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  • Donald Trump: This is why I'm for low interest rates

    05/05/2016 2:50:37 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 0/05/2016 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Donald Trump told CNBC on Thursday he's for low interest rates unless inflation perks up, and he would probably replace Janet Yellen when her term is up as Federal Reserve chair. "I have nothing against Janet Yellen whatsoever. I think she's been doing her job," the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said in a wide-ranging phone interview with "Squawk Box."
  • Charting the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years, worst commodity returns in 80 years

    06/17/2016 9:59:42 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 14 June 2016 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    Looking to dazzle friends and family at the next summer barbecue? Well, drop this little fact on them: global interest rates are at their lowest in 5,000 years. Not only that, you can tell the acquaintance who brags about his gold bars in the bank vault that returns on commodities are the worst since 1933. Sounds crazy you may say, but that’s just the kind of history Bank of America Merrill Lynch rolled out in the third edition of “Longest Pictures” note. The first chart shows the lowest global interest rates going all the way back to 3,000 B.C. Michael...
  • Official: Global Markets Seem Ready for an Interest Rate Hike

    05/30/2016 9:12:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    VOA ^ | 05/30/2016
    A U.S. Federal Reserve Bank president said Monday the global markets seem to be poised for an interest rate hike this summer. James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, said his outlook was not "too surprising" since signs are pointing to a second quarter rebound in the U.S. gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S. Bullard's remarks, made at an international conference in Seoul, South Korea, follow revised data Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department that the economy expanded faster than previously thought in the first three months of...
  • Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

    05/27/2016 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2016 4:08 PM EDT
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving. While economic growth was relatively weak at the end of last year and beginning of this year, it appears to be picking up now based on recent data, Yellen said during a discussion at Harvard University. She said she expects the Fed to “gradually and cautiously increase” its key interest rate “and probably in the coming months, such a move would be appropriate.” …
  • Private Pensions Underfunded (82%)

    05/11/2016 7:17:03 PM PDT · by buwaya · 16 replies
    Milliman ^ | 5/11/2016 | Buwaya
    A vanity, I apologize if this is old news or if I am being pedantic. We all know about the public pensions crisis, but the PRIVATE pension problem is under the radar. It probably shouldn't be, and it is also affected by government-corporate chicanery. It seems that, because of the sluggish state of the economy and low interest rates, nearly all private pension funds, just like public ones, are in the red. There are various pension fund surveys; most show that private pension funds are on average only about 80% funded; in 2007 they were on average over 100% funded....
  • The Screamfest Aimed At Trump

    05/10/2016 7:18:01 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 12 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | May 10, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    "Donald Trump's Economic Plans Would Destroy the US Economy!" screams the headline in The Atlantic. Of course to go with the headline they find a very unflattering picture.... I do give The Atlantic one bit of credit: They didn't bury the lede. "I've borrowed knowing that you can pay back with discounts," he told CNBC. "I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.” "This policy would be so disastrous that even its suggestion is dangerous." Oh really? The article goes on to say that suggesting that one might haircut the debt would collapse markets...
  • James Grant: ‘Something Is Going to Go Wrong’

    04/17/2016 3:03:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 9, 2016 | Valentin Schmid
    Chief editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer debunks negative interest rates, banning cash, and helicopter money. ... Epoch Times spoke to Mr. Grant about the spotty track record of central bankers, deflation, gold and the gold standard, as well as negative interest rates and a ban on cash. A negative interest rate is not only a tax on saving, it is the destruction of saving. ... Negative interest rates are an attempt to tax thrift. The idea of earning dollar bills and putting those dollar bills in a bank and having them accumulate over time, the accumulation of which is...
  • Fed leaves rates unchanged, lowers economic forecasts

    03/16/2016 11:41:27 AM PDT · by John W · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Match 16, 2016 | Steven Mufson
    The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged today and lowered its economic forecasts after a turbulent start to the year in financial markets and lackluster U.S. growth persuaded the central bank to reassess the timing and magnitude of its plan to raise rates. The Fed maintained its target for interest rates at a range of 0.25 to 0.50 percent to give the U.S. recovery more time to get on a stable track without making recovery more difficult for the rest of the world, where growth is flagging. Only one member of the Federal Reserve's open market committee dissented...
  • Germany ends audits against Deutsche Bank over price fixing

