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Not Over Yet: Old Year Still Has Packages to Deliver, Including Key Earnings, Witching December 16, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

Investors are still digesting the Phase One trade deal agreed to last week and looking ahead to housing data, Nike earnings and a quadruple witching later this week.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Trade Deal Anticipation, Lowered Brexit Uncertainty Helps Market Keep Momentum December 13, 2019 9:13 AM   |  

A day after stocks set fresh record highs on excitement about a possible U.S.-China trade deal, investors still seem to be sailing along on momentum from those trade winds.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Geopolitical Jumble: UK Election Results, U.S. Tariff Decision, ECB in Sharp Focus December 12, 2019 9:16 AM   |  

Geopolitics dominate the picture as investors await the UK election and U.S. tariffs outcomes. Meanwhile, a big jump in jobless claims and a soft inflation number might stir economic worries.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Reindeer Pause: Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, Hints It Might Be on Hold December 11, 2019 3:20 PM   |  

The Fed likely surprised few if anyone Wednesday, leaving rates right where they were after three rate cuts in a row. Fed officials see muted inflation, a strong labor market, and soft business spending.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
What a Difference a Year Makes: Last 2019 Fed Mtg Wraps Up with Stocks Near Highs December 11, 2019 9:23 AM   |  

The Fed decision today could be anti-climactic, with futures prices indicating virtually no chance of any policy changes. At the same time, the Dec. 15 tariff deadline gets closer.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Early Christmas Present? Market Welcomes Potential Delay of Extra Tariffs December 10, 2019 9:35 AM   |  

A report by The Wall Street Journal said the United States and China are working on a possible delay of the Dec. 15 tariffs.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Holidays Can Wait: Packed Calendar Includes Fed, Earnings, Tariff Deadline December 9, 2019 9:27 AM   |  

A busy week began Monday with disappointing Chinese export data weighing on stocks. The Fed meeting begins tomorrow, and Dec. 15 marks an important new tariff deadline.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Come on in, the Water’s Fine: DJIA Could Join Rival Indices at Record High Party November 4, 2019 9:33 AM   |  

The week begins with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) apparently ready to join its cousin indices at new record highs as positive trade news gives the markets an early boost.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Encouraging Data on US Jobs, Chinese Manufacturing Underpin Market November 1, 2019 9:33 AM   |  

The latest government report on the domestic employment situation came in way better than expected, offering the market another encouraging data point after a gauge of manufacturing in China pointed to expansion there.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Trick or Trade: China Fears Return, But Rock Star Results from AAPL, FB Blunt Blow October 31, 2019 9:24 AM   |  

It might have been a green morning for stocks, but a report raising questions about the chance of a long-term deal with China has indices under pressure. Strong earnings from Apple, Facebook and Starbucks late yesterday could help blunt the blow.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Three Times a Charm? No Tricks from Fed as it Cuts Rates, Signals Pause Ahead October 30, 2019 3:13 PM   |  

Stocks barely registered a reaction after the Fed cut rates this afternoon, a move analysts had widely expected. The Fed did signal a possible pause, but that also isn’t a big surprise.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Waiting in the Wings: Apple, Facebook On Stage After Fed, but GDP Opens Show October 30, 2019 9:23 AM   |  

The markets could feel a little slow this morning as investors await the Fed decision, Apple, and Facebook later today. In the meantime, GDP surprised with a reading that beat estimates.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Party Pause: Alphabet’s Miss Weighs on Stock Market a Day After Record High October 29, 2019 9:50 AM   |  

The market is a bit subdued this morning as investors perhaps take some profits amid a generally positive, but mixed, bag of earnings news.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Earnings Bonanza: Beyond Meat, GOOGL Start Packed Week; Apple, Facebook Line Up October 28, 2019 9:26 AM   |  

Today is the start of an epic week on Wall Street marked by around 150 S&P 500 companies reporting, a Fed meeting, and key payrolls and manufacturing data.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
AmaZoinks! Retail, Cloud Giant’s Weakness Countered By Solid Earnings At Visa, Intel October 25, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

