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Trade talk trouble took a toll last week

The Markets Major U.S. stock indices moved lower when trade talks between the United States and China broke down. The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 … Read more

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‘Avengers End Game’ spoiler?

The Markets It wasn’t an ‘Avengers End Game’ spoiler, but there was big news last week. Economic growth in the United States was strong during … Read more

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And the answer is…

The Markets A Jeopardy! contestant captured the nation’s attention last week by setting multiple records for the most money earned in a single episode. The … Read more

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Investors took an intermission

The curtain appeared to close on the first act of 2019 last week – and what an impressive act it was. The Standard & Poor’s … Read more

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The first quarter of 2019 brought a welcome reversal

Last year, Barron’s published a group of market strategists’ expectations for 2019 performance. The article came out in mid-December, before the steep year-end stock market … Read more

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Consumer Confidence and Interest Rates Affect Markets

“Fascinatingly counterintuitive…” That’s how Michael Arone, an investment strategist, described the U.S. market environment to Avi Salzman of Barron’s:1 “‘Stocks are rallying, but bond yields … Read more

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Wonder What The Federal Reserve’s 40-yard Dash Time Is?

Wonder what the Federal Reserve’s 40-yard dash time is? On Wednesday, the Fed juked like an NFL running back and left investors wondering whether they … Read more

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Stock and Bond Markets Rallied

The Markets Stock and bond markets rallied. Last week, major U.S. stock indices finished higher for the 10th time in 12 weeks. Bond markets moved … Read more

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Markets Were Rattled Last Week

The Markets The market hates surprises, especially when the surprise comes from a central bank. Last week, the European Central Bank (ECB) unexpectedly reversed course … Read more

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Fed Keeping Balance Sheet

The Markets Investors were pleased with the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) new approach to its balance sheet. The Fed delivered its semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to … Read more

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Central Banks Take a Turn

At its first policy meeting of 2019, the U.S. Federal Reserve changed direction. After four rate increases in 2018, Chair Jerome Powell announced interest rates … Read more

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And, U.S. Stock Markets Celebrated

The Markets Last week, the Federal Reserve put itself on hold. The Federal Open Market Committee met on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, to discuss the … Read more