    02/27/2016 5:49:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25.02.2016 | [mg/jr (Reuters, dpa)]
    Germany's financial regulator has said it won't take further action against the country's largest bank over alleged interest rate rigging and precious metals price fixing. The moves takes the spotlight off a former boss. The watchdog, known as Bafin, announced on Thursday it had ended several major special audits against Deutsche Bank. [...] Deutsche Bank paid $2.5 billion (2.26 billion euros) in fines in April last year after investigations on manipulating interest rates. The bank was also probed for its role in rigging prices of gold, silver, platinum and palladium. It also recorded a multibillion-euro loss for 2015. Bafin officials...
  • Federal Reserve Chair Yellen Grilled About Negative Interest Rates By Congress

    02/17/2016 9:41:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02/17/2016 | Owen Davis
    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen faced what may have seemed like an absurd line of questioning on Capitol Hill this week: Has the Fed considered negative interest rates? It's not a fantasy. At central banks around the world, negative benchmark interest rates have become the new normal, leading to some unusual paradoxes. In Denmark, instead of paying interest on their mortgages, many borrowers have been receiving payments from banks on their home loans. On the flip side, some Swiss bank customers have had to pay banks to keep cash in savings accounts. Yellen told Congress Thursday, following negative moves by central banks in Europe and elsewhere, the Fed has...
  • Fed stress-tests negative interest rate idea

    02/02/2016 8:53:37 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 20 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | Feb. 2, 2016 | Richard Beales
    The Federal Reserve started raising official interest rates in December. But in the stress tests that large U.S. banks have to undergo, the central bank is hypothesizing that short-term Treasury yields could drop below zero. The European Central Bank and, since Friday, the Bank of Japan are trying it with policy benchmarks. Though negative U.S. interest rates are for now only in the Fed's worst-case scenario, they are becoming a plausible downturn assumption.
  • Bank of Japan introduces negative interest rates

    01/28/2016 9:43:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 28, 2016: 11:29 PM ET | Jethro Mullen
    The Bank of Japan is stepping up its efforts to kick-start the country's struggling economy by taking interest rates into negative territory. The central bank announced Friday that it will introduce an interest rate of minus 0.1% and will go even lower if needed. In theory, negative rates encourage consumers to save less and spend more. They can also weaken a country's currency, helping exporters. ...
  • Canada Set To Unleash Negative Interest Rates As Oil Patch Dies, Depression Deepens

    01/19/2016 3:59:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/19/2016 | Tyler Durden
    This Wednesday, the Bank of Canada has a decision to make.Canada's oil "dream" is dying thanks to the inexorable slide in crude prices and as the IEA made clear earlier today, the pain is set to persist for the foreseeable future as the world "drowns in oversupply.""Lower for longer" has hit the country's oil patch hard. We've spent quite a bit of time documenting the plight of Alberta, where job cuts tied to crude's slide have led directly to rising suicide rates, soaring property crime, and increased food bank usage (not to mention booming business for repo men).Adding insult...
  • Fed Hikes Rates, Unleashing First Tightening Cycle In Over 11 Years

    12/16/2015 3:50:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1216/15 | tyler durden
    On the 7th anniversary of entering ZIRP, and for the first time since June 29th 2006, The Federal Reserve announced today that it will try and raise interest rates: *FED RAISES INTEREST RATES 0.25 POINT IN UNANIMOUS VOTE Of course, the flowery language and dots are as dovish as possible while maintaining some semblance of credibility with regard growth expectations as The Fed unleashes a tightening cycle for the first time in over 11 years.
  • Fed raises interest rates for first time nearly a decade, citing ongoing U.S. recover

    12/16/2015 1:07:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/2015 | BY HOWARD SCHNEIDER AND JASON LANGE
    The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, signaling faith that the U.S. economy had largely overcome the wounds of the 2007-2009 financial crisis. The U.S. central bank's policy-setting committee raised the range of its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between 0.25 percent and 0.50 percent, ending a lengthy debate about whether the economy was strong enough to withstand higher borrowing costs. "With the economy performing well and expected to continue to do so, the committee judges that a modest increase in the federal funds rate...
  • Fed Officials Worry Interest Rates Will Go Up, Only to Come Back Down

