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Bank of England Hints at Rate Hike in ‘Coming Months’

The Bank of England hinted on September 14th that it may raise interest rates for the first time in a decade, possibly as soon as November.  The purpose for the rate hike is to control the country’s inflation which has … Continue reading

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Hurricanes Stir Up Investment Decisions

Typically, stocks and bonds move in opposite directions. In times of economic distress, the equity market often drops and the Fed lowers rates, which causes bond yields to increase. In most of 2017 however, stocks and bonds are moving in … 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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US Existing Homes Market Falls for Second Straight Month

For the second straight month, sales of already owned homes in the US have taken a fall. Sales of existing homes fell 0.9% from last month, creating concern in the housing market. This downward trend in the market has been … Continue reading

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Negative Rates Stymie Bank of Japan

Gloomy economic conditions and the potential of the Bank of Japan bringing negative interest rates even lower has brought about negative sentiment in Japan. Governor Kuroda of the Bank of Japan has vowed to generate inflation as the Japanese economy … Continue reading

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Fed Minutes Hint Rate Hike and Push Markets

Key Federal Reserve officials, William C. Dudley, Dennis Lockhart, and Loretta Mester gave hints this past Wednesday at a conference that the Federal Reserve is finally ready to raise interest rates, which have been held to near zero rates since … Continue reading

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