Tag Archives: Fed

Interest rate hike coming this year, Fed chair Janet Yellen says in upbeat speech


Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she still expects to boost interest rates this year if the economy meets her forecasts, having a gradual pace of tightening to follow along with. The DIY investor\’s help guide to portfolio building It\’s hard enough for the experts to manage a stock portfolio let alone a novice, so most do-it-yourself investors should consider ...

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Bond traders uncover secret to interest rates that the Fed just doesn’t seem to get


Forget 2015. The real play for bond traders is 2016. For years, the $12.6 trillion U.S. Treasury market has signaled — correctly — the Federal Reserve was too optimistic in the outlook for that economy and interest rates. As Janet Yellen leaves options open, Stephen Poloz might be forced to make tough decision on rates Joe Chidley: How the Fed ...

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Waiting for the Fed: What you need to know before markets open


U.S. stock index futures are lower today as investors remain cautious in front of a two-day Fed meeting and because the Greek debt crisis shows no signs of abating. The central bank is not likely to raise rates only at that meeting but investors will watch out for any hints from Fed Chair Janet Yellen in a press conference following ...

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Investors can pay now for Fed rate hike, or pay more later


If the U.S. Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged at its Wednesday policy meeting not surprisingly, it will please lots of equity investors who have greatly benefited from the central bank’s zero rate of interest policy over the past six years. But in other words the old oil filter commercial: Investors will pay now, or pay later. The Fed’s ongoing ...

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Will a Fed hike trigger a bond meltdown this fall?


A new report from Citigroup warns it does not matter how the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates this year, it\’ll result in bond market panic. Bond yields always have a tendency to rise in response to rate hikes by central banks, but the bond market today is much different than during past rate hikes, Citi said. In particular, liquidity ...

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How much risk will investors add after Greece and the Fed?


Major markets are relatively flat so far in 2015, but there are several reasons to be optimistic about risk assets such as stocks. On the top, things don’t look everything different from this past year. Growth remains pretty weak and easy money is plentiful – this time in Europe, Japan and emerging markets. Global investors who\’ve likely loaded on both ...

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Does the Fed have enough data to hike in September?


There is no longer question that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, but there is some uncertainty about how exactly many hikes are coming. Market watchers are looking to the central bank’s September meeting because the time when the Fed will ultimately lift rates off the ground, particularly after Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony last week. The primary ...

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Fed on track for possible September rate hike amid improving economy, job market


WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy and employment market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the doorway open for any possible interest rate hike when central bank policymakers next meet in September. Following a two-day policy meeting, Fed officials said they felt the economy had overcome a first-quarter slowdown and was \”expanding moderately\” despite a downturn within ...

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All eyes on the Fed! What you need to know before markets open


U.S. stock index futures are rising today on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in the markets and ahead of a statement in the U.S. Fed that could give clues concerning the timing of a rate hike. Investors are focused on the outcome from the Fed\’s two-day policy meeting with markets divided on whether or not this will take ...

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