    12/13/2015 1:51:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated Dec. 13, 2015 2:16 pm | Jon Hilsenrath
    Federal Reserve officials are likely to raise their benchmark short-term interest rate from near zero Wednesday, expecting to slowly ratchet it higher to above 3% in three years. But that's if all goes as planned. Their big worry is they'll end up right back at zero. Any number of factors could force the Fed to reverse course and cut rates all over again: a shock to the U.S. economy from abroad, persistently low inflation, some new financial bubble bursting and slamming the economy, or lost momentum in a business cycle which, at 78 months, is already longer than 29 of...
  • Janet Yellen sets jobs report floor at ... 100K?

    12/04/2015 8:18:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/04/2015 | Taylor Millard
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made an interesting comment yesterday on today’s jobs report, suggesting the economy just needs to add around 100K jobs a month to be okay. Via Reuters: “To simply provide jobs for those who are newly entering the labor force probably requires under 100,000 jobs per month,” with anything above that helping “absorb” those who are unemployed, discouraged or had dropped out of the labor market, Yellen, who was speaking before Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, said in a question and answer session. That 100K number is much, much lower than the current 200K monthly average...
  • Why Owning a House is Financial Suicide

    11/12/2015 11:23:52 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 100 replies
    News.Com (Australia) ^ | November 13, 2015 08:32 GMT | James Altucher
    OWNING your own house is as much the Australian dream as the American dream, and it's one that feels increasingly out of reach for many. But when one user on Quora pondered whether it was ultimately better to rent or own your own home, blogger and investor James Altucher penned this highly controversial response: I am sick of me writing about this. Do you ever get sick of yourself? I am sick of me. But every day I see more propaganda about the American Dream of owning the home. I see codewords a $15 trillion dollar industry uses to hypnotise...
  • Fed’s Yellen sees possible December rate rise, gradual hiking path

    11/05/2015 6:52:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 4, 2015 8:50pm EST | Howard Schneider and Jason Lange
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday pointed to a possible December interest rate "liftoff" but said rates would rise only slowly from then on to nurture the U.S. economic recovery. [...] Her remarks pushed bond yields higher and stocks lower. They also caused investors to reset their expectations of a December rate hike above 60 percent, a sign that markets are finally taking the Fed's language seriously after a period in which U.S. central bankers were frustrated by the gap between their own outlook and market bets about their likely course of action. ...
  • Janet Yellen Says Negative Rates On The Table "If Outlook Worsened"

    11/04/2015 9:50:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/04/2015 | Tyler Durden
    As the market now diligently calculates the suddenly surging odds of a December rate hike, here's Yellen with a preview of what will happen once the rate hike cycle is aborted... YELLEN SAYS IF OUTLOOK WORSENED FED MIGHT WEIGH NEGATIVE RATESYELLEN SAYS NEGATIVE RATES COULD HELP ENCOURAGE BANKS TO LEND ... just as it was aborted in Japan in August of 2000 when the BOJ also decided to send a signal how much stronger the economy is by hiking 25 bps, only to cut 7 months later and to proceed to monetize not only all net Japanese debt issuance...
  • People In Sweden Are Hiding Cash In Their Microwaves - Cashless Society - Negative Interest Rates

    10/28/2015 6:54:03 AM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    BI ^ | 10-28-2015 | Jim Edwards
    Jim EdwardsOctober 28, 2015 Sweden is shaping up to be the first country to plunge its citizens into a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment: negative interest rates in a cashless society. The Swedish central bank held its benchmark interest rate at -0.35% today, the level it has been at since July. Although retail banks have yet to pass on that negative to rate to Swedish consumers, the longer it's held there the more financial pressure there is for banks to pass the costs onto their customers. That's a problem because Sweden is the closest country on the planet...
  • Banks are seriously discussing negative interest rates for normal people's savings

