Global Economy

What Goes Around, Comes Around: Basics of Market Cycles and Recoveries May 19, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Markets, as well as economies, run in cycles—sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes sideways—each for an uncertain amount of time. Cycles present risks and opportunities for investors. Here are a few things investors should know about cycles, recessions, and recoveries.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
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
What Are Tariffs and Who Really Pays For Them? November 19, 2019 2:48 PM   |  

Tariffs have been part of American economic history from the country’s origins. Are tariffs good or bad for investors?

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
Rare Earth Metals & Trade Disputes: A Primer for Investors June 18, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Rare earth metals, used in everyday products such as electronics, automobiles and medical devices, have emerged as a potential weapon in the ongoing trade dispute. Here’s a primer on rare earths, and the stocks and sectors that may be affected.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Ripples Across the Pond: Potential Brexit Impact on the U.S. Economy June 3, 2019 11:22 AM   |  

If a no-deal Brexit should come to pass, there would likely be further market volatility. But an “oasis” factor could help fortify the U.S. economy.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Geopolitical Risks and Your Portfolio: Navigating an Unpredictable World August 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Geopolitical risks come in many forms, and can impact an investment portfolio in a number of ways. Here are a few basic points to consider.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
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