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February Outlook: Stocks Are Seeing the Most Energy in Energy January 27, 2022 8:02 AM   |  

February faces ongoing risks with potentially rising Omicron cases, inflation, oil prices, and yields. Earnings season has been better than what market performance reflects, but rising labor costs and supply chain disruptions continue to plague companies. Oil prices have several reasons for supply to be restricted. Airlines are projecting a better spring and summer but could get blindsided by oil prices.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Inflation and Interest Rate Fears May Drive Investors to Focus on Value Investing in 2022 December 28, 2021 6:26 PM   |  

January 2022 will inherit a lot of obstacles from 2021. Inflation, interest rates, and mid-term elections are all risks investors should be aware of in 2022. January is the time that many money managers make the investments to help them potentially outperform their benchmarks. The January Effect occurs when small-caps outperform the markets. Omicron is another major risk for investors. Value investing could be the way that investors choose to deal with these risks.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Retailers’ Q3 Earnings Announcements Has Investors Gearing Up for Santa November 29, 2021 11:47 AM   |  

The December outlook appears to be on track for Santa Claus. Retailers have performed well during earnings season, but early shopping results aren’t much better than last year. Inflation could continue to be a problem around the globe. If inflation continues, investors may look at the materials, energy, and financials sectors for potential market leadership. Legislation could alter the course of the markets.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
What Are Treasury Rates and Why Do They Matter? July 2, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Treasury rates can be thought of as the backbone of the global economy. You can use the yield curve, which is a measure of interest rate expectations, to get an idea of economic conditions and trends.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Connecting the Dots: Investor Guide to Tracking Fed Policy Projections with the Dot Plot May 24, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

The Fed provides a quarterly “dot plot” with its monetary policy projections for the next several years that can help investors glean the Fed’s thinking about the future.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
What's the Repo Market and What Might Cause a Spike in the Overnight Lending Rate? September 25, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
History in Motion: What Is the Dow Jones Industrial Average? September 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)? It’s a price-weighted index of 30 large stocks, and it’s considered one of the major U.S. equity benchmarks.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
View from the Tetons: Fed’s Powell Recommends Gradualist Approach August 30, 2018 11:00 AM   |  

The annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, hosted by the Kansas City Fed, pulled together central bankers and economic policymakers from across the world. Here’s what transpired at the 2018 gathering.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Want to Be a Fed Watcher? Some Things to Know August 24, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the U.S.—its makeup, policies, dual mandate of full employment and monetary stability, and the importance of Fed meetings.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
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