Friday, April 19, 2019

Power-charting the Selloff in Bonds

There's a growing consensus interest rates may be headed higher, which means bond prices may be headed lower. The idea went mainstream a month ago...

Bears Embrace a Dovish Fed

Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve tried to deliver a dovish announcement. But the market viewed it as hawkish, or just plain bearish. At one...
Suddenly, People Are Worried About a Slowdown

Suddenly, People Are Worried About a Slowdown

The U.S. economy has been resilient, but recent events have raised worries about a slowdown. Let's review some of the new forces at work. The...

Is the Fed Dovish, or Just Plain Chicken?

Is the Federal Reserve in the midst of its quickest pivot ever? It seems to be. Only two months ago, central bankers were united in their...

So Much for Inflation Running Wild This Summer

This week brought a trio of reports on inflation. None of them seemed to flash any warning signs about prices spiraling out of control. ...

Put Volume Swells in Junk Bond Fund

Options traders seem to be bracing for downside in junk bonds as negativity sweeps financial markets. The iShares High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) is...

How the Market May Be Pricing in Higher Rates

Suddenly the market seems to be taking higher interest rates seriously. Banks and financials, which stand to benefit from increased yields, are among the best...

Rumbles in the Bond Market

Disclosure: this post is intended for educational purposes only and shouldn't be viewed as a recommendation. For a long time, investors have warned about a...

Suddenly Vultures Circle in the Credit Market

The Federal Reserve has everyone talking about hawks and doves this week. But another kind of bird may be swooping in: vultures. Recent headlines suggest...

Safe Havens Abandoned as Risk Appetite Returns

In a sharp reversal from late 2018, safe havens are crumbling across the board. Utilities and consumer staples are the only two major sectors with negative...
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