The FED Turns Hawkish

The FED Turns Hawkish

The Federal Reserve put a hitch in the markets’ giddy-up last week. It wasn’t the Fed’s second interest rate hike in a decade that caused markets to stumble. December’s rate hike was old news before it happened. In mid-December, Reuters reported Fed funds futures...
Inflation and Higher Interest Rates

Inflation and Higher Interest Rates

We are flirting with higher interest rates. Last week, yields on 10-year Treasury bonds rose to a 17-month high of 2.44 percent, reported The Wall Street Journal, before retreating to finish the week at about 2.4 percent. As we’ve mentioned previously, some experts...
Is This The End of The Bond Bull?

Is This The End of The Bond Bull?

This time it’s the end. Really. Possibly. It seems like experts (ourselves included) have been forecasting the end of the bull market in bonds for years – and that is because they HAVE been doing so. In July 2010, bond guru Bill Gross predicted the 28-year bull market...
The Fed Resists Urge to Raise Rates

The Fed Resists Urge to Raise Rates

As expected… The dovish U.S. Federal Reserve left rates unchanged last week and markets celebrated. Across the globe, national stock market indices finished the week higher. In the United States, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and NASDAQ gained more than 1...
Brexit Means ‘Brexit’

Brexit Means ‘Brexit’

BUT… WHAT DOES ‘BREXIT’ MEAN? “We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway…” –Carly Simon Economists and market analysts have been thinking a lot about the Federal Reserve and the actions it may take before the end...
Rates are DEFINITELY Going Up… at Some Point… in the Future

Rates are DEFINITELY Going Up… at Some Point… in the Future

Last week, Wall Street was speculating about monetary policy with the enthusiasm of commentators trying to predict who will bring home Olympic gold. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is expected to introduce another rate hike before the end of 2016, according...

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