    10/24/2015 5:12:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/2015 | Jim Edwards
    The concept of earning interest on money in the bank is so deeply ingrained into economic life that few people even know that the opposite can happen too: Banks can take a percentage of cash from your account in the form of negative interest rates, under certain conditions. Normally, this doesn't happen. Banks want your cash, and pay you interest on it, because the more deposits they have, the more they can lend it to others who pay them even more on their investments. But interest rates in Europe are so close to zero — and economic activity is so...
  • Fed official: Strong economy nears full employment and higher interest rates

    10/06/2015 5:10:53 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 45 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/06/2015 | George Avalos
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. economy is nearing full employment, setting the stage to ease some of the stimulus from low interest rates that's been the foundation of the nation's monetary policy, a key member of the Federal Reserve told a gathering in San Francisco on Tuesday. "Looking forward, I expect we will reach our maximum employment mandate in the near future and inflation will gradually move back to our 2 percent goal," John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, said to the Urban Land Institute conference. That could potentially point to a change in the...
  • Week Ahead: Fed Minutes and Data

    10/04/2015 3:47:39 PM PDT · by citizen · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | October 02, 2015 | ·FOXBusiness
    While the decision to delay was nearly unanimous – there was one dissenter – nearly the same amount of FOMC members said they also believe rates will move higher before the end of the year. That sentiment may have changed given the release of Friday’s much-worse-than-expected jobs report, but the minutes should provide some additional insight into why the Fed held off on a rate hike and when they might actually pull the trigger. The minutes will be released Thursday at 2 p.m. Also scheduled for release next week are: the ISM Non-manufacturing index on Monday; a report on international...
  • Banks are threatening more layoffs if the Fed doesn't hike

    09/19/2015 10:37:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/19/2015 | Wolf Richter
    “Let me assure you, if the revenue environment weakens or interest-rate structures don’t move up, and the economy slows down, we’ll have to take out more costs,” Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said on Thursday at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference. And that would mean more job cuts.BofA is famous for whittling down its headcount in recent years. In Moynihan’s 25-slide presentation, there was this chart that shows just how skillfully he has trimmed down his workforce, chopping it by 25% overall since the second quarter of 2011:Wolf Street So if, as he said, “interest-rate structures don’t move...
  • US Federal Reserve holds rates steady in nod to global economic weakness

    09/17/2015 1:10:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 09/17/2015 | Via Reuters
    WASHINGTON: The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Thursday in a nod to concerns about a weak world economy, but left open the possibility of a modest policy tightening later this year. In what amounted to a tactical retreat, the US central bank said an array of global risks and other factors had convinced it to delay what would have been the first rate hike in nearly a decade. "Recent global economic and financial developments may restrain economic activity somewhat and are likely to put further downward pressure on inflation in the near term," the Fed said in...
  • U.S. Equity Futures Slip as Fed's Rate Decision Looms

    09/17/2015 5:37:33 AM PDT · by citizen · 62 replies
    Fox News Business ^ | September 17, 2015 | Victoria Craig
    Fed decision day: The event traders across the globe have anticipated for months has finally arrived. As of 8:00 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 43 points lower, or 0.26% to 16621. S&P 500 futures shed 6 points, or 0.31% to 1982, while Nasdaq 100 futures slid 10 points, or 0.24% to 4370. Today’s Markets Months of speculation about whether September was the month in which the Federal Reserve would begin to lift short-term interest rates is finally coming to a close. The Federal Open Market Committee meets for the final day of its two-day policy-setting meeting, which...
  • Traders Exercise Caution Ahead of Fed Meeting

    09/14/2015 7:16:35 AM PDT · by citizen · 11 replies
    FOX Business ^ | September 14, 2015 | Victoria Craig
    U.S. equity markets were lower Monday morning as traders anxiously awaited this week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting. As of 9:50 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 81 points, or 0.50% to 16350. The S&P 500 shed 8 points, or 0.45% to 1952, while the Nasdaq Composite declined 16 points, or 0.33% to 4806. Today’s Markets Wall Street waited with bated breath for the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s two-day, policy-setting meeting this week, which begins Wednesday and ends with a statement on monetary policy the day after. In recent weeks, forecasts for a September rate hike have...
  • Interest-rate hike could tank stocks by 40%

