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August Outlook: Is Long Rally Running into a Buzzsaw? New Month Might Reveal July 30, 2020 11:02 AM   |  

Political battles might loom large in August as stimulus and elections start to enter the picture.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Bond Duration: Not Just Passing Time. What You Need to Know. May 14, 2020 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 bond duration comes in.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Understanding Consumer Spending, Sentiment, and Confidence Measures May 8, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Learn about consumer confidence, consumer sentiment, personal income, and personal spending reports. Understanding measures of market sentiment can help traders and investors see a more complete picture of market fundamentals.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
May or May Not: Financial Market Outlook Fuzzy as U.S. Economy Inches Toward Reopening April 29, 2020 7:30 AM   |  

The month of May is expected to bring more weak data, especially for the U.S. jobs market, while the earnings focus turns toward struggling retailers. The pace of reopenings could be another major development.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Priming the Pump: Fiscal Stimulus vs. Monetary Stimulus and Why We Need Both April 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the COVID-19 pandemic ground commercial activity to a halt in early 2020, the United States turned to fiscal and monetary authorities for help in getting the flagging economy up and running. Here’s a primer on these two types of stimulus.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
2020 Quantitative Easing: The Fed’s Fast and Furious Action to Fight the Virus-Led Downturn April 17, 2020 11:11 AM   |  

As the U.S. economy pulled back in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve turned to a tool it used in the 2008–09 financial crisis: quantitative easing (QE). Here’s a crash course for investors.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Millennials Are Ready to Buy Homes—But on Their Terms February 27, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Millennials lead the way in first-time homebuyer stats and appear ready to move forward with this important milestone. But a few roadblocks still exist.

3 min read  |  Savings Goals
Financial Planning 101: Changing Interest Rates, Long-Term Investors January 23, 2020 9:33 AM   |  

How might interest rate increases and cuts impact long-term investing decisions? Learn strategies long-term investors might consider to help weather volatility.

4 min read  |  Investing Basics
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
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.”

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
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
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
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
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
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
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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