The markets may experience some hangover from Amazon’s disappointing earnings yesterday but could see some recovery as other major companies such as Visa, Intel, and Verizon showed more encouraging results.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Earnings Deluge: Amazon Later, But Twitter, Tesla, Microsoft in Spotlight To Start October 24, 2019 9:33 AM   |  

It’s the busiest day of earnings season, with more than 40 S&P 500 companies set to report. Investors start the day poring over results from Twitter, Microsoft, and Tesla, with Amazon waiting in the wings.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Cold Fries, Hot Industrials: McDonald’s Miss Could Weigh on DJIA Even As SPX Gets Lift October 22, 2019 9:35 AM   |  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) could find itself under pressure today after disappointing results from McDonald’s and Travelers, but there are plenty of positive earnings reports out there this morning as well.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
A Quarter for Your Thoughts: Nearly 25% of S&P 500 Firms Report This Week October 21, 2019 9:24 AM   |  

Earnings continue to be the focus as nearly 25% of S&P 500 companies report this week. Today’s a little light, but tomorrow’s calendar is packed as investors prepare for McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin and others.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
The Windup and the Pitch: Rally Hats On, But Game Far From Over On Trade October 11, 2019 9:33 AM   |  

The market is in rally mode early Friday as optimism grows about possible progress in today’s trade talks. That said, there’s always a chance things could go south, so keep the seatbelts fastened.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
With Trade Talks Thrown Into Question, Investors Hunker Down October 10, 2019 9:44 AM   |  

It’s been hard to make sense of the news flow, and by this morning equities index futures had pared their losses as investors apparently strap in to see what actually happens.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Flipping the Switch: Investors Return to Optimism Ahead of Trade Talks October 9, 2019 9:49 AM   |  

Investors are once again more optimistic ahead of high-level trade talks that start tomorrow after Bloomberg reported that China is still open to a partial trade deal and a Financial Times article said the Asian nation has offered to boost its yearly purchases of U.S. farm products.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Trade Trepidation: Worries Grow Ahead of Talks, But It’s Early for Doom and Gloom October 8, 2019 9:27 AM   |  

Trade talks start Thursday but the mood is negative on Wall Street this morning as negative reports in the news seem to dominate. A lower than expected inflation read is also in the mix.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Talking Trade: Back to the Table This Week, But Will Big Issues Be Addressed? October 7, 2019 9:13 AM   |  

With earnings season still a week away and the jobs report behind us, trade talks are likely to take center stage this week as China and the U.S. resume negotiations.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Under the Surface: Job Growth Slows, but Trend Still Firm as Fed Policy Eyed October 4, 2019 9:30 AM   |  

> A volatile week comes to a close with a monthly jobs report that fell a bit short of consensus estimates. But the unemployment rate fell to a level not seen since 1969. How might this reflect on the U.S. consumer and on Fed policy?

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stumbling Out of the Gate: Q4 Weakness Continues in Broad-Based Selloff October 2, 2019 5:09 PM   |  

All sectors finished lower Wednesday as concerns over weakness in manufacturing and fresh trade concerns weigh stock markets for the second straight day.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Keeping Perspective: Lots of Reasons Not to Get Spooked Over October’s Rough Start October 2, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

We’re seeing the slide continue today and global stocks took it on the chin. Lennar earnings offer some positive energy for the housing sector, and odds of a Fed rate cut are rising.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
That’s All? Rate Cut Yesterday Doesn’t Appear to Satisfy Market Hungry for Catalysts September 19, 2019 9:37 AM   |  

A Fed rate cut yesterday doesn’t appear to be helping the market much today. Existing home sales are due later this morning and other central banks left rates unchanged.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Second Slice: Fed Cuts Rates Again, But Next Move Uncertain Amid Divided FOMC September 18, 2019 3:23 PM   |  

In a move widely expected by the market, the Federal Open Market Committee lowered the target fed funds rate 25 basis points to a range between 1.75% and 2%. This marks the second cut in as many months. Despite expectations, stocks fell on the news.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Fed and FedEx: Rate Decision Looms As Tariff Repercussions Seen in FDX Q1 September 18, 2019 9:28 AM   |  