    09/10/2015 2:31:51 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 157 replies
    WND ^ | 9 Sep 15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Despite the stock market’s return to triple-digit gains on Tuesday in apparent response to signs that China will take steps to stimulate its economy, bankers worldwide are warning a decision by the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates next week could precipitate a stock-market collapse. Deutsche Bank, the European Union’s biggest bank, has grabbed attention by issuing a warning to the Federal Reserve that a rise in U.S. interest rates now would constitute nothing less than a “premeditated controlled demolition” that could cause global stock markets to collapse a dramatic 40 percent. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to decide...
  • Rattled investors brace for big week as Federal Reserve considers rate increase

    08/31/2015 3:55:28 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 30 August 2015 | Rupert Neate
    After a tumultuous week on the world’s stock markets, investors will be focused on Wall Street Monday ahead of another set of economic reports likely to steer the Federal Reserve’s decision on whether to raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade. The markets open Monday as investors digest news that the Fed is still actively considering a September rate hike. In a speech on Saturday, Stanley Fischer, the vice-chair of the Fed’s Board of Governors, suggested inflationary pressures could soon lead to an increase. His comments are likely to add to the volatility of already skittish...
  • CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash

    08/26/2015 4:45:15 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 26 Aug 15 | Michael Snyder
    On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum. Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market....
  • It's The Final Meltdown...(economic collapse)

    08/26/2015 12:33:19 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 20 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | August 28, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    Oh yes, remember the banks cleaned up their balance sheets and closed all those pesky derivative trades.... Right? "NEW YORK – This spring, traders and analysts working deep in the global swaps markets began picking up peculiar readings: Hundreds of billions of dollars of trades by U.S. banks had seemingly vanished." “We saw strange things in the data,” said Chris Barnes, a former swaps trader now with ClarusFT, a London-based data firm." Except.... they didn't vanish. They went overseas, but are still there. Just remember, it was CDS and IR products that blew up the world last time, and you...
  • U.S. Stock Markets Close Up Sharply as Global Indexes Show Signs of Stability

    08/26/2015 1:09:51 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/26/2015 | NYT
    The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average closed up nearly 4 percent, with the Dow gaining more than 600 points.
  • STOCKS GO NUTS, DOW GAINS 620

    08/26/2015 1:29:03 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland August 26, 2015The rally stuck. After markets surged early on Wednesday, the market started to give up its gains and a replay of Tuesday's action — when the Dow gained more than 400 points but closed down 200 — seemed in the cards. But in the final hour of trading stocks rocketed higher, finishing near their highest levels of the day. On a points basis, this was third-largest daily gain for the Dow ever, while the S&P 500 had its best day since November 2011. But the main story of markets in recent weeks — which is that...
  • Forget About The Market For A Second, And Remember The US Economy Is Kicking Butt

    08/26/2015 7:37:34 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2015 | Bob Bryan
    Bob BryanAugust 26, 2015The stock market has been on a wild ride the past few days, but if you look beyond that, the US economy is doing just fine. There are numerous explanations for the sell-off in the markets, but none of them are because of the American economy. Unemployment is still down around its pre-recession levels, the housing market is still improving with more being built and increasing values, consumer confidence is very healthy, and gross domestic product is still growing. None of that has changed. In trying to explain the chaos, most analysts have noted that, for the...
  • China's Rate Cut Failed To End The Market Chaos

    08/26/2015 4:16:06 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2015 | David Scutt
    David Scutt, Business Insider Australia August 26, 2015Despite further monetary policy easing from the People's Bank of China and restrictions on some forms of futures trading, Chinese stocks fell yet again on Wednesday. Whatever word you choose to describe it — chaotic, wild, skittish, or others — the movements during the session were ridiculously rapid. Stocks opened higher, then tanked, then roared higher again before sliding into the close. It's truly head-spinning stuff, but increasingly familiar for those who have been watching closely. (snip)
  • US Federal Reserve still expected to raise interest rates

