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Mother Nature Clouds the Outlook

Michael Farr | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

How much of the slowing can be blamed on Mother Nature? Nobody knows for sure, of course, but there is enough reason to believe that the brisk pace of growth recorded in the second half of 2013 will not be sustained in 2014.

The VIX Also Rises

Michael Farr | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The more people working, earning income and spending, the greater the economic benefits. The masses move the needle, not the 1% at the top.

China Considers Dumping U.S. Assets

Agence France Presse | Bill Savadove | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

A US debt default could spur China to diversify its multi-trillion-dollar foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, analysts say, as Beijing see...

QE Tapering as a Wake-up Call for Emerging Markets

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Emerging markets are not currently as vulnerable as they were in previous moments of global interest rate hikes.

Red Lines

Michael Farr | Posted 09.06.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The sharp drop in new home sales, weak spending in July, and negative guidance from retailers suggest to us that the recent rise in borrowing costs and energy prices may be starting to take a toll. Will the Fed take this data into consideration?

Fed Driven

Michael Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

As the government's role as economic hall monitor is debated and global markets and foreign economies adjust to their own challenges, our focus is on investing in the old-fashioned companies with strong balance sheets, increasing earnings, strong cash flow, and seasoned management teams.

Gorging on Apples

Michael Farr | Posted 05.02.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The appetite of the fixed income investor is voracious. Apple was the course of the day with the largest issuance of corporate bonds in the history of our republic for $17 billion.

Mark Gongloff

Austerity Alive And Well: U.S. Government To Pay Down Debt For First Time In 6 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business

Though you may have heard otherwise, austerity is in full force in the U.S., helping the government pay down debt for the first time in six years. ...

Don't Call It a "Bubble," Call It a "Bernanke"

Alex Frey | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Alex Frey

There are rising asset prices and stretching valuations. But not because there's a bubble so much as because there is a Bernanke.

Mark Gongloff

The Economic Indicator Even More Frightening Than The Jobs Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

The bond market tried to warn us about March's grim jobs report. And it's still warning us that the economy is not in great shape. Ten-year Tr...

The Myth of Social Security's Insolvency

Fred Lundgren | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

It is time for all top wage earners and all the other Social Security mythmakers to put away their bad ideas and silence their propaganda for the real good of America.

The Bond Peril

James Berman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
James Berman

People often think of bonds as being low risk. They are lower risk than stocks, but they are still subject to all sorts of different potential problems.

Mark Gongloff

China's Not Panicking About The Cliff And Neither Should You

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business

If the fiscal cliff and the oh-so-terrifying federal budget deficit is a reason to panic about U.S. debt, then the message has been slow to reach Chin...

Man Allegedly Makes Sketchy Trades At Goldman, Gets Hired By Another Bank

Reuters | Posted 02.01.2013 | Business

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley trader Edward Glenn Hadden is under investigation by regulators at CME Group over trades in Treasury futures fou...

Big and Bigger Lies About Bond Fund Managers

Dan Solin | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Most often, investors looking for higher returns from their bond holdings invest in actively managed bond funds. They believe an active bond manager has the investment skill likely to increase returns over the benchmark index, while taking no more risk.

Wall Street's Mouth Watering Over Fed Stimulus Hopes

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 08.19.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy we've got today is more or less the economy we've got for the rest of the year. That's the message from...

I CAN HAZ MOAR STIMULUS NOW?

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.04.2012 | Business

The stock market needs a liquidity fix something awful. For the second straight day, stocks are selling off hard -- harder than they did yesterday,...

Waaahhh, Say Markets

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business

Financial markets are throwing a little tantrum today. What's got them all worked up? The minutes of the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting made...

Banks Choose Lending To Uncle Sam Instead Of You

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business

If banks are doing so great, then why are they lending money to Uncle Sam instead of to you? U.S. banks bought more Treasury debt and bonds issued ...

These Three Words Are Causing A Pavlovian Stock Rally Today

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.07.2012 | Business

Just how addicted is the stock market to the Fed's easy money? We just got a prime example. Late Wednesday morning, stocks were meandering along, n...

Let's All Panic!

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

Thing One: Let's All Panic About Oil: The oil market is as jittery as Rick Santorum in a sex toy shop. Case in point: Yesterday a sketchy "news" repor...

The Market Robots Strike Again

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Where is John Connor when you need him? We might need some help handling some robots. At about 10 a.m. on the East Coast, just after the Federal Re...

Stock Rally Still Gets The Stinkeye

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

Retail investors -- average suckers like you and me who have our retirement money in 401(k)s -- often get called "dumb money" by Wall Street. Wall...

The Truth About Treasury Bonds, From Suze Orman (WATCH)

Posted 09.18.2013 | MarloThomas

Finance expert Suze Orman reveals the truth about treasury bonds. Get Suze's FREE download to The Money Navigator enter the gift code MARLO at www.Su...

2011 Winners Can Make You a 2012 Loser

Dan Solin | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Everyone wants to be a stock market winner. There were some big winners in 2011.