Tag: Debt/Bond Markets

Prominent chef tells Fed that worker shortages are due to ‘life changes’ in wake of pandemic

The reason that there is a worker shortage in the U.S. restaurant industry is that employees decided to make “life changes” as they went through...

Dow’s 400-point rally puts it on track for best day in 2 months as investors await Fed decision

U.S. stock benchmarks on Wednesday rose sharply, with investors fixated on the outcome of the Federal Reserve meeting, which concludes later in the session as...

Opinion: In 2017 I wrote that U.S. stocks were not overpriced. That’s still true.

On August 21, 2017, with the S&P 500 SPX, -0.08% at 2,428, I wrote a MarketWatch column that pushed back against gloom-and-doom pundits who were...

Will Evergrande be China’s ‘Lehman moment’? Wall Street says no

Problems at Evergrande, China’s teetering property giant, are stirring unwelcome memories of the market chaos that followed the implosion of Lehman Brothers roughly 13 years...

Is the U.S. stock market open on Labor Day?

It is unofficially summer’s last hurrah for Wall Street investors. U.S. financial markets will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 6, marking a...

Opinion: This chart says we’re partying like it’s 1999

We Americans invest more of our 401(k) plans in stocks than in any other asset class. In total we hold 39% of the money in...

U.S. jobless claims fall to new pandemic low of 340,000 despite delta surge

The numbers: The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits at the end of August fell to a new pandemic low, suggesting the delta...

Treasury yields steady as investors await this week’s jobs data

Treasury yields were little changed early Tuesday, with investors weighing signs of a slowdown in China’s service sector as they await U.S. data on the...

Why a debt-ceiling stalemate could push reverse repo demand to $1.4 trillion in next 3 months

Record demand for the Federal Reserve’s overnight reverse repo program could touch a new milestone of $1.4 trillion by year’s end, says Barclays rates strategist...

U.S. stocks drift lower after records as investors assess jobless claims, GDP revision

U.S. stocks drifted slightly lower Thursday, as investors weighed data on second quarter economic growth and weekly jobless benefit claims, a day ahead of a...

Powell unlikely to fire starting pistol for tapering at Jackson Hole

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will be able to equivocate about when the central bank will start slowing down the pace of its bond-buying, essentially...

Is the Fed overdoing it on stimulus? A majority of business economists think so

For the first time since the pandemic began a majority of business economists believe the Federal Reserve is providing too much stimulus, a marked shift...

Opinion: Why alternative investments belong in 401(k) plans

Most people are not investment experts, so they need help managing their retirement savings. Retirement plan fiduciaries recognize this, and it is one of the...

PG&E bonds recoup some lost ground as Dixie Fire rages with no end in sight

The Dixie Fire in Northern California, the state’s second largest on record, has raged for more than a month, burning a path across the Sierra...

The Fed’s not boring anyone into submission after all. The dollar might be to blame.

For all the talk about how the Federal Reserve was going to bore markets into submission with endless talk about tapering, it’s noteworthy that the...

U.S. retail sales slump 1.1% due to shortage of cars and Amazon Prime hangover

The numbers: Americans cut spending at retail stores in July for the second time in three months, largely reflecting an Amazon Prime Day hangover and...

With Sturgis rally underway, Harley-Davidson rolls out $600 million debt deal

Harley-Davidson has rolled out a new $605 million debt deal backed by loans to buyers of its iconic motorcycles, as the 10-day annual bike rally...

Treasury yields end higher as data show record U.S. job openings for June

Treasury yields ended higher on Monday, after data showed record U.S. job openings for June and pointed to strength in the labor market, despite lingering...

Here’s how Goldman Sachs is advising private-wealth clients in ‘confusing’ market

Even professional investors are grappling with how to read markets in the pandemic. The “striking” decline in the 10-year Treasury yield TMUBMUSD10Y, 1.289% since May...

Treasury yields end higher as jobless claims fall

U.S. bond yields ended marginally higher Thursday as weekly data on jobless benefit claims fell and investors geared up for Friday’s July jobs report, following...

New coronavirus wave is giving credence to the risks of a U.S. stagflation-like scenario

The spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus in some U.S. states is leading to the possibility that the economy may be heading into...

Treasury yields mostly lower to kick off August

Treasury yields were mostly lower to kick off August trading on Monday, after the rates on 2- and 10-year notes saw their biggest monthly declines...

Home prices could cool when the Fed tapers its bond-buying program. But a crisis? Unlikely

U.S. home prices have been rising at a record annual pace in recent months, fueled in part by historically cheap credit, the absence of properties...

Here’s one big reason Fed tapering may not send bond yields soaring this time

With much of the financial market fixated on when the Federal Reserve will be pulling back on its $120 billion in monthly bond purchases, BofA...

Opinion: Big losses ahead for markets? Jeremy Grantham’s terrifying new forecasts

If you have a 401(k) and you’re of a nervous disposition, you probably don’t want to look at the chart above. Even by the standards...