 2022. Sarah Silbiger | Reuters After years of being a beacon for financial markets, the Federal Reserve suddenly finds itself second-guessed as it tries to navigate the economy through a wicked bout of inflation and away from … Read more

A day after Powell’s assurances, markets are worried something breaks

A day after Powell’s assurances, markets are worried something breaks

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s insistence that the central bank is not deliberately trying to cause a recession and that the economy is on solid footing is exactly what someone in his position would be expected to say. The trouble is, the Fed’s likely to get a recession anyway as data shows the economy is … Read more

US inflation expected to keep running hot: Traders see 4 straight months of roughly 9% or higher CPI readings

US inflation expected to keep running hot: Traders see 4 straight months of roughly 9% or higher CPI readings

Just a day after Federal Reserve policy makers delivered their biggest rate hike in 28 years, the US inflation outlook continues to look dire in one obscure part of the financial market. Traders of so-called fixings, or derivatives-like instruments related to Treasury inflation-protected securities, expect four straight months of annual headline consumer-price index readings at … Read more

Why stocks and bonds went into relief-rally mode after Fed’s jumbo rate hike

Why stocks and bonds went into relief-rally mode after Fed’s jumbo rate hike

Financial markets suffered an absolute bloodbath in the days leading up to Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision, with stocks plunging and bond yields soaring in the wake of surprisingly hot inflation data – a sign that investors feared a more Volcker-esque reaction from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and the rest of the Federal Open Market … Read more

Wall Street slips into a bear market; here’s what that means

Wall Street slips into a bear market;  here’s what that means

NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street is back in the claws of a bear market as worries about inflation and higher interest rates overwhelm investors. The Federal Reserve has signaled it will aggressively raise interest rates to try to control inflation, which is the highest in decades. Throw in the war in Ukraine and a … Read more