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Wall Street in Best Rally Since 2020 as BOE Shocks Everything

(Bloomberg) — Another shock central bank move, another lockstep market reaction across Wall Street and beyond. This time it was the Bank of England’s dramatic intervention in government bonds that took global traders by storm, underscoring how every asset remains at the mercy of monetary officials in crisis-fighting mode. After British policy makers pledged a […]

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S&P 500 History Points to a Sharp Bounce After Fed Meeting

(Bloomberg) — For equity investors sunk in gloom, the interest rate rise expected from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday may actually yield some relief. US stock markets have been feeling the heat ahead of the Fed’s meeting, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 Indexes falling 6.2% and 7% respectively over the past six […]

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Stock Traders Face Off Against Hawkish Fed at Worst Time of Year

(Bloomberg) —After a week to forget on Wall Street, the road gets even tougher for battle-weary investors with another hawkish policy gathering by the world’s most important central bank happening in the midst of what’s historically the worst month for US stock returns. Hedged-to-the-teeth stock managers are raising all manner of red flags for would-be […]

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History Shows No Example of Hiking US Rates Too Fast, Summers Says

(Bloomberg) — Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers argued against the Federal Reserve holding back from aggressive monetary tightening, saying that greater economic damage would result from any hesitation. “History records many, many instances when policy adjustments to inflation were excessively delayed and there were very substantial costs to that,” Summers told Bloomberg Television’s “Wall Street […]

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Gundlach Urges Fed to Slow Rate Hikes as Summers Prefers 1% Jump

(Bloomberg) — Jeffrey Gundlach of DoubleLine Capital is worried the Fed will choke off economic growth by raising interest rates too fast. Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers is among those saying the central bank needs to hike even faster to restore its credibility. Gundlach, the chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital, believes the Fed will […]

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Surge in Real Rates Hits Every Asset on Wall Street and Beyond

(Bloomberg) — A big pandemic-era distortion in the world of finance is well and truly over — and the new normal is helping fuel the worst cross-asset selloff in decades. After being trapped in negative territory during the lockdown days, inflation-adjusted Treasury yields are again breaking out, with five- and 10-year measures back near multiyear […]

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Markets Still Doubt Fed Rate Hike Plans, Franklin’s Desai Says

(Bloomberg) — Stocks are falling and bond yields are rising, but markets still don’t seem convinced the Federal Reserve will pursue plans to keep increasing interest rates until inflation is under control, said Sonal Desai, chief investment officer for fixed income at Franklin Templeton Cos. “The Fed lacks credibility,” Desai said on Bloomberg Television’s “Wall […]

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Is WY’s bear market a great buying opportunity or a bad risk?

In a rising interest rate environment, with housing demand and loan applications starting to show signs to decline, companies that are closely tied to the health of the housing market tend to be especially sensitive. That includes industries like Wood Products. Housing-related industries proved to be surprising areas of strength in the economy in 2020 […]

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Fed Minutes Could Bolster Bets for 75 Basis-Point Hike in July

(Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve will unveil details of what policy makers debated last month that may shed light on how they view the near-term path for interest rates amid surging inflation and signs of a slowing economy. Chair Jerome Powell has said the Fed could hike by either 50 basis points or 75 basis […]

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World’s Most Aggressive Central Bank Raises Key Rate to 200%

(Bloomberg) — Sign up for the New Economy Daily newsletter, follow us @economics and subscribe to our podcast. Zimbabwe’s central bank raised interest rates to a record and the government officially reintroduced the US dollar as legal currency to rein in surging inflation and stabilize the nation’s tumbling exchange rate. The monetary policy committee more […]

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Are homebuilders like OC as radioactive as they seem right now?

One of the classic benchmarks of the economy’s health and strength is the housing market. Stocks of retail companies like Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) often serve as proxies of to guide the market’s perception of the housing market.  It’s also pretty common to see experts and analysts referring to homebuilders like D.R. Horton […]

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US House Prices Are Likely to Drop as Rates Rise, Capital Economics Says

(Bloomberg) — US house prices are likely to fall as mortgage rates exceeding 6% crimp affordability for the average buyer, according to Capital Economics. Property prices could contract an annual 5% by the middle of next year, Matthew Pointon, senior property economist, said in a research note Monday. He’d previously projected no change in values […]

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Fed’s Waller Backs Half-Point Rate Hikes at ‘Several’ Meetings

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said he wants to keep raising interest rates in half-percentage point steps until inflation is easing back toward the US central bank’s goal. “I support tightening policy by another 50 basis points for several meetings,” he said in remarks prepared for delivery on Monday in Frankfurt. “In particular, […]

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Fed Saw Aggressive Hikes Providing Flexibility Later This Year

(Bloomberg) — Most Federal Reserve officials agreed at their gathering this month that the central bank needed to tighten in half-point steps over the next couple of meetings, continuing an aggressive set of moves that would leave policy makers with flexibility to shift gears later if needed. “Most participants judged that 50 basis-point increases in […]

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Rate Hikes Hit Canada Housing With 1st Price Drop in Two Years

(Bloomberg) — Canadian home prices fell for the first time in two years as a rapid rise in interest rates looks set to threaten one of the world’s hottest housing markets. Benchmark home prices declined 0.6% in April from the month before, the first drop since April 2020, according to data released Monday from the […]

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