The Fed is widely expected to cut rates this afternoon, so there’s not much intrigue there. However, FedEx earnings last night might have raised some eyebrows as trade pressure seems to be affecting its business.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Holding Pattern: Next Twists and Turns Awaited as Fed Meets, Geopolitics Sizzle September 17, 2019 9:27 AM   |  

The Fed meets today with chances of a rate cut still high but down from where they were. Geopolitics are still front and center as people assess crude’s huge rally and wait for more news from the Gulf.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Can’t Happen Here? U.S. Rates Might Go Negative, So Consider Getting Ready September 11, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Though negative rates haven’t appeared to help the European and Japanese economies much, they can’t be ruled out here eventually. Here’s why, and how to consider getting prepared.

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Connecting the Dots: An Investor Guide to Tracking Fed Policy Projections with the Dot Plot July 17, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Every quarter, the Fed provides a “dot plot” that shows its monetary policy projections for the next several years. Investors can glean the Fed’s thinking by “connecting the dots.”

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Volatility, the Fed, and the Holidays: Here’s How Investor Portfolios Could Be Impacted in December November 19, 2018 9:00 AM   |  

Investors can expect more volatility in December, when the stock market could react to a number of events.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
October Markets: Volatility Amid Geopolitics, Interest Rates and Earnings October 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The October's stock saw volatile trading that had investors on a rock ride as earnings season got underway. The Nasdaq plunged into correction territory in a sudden late-month slide.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
What Is Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? An Economic Health Snapshot September 11, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Gross domestic product (GDP) data is key to understanding the health of the U.S. economy, but may not be so critical for stock market traders and investors.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Fixed Income Investing in a Rising Rate Environment September 10, 2018 4:00 PM   |  

How might rising interest rates impact your retirement portfolio planning? Learn how rising rates can affect fixed income investments.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
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
Remember CDs? Higher CD Interest Rates Could Unlock Demand September 4, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Years of rising interest rates appear to be raising demand for the venerable certificate of deposit (CDs). As rates tick higher, it may be time to learn about these fixed income products.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
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
August Markets: Earnings Deliver, Turkey Enters Geopolitical Fray August 30, 2018 5:00 AM   |  

Geopolitical issues flared up again in August with Turkey’s potential currency crisis. Concerns over the headlines were seemingly tempered by strong earnings reports.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
What's an Inverted Yield Curve, and How Could It Affect the Economy? August 29, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
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
September’s Market Outlook: A Blend of Potentially Higher Rates and Politics August 22, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

In August, the Fed left rates unchanged and earnings season overall didn’t disappoint. What might be in store for September?

4 min read  |  Market Insights
July Markets: Geopolitics – Earnings Tug of War Continues July 30, 2018 5:00 AM   |  

July seemed to be a repeat of what investors have experienced for much of 2018: geopolitical news and earnings competing for attention. By the end of the month, strong corporate numbers appeared to have the edge, at least for now.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
August’s Market Outlook: Earnings vs. Trade Standoff July 17, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

July seemed to be a repeat of past months where market focus shifted between geopolitical headlines and corporate and economic data. Could this continue in August? Learn about upcoming market events and what to watch for in the coming month.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Bond Duration: Not Just Passing Time. What You Need to Know June 1, 2018 3:23 PM   |  

Investors adding bonds to a stock-heavy lineup may opt for securities with a shelf-life designed for today’s investing climate. That’s where duration comes in.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
CDs, Savings & Interest Rates: Are the Good Old Days Returning? February 22, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

As the economy continues its march forward after the financial crisis of the last decade, are we finally seeing higher interest rates for CDs and other savings rates?

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Consumer Price Index (CPI): Inflation, Interest Rates, Growth February 12, 2018 7:00 PM   |  

Learn how economic growth, inflation and interest rates link to the consumer price index and how the CPI, sometimes called the inflation index, affects the stock market as well as depicts the price of goods and services.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Federal Reserve and Inflation: It’s Your Turn, Jerome Powell February 6, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Jerome Powell takes over at the Federal Reserve at a time when a tight labor market could influence the direction and speed of interest rate hikes.