    08/26/2015 5:12:03 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Wed, Aug 26, 2015 | Simon Carswell
    China’s stuttering economy might come more strongly into view from the Rocky Mountains at this week’s Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers following the chaos in the stock markets. Many economists still expect the Federal Reserve to stay the course and start raising interest rates this year. Despite the wild see-sawing of US stocks after China’s “Black Monday” meltdown, the bet is on the central bank to move soon and start weaning the US off rates that have stayed near zero since 2008. The annual policy conference in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, starting onon Thursday, has traditionally...
  • Markets Are Surging

    08/26/2015 5:53:35 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    BI ^ | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland August 26, 2015 For the second day in a row, US stock futures are surging. Near 7:15 a.m. ET, Dow futures were up 300 points, S&P 500 futures were up 39 points, and Nasdaq futures were up 84 points. Wednesday morning's rally in US futures follows an ugly day on Tuesday, which saw stocks rally sharply early in the day before a huge sell-off in the final hour of trading. All told, the Dow fell more than 600 points from its peak on Tuesday to the market close. On Tuesday, all three major US indexes closed in the...
  • Get a grip! The markets are a little nutso. Don’t you go there, too

    08/26/2015 5:33:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/26/2015 | Allan Sloan
    If you want to understand what’s going on in the stock market and what you should do with your own investments, don’t assume the past three trading days have been rational. And don’t talk about a market “correction.” Doing that will rot your brain. And don’t panic. Although this is an ugly market, this isn’t anything like the 2008-09 meltdown that wiped out millions of homeowners’ equity and put the world’s financial markets at risk. This is a stock market decline that, as we’ll see in a bit, has a serious impact on only a relatively small number of Americans....
  • Raising interest rates with zero inflation is a hard sell

    08/05/2015 6:10:02 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 50 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Wed, Aug 5, 2015 | Mike Dolan
    LONDON (Reuters) - Americans and Britons bracing for their first interest rate rises in almost a decade are puzzled: why are rates about to go up when there's no inflation? Both the Federal Reserve and Bank of England are proclaiming that they are on the cusp of raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade. It may take a few months, but the message they are sending still heavily-indebted households either side of the Atlantic is clear: 'be warned'. It's not hard to see why near-zero interest rates should be 'normalized' when you do a quick economic...
  • China curbs IPOs, enlists brokers in all-out bid to end market rout

    07/04/2015 5:40:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    rueters ^ | Sat Jul 4, 2015 8:19pm EDT | Michael Martina and Samuel Shen
    China froze share offers and set up a market-stabilization fund on Saturday, the Wall Street Journal said, as Beijing intensified efforts to pull stock markets out of a nose-dive that is threatening the world's second-largest economy. Beijing's reported suspension of initial public offers (IPOs) came a few hours after extraordinary announcements by major brokers and fund managers, which collectively pledged to invest at least $19 billion of their own money into stocks. China's government, regulators and financial institutions are now waging a concerted campaign to prop up the nation's two main share markets, amid fears that a meltdown would rock...
  • Fed rate hike in June ‘on the table,’ two policymakers say

    05/01/2015 5:34:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 1, 2015 6:06pm EDT | Ann Saphir and Jonathan Spicer
    The Federal Reserve could well raise interest rates as soon as June, two top U.S. central bankers said on Friday, so long as economic data strengthens as expected from a dismal first quarter. That view—from the hawkish-leaning chief of the Cleveland Fed and from the centrist head of the San Francisco Fed—is at odds with the view of many traders, whose bets in the interest-rate futures markets suggest they have all but discounted a June rate hike and now expect the Fed to wait until December before raising rates for the first time since 2006. The Fed has kept interest...
  • The Surging Dollar Is A Signal That A Colossal Financial Event Is Just Around The Corner

    03/13/2015 9:26:10 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2015 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird March 13, 2015 The dollar is set for its strongest quarterly strengthening since 1992, according to Bank of America, a good sign that a rate hike is around the corner. When markets expect that US interest rates will be hiked, it typically strengthens the dollar. That's because people rush to change other currencies into dollars — they can make more money in dollar-denominated investments. The higher demand for the US currency drives its value up. In the past, significant dollar gains against other currencies have pretty much happened only during periods of extreme financial or geopolitical distress. The...
  • Bank of Israel cuts rate to historic low

