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

... the rally to extend on "good news" from the Federal Reserve. The Fed's Open Market Committee meets on Wednesday, June 10. The CME Fed Watch Tool says that there's just about no-chance that the Fed will move on its benchmark interest rate, now at 0% to 0.25%. The odds that the Fed will stand […]

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A near-term threat to the V-shaped recovery

Stock prices--3068.76 on for the Standard & Poor's 500 as of 1 p.m. New York time today--continue to climb toward the all-time closing record for the S&P 500 at 3386.15 set on February 19. That makes some sense if you believe that the Federal Reserve will continue to suppress interest rates--the yield on the 10-year […]

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Fed keeps policy stable, says 0% rates as far as the eye can see

As expected the Federal Reserve left interest rates at their current level of 0%-0.25%. And there were very few changes in the central bank's language. But a few subtle shifts are worth noting, I believe. The Fed said in early April that “We have also committed to keeping rates at this low level until we are […]

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Are we headed into an era of longterm deflation? Will the Fed say it’s worried about deflation after tomorrow’s meeting?

As long as I can remember (which is only back about 40 years when it comes to the economy) the worry has been inflation. From the stagflation of the late 1970s, to Paul Volcker's brutal but successful assault on inflation in the early 1980s, to the seemingly endless obsession about whether too much economic growth […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

... earnings drama. The week features reports from Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT), ExxonMobil (XOM) General Electric (GE), Caterpillar (CAT), Ford (F), Tesla (TSLA), Starbucks (SBUX), McDonald's (MCD), Pfizer, and Gilead Sciences (GILD). Alphabet is scheduled to report on Tuesday, April 28. The company and Wall Street analysts have been […]

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Stocks sell off in futures market on Fed’s surprise cut to 0% interest rates

Back on March 3 when the Federal Reserve announced an emergency 50 basis point cut in its benchmark interest rate, stock futures slumped and the Dow Jones industrial average was set to open more than 1,000 points lower on Monday. The fear that swept stocks lower was that the Fed thought the economy was in […]

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Think the Fed got everyone’s attention with a Sunday night interest rate cut to 0%?

On Sunday night the Federal Reserve announced that it would cut interest rates to 0% (actually a policy range of 0% to 0.25%) from the current 1.00% to 1.25% range. The central bank will also resume its program of quantitative easing by buying at least $700 billion in government and mortgage-backed securities. ($5oo billion in […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

...everybody in the financial markets to be trying to guess what the Federal Reserve will do at its Wednesday meeting. Despite the Fed's emergency 50 basis point cut in interest rates, there's still a considerable body of investors and traders who think the Fed will reduce interest rates again on Wednesday. The CME FedWatch tool, […]

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