3 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Interest Rates Edging Higher; Is It Time to Consider Annuities? October 11, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Annuities might be a good way to protect principal or guarantee retirement income. Learn how rising interest rates might affect annuity rates.

3 min read  |  Annuities
Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment September 11, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

In low-interest rate environment, investors sometimes look to dividend-paying stocks as a mean of generating income.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Mid-Year for the Stock Markets and Sectors: Time for a Checkup July 5, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Looking ahead to the second half, it’s possible that politics in Washington and Q2 earnings could help set the tone. Can strength seen in the first half conti

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life June 26, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

As the Federal Reserve continues its rate-tightening cycle, is it time to lock in low rates for home and auto loans?

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
How Rising Interest Rates Could Impact Markets March 7, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Markets are impacted differently by rising interest rates. Make sure you know how rising rates could impact investments.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Higher Interest Rates: 6 Things to Know for Retirement Planning December 29, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

How might rising interest rates impact long-term investing decisions? Discuss the impact of a rate hike on long-term savings: fixed income, long-term care.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Rising Interest Rates: How a Hike Cycle Might Affect Your Finances December 18, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Interest rates may begin to rise for the first time in a while, which may be the first time some younger borrowers and savers have seen a hike in rates.

4 min read  |  Household Finances
Data Deluge: Using Economic Reports to Inform Your Trading Plan September 14, 2016 10:21 AM   |  

Investors feeling flooded by all the data generated every day may want to try a new tool that puts all the numbers in one place for comparison and easier unde

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic Reports Primer: Industrial Production & Capacity August 22, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Looking for an indicator to measure the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector? Learn how to analyze industrial production and capacity utilization.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Three Monthly Economic Reports That You Should Be Checking August 16, 2016 1:50 PM   |  

Oftentimes economic reports can move markets, which means you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic Reports Primer: Personal Income and Spending August 16, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn why the Fed and traders follow the personal income and spending reports, especially the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic Reports Primer: Consumer Confidence, Sentiment August 8, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Each month more than 500 American households are polled via telephone for the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey. Find out how traders use it.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Negative Interest Rates Not So Negative for Precious Metals August 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Gold and silver prices are up sharply this year. Can precious metals continue to hold their own if economies start improving?

6 min read  |  Commodities
Economic Reports Primer: New and Existing Home Sales August 1, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Each month, economists and traders turn to the existing and new home sales reports. Learn how to read and apply these economic reports to your trading.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Negative Interest Rates? Unlikely. Still, Investors Can Prepare May 2, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Negative interest rate policy is a fact in the eurozone and Japan. How has it affected those economies, and what might investors expect if such policy ever ar

6 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Popping the Cork With the Fed: Cool Ideas for Rising Rates April 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Take that Paycheck and Stash It: How to Save a Raise April 11, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

What if you get a pay hike? Use it to go down a better path for the future and stash it away. Here’s how.

4 min read  |  Savings Goals
Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks? August 9, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic X-Ray: Off-the-Grid Indicators Fill Research Gaps July 15, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Use a blend of off-the-grid economic data—from search-engine trends to a real-time GDP figure—to help inform investing hunches.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Feeling Sensitive? Interest Rate Hikes May Tickle These Sectors July 12, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Compare interest-rate-sensitive stock sectors that could benefit or suffer at the hands of a Federal Reserve that’s soon to hike rates.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Party With The Fed: Explore Ways to Trade Interest Rates July 1, 2015 5:43 PM   |  

Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Bond and Stock Basics: What the Heck Is the Yield Curve? May 3, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Questions Loom for Muni Bonds Amid Rising Rate Outlook January 5, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Annuities and Rising Rates October 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Interest rates are going up. If you hold an annuity, or are considering one, it’s important to understand how these investments will be affected.

6 min read  |  Annuities
Thinking Outside the Cash Box: Take Advantage of Rising Rates April 13, 2014 9:48 AM   |  

Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
How To Trade The Fed: Indicators to Keep an Eye on September 30, 2010 10:03 PM   |  

You can’t fight the Federal Reserve, but at the rate things change today, that doesn't mean you should bury your head in the sand. Fed indicators matter, too.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
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