    02/23/2015 9:29:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 02.23.15, 18:10 | Amnon Atad
    The Bank of Israel lowered its benchmark interest rate on Monday to an all-time low of 0.1 percent on Monday. The move came as a surprise, after 11 of 12 economists polled by Reuters had expected the central bank to stand pat. The central bank cut the rate to signal its determination to push back against the negative inflation holding down the market towards its intended annual target of one to three percent. Lowering the interest rate theoretically leads to an increase in demand within the market and helps increase prices towards the inflation target which the Bank of Israel...
  • Sweden cuts rates below zero as global currency wars spread

    02/12/2015 3:34:09 PM PST · by NRx · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Feb 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Sweden has cut interest rates below zero and launched quantitative easing to fight deflation, becoming the latest Scandinavian state to join Europe’s escalating currency wars. The Riksbank caught markets by surprise, reducing the benchmark lending rate to minus 0.10pc and unveiled its first asset purchases, vowing to take further action at any time to stop the country falling into a deflationary trap. The bank presented the move as precautionary step due to rising risks of a “poorer outcome abroad” and the crisis in Greece. Janet Henry from HSBC said the measures are clearly a “beggar-thy neighbour” manoeuvre to weaken the...
  • Feel That? It's The Chill Of Deflation

    02/09/2015 10:55:30 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-9-2015 | Chris Mayer
    February 08, 2015 Chris Mayer writes: That chill in the air? This is what deflation feels like... Right now, the 10-year U.S. Treasury pays just 1.8%... oil is $50 a barrel... commodity prices drift near to chilling lows... and the dollar is near multiyear highs. These are all deflationary trends. What deflation means for you as an investor is what I want to explore today. As an investor in stocks, there is a safe path through a deflationary Ice age. I'll get to that in a moment. But first... what exactly is deflation? The economic word deflation, says the Oxford...
  • GUNDLACH: The Consensus Is Wrong — Interest Rates Could Sink To Levels We Haven't Seen In Decades

    01/03/2015 6:26:23 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    BI ^ | 1-3-2015 | Sam Ro
    Sam Ro January 3, 2015January 2015 is looking a lot like January 2014. The US economy has been improving, the unemployment rate has been coming down, and the Federal Reserve has been increasingly prepping the world for tighter monetary policy. For most bond market experts, all that means US interest rates are going to head up, especially considering the fact that rates have been falling for three decades. But Jeff Gundlach is not like most bond market experts. A year ago this month, Gundlach, the head of DoubleLine Funds, went contrarian and correctly predict rates would fall. In a new...
  • China unexpectedly cuts rates to support economy

    11/21/2014 11:07:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2014 12:24 PM EST | Joe McDonald
    China’s central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world’s No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. On top of the rate cut, Chinese authorities promised to inject credit into the financial system if needed. Meanwhile, the president of the European Central Bank said Friday he was ready to step up stimulus for the 18-country eurozone economy, whose performance continues to disappoint. And Japan’s government this week delayed a tax increase after the country slipped back into recession. News of China’s...
  • Interest Rates Cannot Rise and Here’s Why…

    11/04/2014 11:42:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    First Rebuttal ^ | 11/4/2014 | Thad Beversdorf
    I wrote an article recently over at Voices of Liberty that lays out the very dire picture for those of us who have yet to retire. The gist of the article is that the Fed has effectively robbed the retired class of any hope for having enough of a nest egg to live off through the end of their lives if they want to retire at 65. Some may argue well this past 10 years has just been an anomaly of low interest rates but they will come back i.e. normalize to higher levels here in the next couple...
  • The Wrath of Draghi: First German Bank Hits Savers with ‘Negative Interest Rates’

    11/01/2014 2:24:54 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 17 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 10/30/2014 | Wolf Richter
    Deutsche Skatbank, a division of VR-Bank Altenburger Land, which was founded in 1859, is not the biggest bank in Germany, but it’s the first bank to confirm what German savers have been dreading for a while: the wrath of Draghi. Retail and business customers with over €500,000 on deposit as of November 1 will earn a “negative interest rate” of 0.25%. In less euphemistic terms, they have to pay 0.25% per annum to the bank for the privilege of handing the bank their hard-earned money or their business cash. Inflation has had a similar effect in the zero-interest-rate environment that...