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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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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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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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Plenty of Catalysts to Help Push Treasury Rates Above 2018 Highs

(Bloomberg) — The relentless bear market in U.S. Treasury debt is on the cusp of a new phase, with yields across much of the maturity spectrum on course to crack above their 2018 highs and several major potential catalysts to help such a move. Center stage will be April consumer price inflation on Wednesday, forecast […]

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Powell Seen Slowing Rate Hikes After May and June Front-Loading

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is likely to slow the pace of interest-rate increases after front-loading policy with half-point hikes next week and in June, economists surveyed by Bloomberg say. They expect the Federal Open Market Committee to raise its benchmark rate by 50 basis points at the May 3-4 meeting and do […]

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Bond Danger Builds With Fed Set to Break From Its Cautious Past

(Bloomberg) — The bond market, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Thursday, “is not looking like a very safe place to be.” Few investors would argue with that — except, perhaps, to call it an understatement. New waves of selling engulfed the Treasury market over the past week, roiling investors and analysts who’ve […]

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Bank of Canada Delivers Jumbo Rate Hike to Quell Inflation

(Bloomberg) — The Bank of Canada raised its interest rate by half a percentage point in its biggest hike in more than two decades, and said it would stop buying government bonds to shrink its balance sheet as it moves aggressively to wrestle inflation down from a three-decade high. Policy makers led by Governor Tiff […]

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Billions Are Flowing to Cash-Like ETFs in ‘Hunt’ Before Fed Hike

(Bloomberg) — What’s safer than short-duration bonds? Even shorter duration debt. As investors brace for an increasingly aggressive Federal Reserve, money is flooding into cash-like ETFs — which are seen as relatively less vulnerable to interest-rate risk. Traders have been piling into exchange-traded funds mostly focused on ultra-short instruments like Treasury bills, while offloading ETFs […]

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The Jobs Report Reveals a Booming Labor Market. Here’s Where Interest Rates Are Headed.

President Joe Biden speaking about the January jobs report. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Good news for Main Street, not so good news for Wall Street. Once again, a booming labor market is likely to translate to losses in bonds and stocks as the Fed and other major central banks remove the extraordinary stimulus enacted in response […]

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VZ is trying to reverse a long-term downward trend. Is it worth buying at its current price?

“Uncertainty” is a good way to describe market conditions since the start of the new year. Massive spikes in COVID infections late in 2021 from the omicron variant have also given way to big increases in hospitalizations, which means that pressure on our medical system continues to strain healthcare workers and first responders to their […]

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