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To QE Infinity and beyond for the Federal Reserve?

Last week Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles suggested that the Federal Reserve may need to buy Treasury and other bonds forever. Quantitative easing isn't a temporary measure to assure bond market stability during the coronavirus recession, Quarles hinted. Instead it is a permanent measure forced on the Federal Reserve by the ballooning […]

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Special Report: Your Investing Guide for the Next Six Dangerous Stock Market Months (Complete with 14 picks)

Yikes. Does this market have enough volatility for you? And I think that volatility will only get worse over the next two to six months, I can't remember a market with so much potential to move up or down in big relatively short-term volatility as this one. Just as critical I can see each of […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the weeks ahead expect…

... junk bond sales and prices to be a key indicator of cash flows in the market--and of worries about a new surge in coronavirus cases this fall. Until this past week companies continued to raise huge sums--$18 billion in the week ended on September 18--in the market for high yield (junk bonds). The huge […]

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Stock market rethinks its initial enthusiasm for Fed outlook

At 2:30 p.m. New York time, about the time the Federal Reserve issued its press statement on today's meeting of the Fed's interest rate setting body the Open Market Committee and about the time when Fed chair Jerome Powell issued his comments on the meeting, stocks were up. The Standard & Poor's 500 was ahead […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says (on a Sunday), For the week ahead expect…

...nothing of consequence from the Federal Reserve when it ends its September meeting on Wednesday, September 16. At least that's the market consensus right now. Which means that if the Fed makes adds a statement on inflation, or interest rates, or about the economy, it could surprise the financial markets. Inflation at the consumer level […]

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Powell announces anticipated shift in policy framework at the Fed yesterday: 0% for longer

As anticipated in Wednesday's rally--the Standard & Poor's 500 climbed 1.02% and the NASDAQ Composite was up 1.73%--Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Thursday announced that going forward the Fed would let inflation rise to above its current target of 2% from time to time in an effort to achieve maximum employment in the U.S. […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says (on a Sunday), For the week ahead expect…

... Wall Street to be hanging on the words of a Thursday, August 27 speech. Not the one that night where Donald Trump accepts the Republican Party nomination for President. That's unlikely to offer any surprises to the stock market. Instead the key speech that day is the one from Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell […]

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Officially, U.S. government debt passes total U.S. GDP

In January, the Congressional Budget Office forecast that total U.S. government debt would hit 100% of GDP around 2030. At that point U.S. debt stood at about $17 trillion or roughly 80% of GDP. So much for that forecast. As of the end of June, U.S. government debt had hit $20.53 trillion or 106% of […]

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Wall Street’s hope for the next big thing from the Fed: Yield curve control

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Fed pledges to hold interest rates near 0% through 2022–stocks dip anyway

Could this be the first signs that the financial markets are questioning Goldilocks? Investors and traders heard almost everything they could have hoped to hear from the Federal Reserve's interest-rate setting Open Market Committee meeting today. Sure, the Fed didn't cut its current 0%-0.25% benchmark rate lower, but no one was expecting that. The Fed […]

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