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Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.
Investors are hungry for good news from today's FOMC meeting. Here's what Ben Bernanke can — and can't — deliver.
Following huge losses for the Dow on Monday and further selling in Asia overnight, the markets are watching what the Fed and Ben Bernanke will do at their July Meeting today. Speculation is mounting that the Fed will attempt to restore calm but one fund manager thinks that policy action is unnecessary.
During a period like this, with stocks plunging almost on a daily basis, it’s clear that fear and shock are ruling the roost. But fear can be overdone. As someone who has been around awhile and has seen many sell-offs, let me offer some advice: Do not panic. Market corrections come and go. They are not the end of the world. Most times they are actually healthy.
Ben cut interest rates to zero, devised a zillion bowls of "alphabet soup" rescue programs as the Wall Street Journal put it, and bought every bond put out for bid and ballooned the Fed's balance sheet by trillions. Maybe it saved us from disaster, but we haven't seen the growth expected.
I hate to say it, but Nancy was right! I try to be apolitical. I think I succeed most of the time. Trashing both parties more or less equally allows me to stay balanced. So in that continuing effort to stay bland and uninteresting, I have to give mention to Nancy Pelosi who said a few weeks ago it might take a decline of hundreds of points in the market to get the Republicans attention.
The markets around the world are rattled silly this morning by the first ever downgrade of the U.S. Government’s debt by Standard & Poors. That is understandable but not, in my mind, rational.
In the U.S., is it the fall of the Roman Empire or will our anemic growth pick up steam and help us out of the economic doldrums? Here are five questions to ask.
One of the first things investors learn after “buy low and sell high” is that markets hate uncertainty.
To be downgraded is a national disgrace. It comes about via a political battle that should never have been fought.
The decision by Standard & Poor's to cut America's debt rating is, in Alan Greenspan’s view, bad for America’s state of mind.
With S&P’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA, many are speculating on how markets and U.S. authorities will respond.
There he goes again. Out on the campaign trail, President Obama is proposing more federal spending as his answer to sluggish growth and jobs. That won’t do it, Mr. President.
Just imagine what would have happened to the markets if the debt ceiling wasn't raised. Yesterday, the equity markets fell off a small cliff and gave back the gains for the year. Today, we are watching the markets on a roller coaster ride as investors try to figure out what is really happening in the economy.
If part of your investing strategy this year is based on the presidential cycle, you need to acknowledge that things are not going as planned. Streaks last until they don’t. Similarly, if your investing strategy is based on an economic recovery, you will need to acknowledge that growth has slowed.
With the threat of failure to reach a debt deal finally out of the way and the worsening global macroeconomic picture gripping investors, it has been a win- win for US Treasurys so far.
Whether it’s the uncertainty of the new health care provisions, the plethora of proposed regulations included in Dodd-Frank, or the current budget and debt debate — one thing is for sure: small business owners are faced with an unprecedented amount of uncertainty.
There is something you should know about the deal to cut federal spending that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday: It does not actually reduce federal spending, the New York Times reports.
The economy is in big trouble, and the world’s central banks may be running out of ways of turning it around, according to Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics.
The US is likely to see its debt downgraded by the credit rating agencies, despite the passage of a bill to raise the country's debt ceiling on Monday, analysts told CNBC.