Central Banks vs. Rates

Central Banks vs. Rates

Not perhaps as good a riddle as Golem asked Bilbo on their first meeting, but try this brain tickler: In July 2016, there were four. In June 2016, there were 10. Since 2008, there have been 673! What are they? If you guessed central bank rate cuts, you are on the...
The FED – BREXIT Combo

The FED – BREXIT Combo

The world’s stock markets took it on the chin last week. A one-two punch was delivered with the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting leading and concerns Britain will leave the European Union following. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve confirmed what many had...
Market ≠ Economy

Market ≠ Economy

MARKET REACTION ≠ ECONOMIC EFFECT After a level of hype that would have exhausted even the most dedicated Star Wars fans, the Federal Reserve finally began to tighten monetary policy last week, raising the funds rate from a range between 0.0 and 0.25 percent to a...
Markets Nervously Account For “Lift-Off”

Markets Nervously Account For “Lift-Off”

But, It’s not like Lift-Off is a surprise! Last week, investors didn’t appear to be thrilled with the possibility the Federal Reserve might raise rates this week. They also weren’t too impressed by another drop in oil prices. There was red ink everywhere as markets...
AFTER Raising Rates

AFTER Raising Rates

What will happen after the Federal Reserve begins to raise interest rates? If the Fed’s efforts at raising rates are successful, what will happen next? It all depends on whom you ask: Dr. David P. Kelly, CFA, Managing Director Chief Global Strategist, JPMorgan:...
Oh, The Uncertainty!

Oh, The Uncertainty!

Or, Oh… The Uncertainty!? Investors are keeping one eye on the Federal Reserve and the other on politicians trying to determine what may happen during the last quarter of the year. The Fed, which is the central bank of the United States, is responsible for...
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