Tag Archives: Federal Reserve

Inflation Worries as December Rate Hike Approaches

The Federal Reserve plans to stay on track to increase short-term interest rates however, inflation remains persistently weak. The last rate increase occurred in June from 1% to 1.25%. Inflation is expected to remain below the 2% annual target which … Continue reading

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Muted Growth in the DOW and S&P

Both the DOW and the S&P have managed to report gains for the second consecutive week, but just barely. There has been a lack of corporate news as analysts and investors prepare for the start of the third quarter earnings … Continue reading

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Bank Stocks are Poised for Strong Growth

The KBW NASDAQ Bank Index has risen 3.2% in the past week.  This index is focused on large US commercial lenders and is currently outpacing the S&P 500, which has not shown much change in the past week.  Recent growth … Continue reading

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Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged in November, December Hike on the Table

As expected by the entire market, the Federal Reserve chose to leave interest rates unchanged on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming presidential election next Tuesday. The benchmark federal funds rate still sits at a target range of 0.25%-0.5% after the … Continue reading

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rebound

Last month’s home sales data signalized stabilization in the U.S. housing sector; sales of previously owned homes rose 3.2% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. This … Continue reading

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The Fed’s Next Big Decision

Behind the uncertainty of the Federal Reserve’s decision on whether or not to raise rates there is another looming question: what will the Federal Reserve do with the money it will receive from the treasuries that are about to mature … Continue reading

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Housing Robustness

On Oct. 22, there was upbeat news from the housing market. U.S. home resales rebounded strongly in September. The National Association of Realtors said existing home sales increased 4.7 percent to an annual rate of $5.55 million units last month, … Continue reading

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