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Markets Don’t Agree with the Fed

The Fed’s decision to hike rates again on Wednesday was met with displeasure from equity investors. Stocks saw sharp declines even as the Fed lowered its forecast for next year from three rate hikes to two. That displeasure was on full display on Thursday, as stocks once again got absolutely rocked. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was down 3% at the lows, putting it down over 20% from its August peak. Although the index recovered a bit, it still ended the session down just under 20% from... Continue Reading

Fed Hikes Rates by a Quarter-Point

The highly anticipated Fed meeting on monetary policy has concluded with the central bank electing to hike rates by 25 basis points. The quarter-point hike was not unsuspected and investors will likely be far more concerned with the central bank’s commentary about its plans for next year. The Fed voted unanimously to hike rates today, while it lowered rate hike expectations for next year down to two from three. The Fed also lowered its longer-term estimate of the Fed Funds rate to 2.8% from 3%... Continue Reading

Has the Dollar Gotten Ahead of Itself?

The latest meeting of the FOMC has now come and gone. As expected, the Fed continued on its recent course of policy normalization, hiking the Fed Funds rate by another 25 basis points. The central bank still expects to hike rates again before the end of the year, likely in December. There were some key changes in the policy statement, with the central bank electing to drop the term “accommodative” from its statement. Rate expectations going forward also changed as well, and it seems overall... Continue Reading

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Let the Coiling Continue

The last several months have unquestionably been challenging for the gold market. Higher stocks, a stronger dollar and overall robust appetite for risk have all played a role in the metal’s lack of upside. Although it is unclear of the market has yet found a long-term bottom, recent price action would seem to suggest that a bottom is at hand, or very close. The market has been consolidating in recent days as it tries to hold the psychologically important $1200 level. The selling pressure appears... Continue Reading

Rates May Go Up Only to Come Right Back Down

With the U.S. and global economies on more solid footing, the Fed has been raising interest rates as it attempts to normalize monetary policy. Other central banks, such as the ECB, are also looking to end stimulus measures and begin the process of removing monetary stimulus through low rates, QE or both. As central banks remove the punchbowl, however, markets will be left to stand on their own two feet. This could be compared to stock markets continuing to play the game, but now without... Continue Reading

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3 Reasons to Consider Exiting Stocks Now

The stock market seems to keep going and going. The market has had little, if any, in the way of major pullbacks or retracements since the current bull market began about a decade ago. The market seems unable to go significantly lower, and the current level of bullishness borders on the dangerous. Price action like that has been seen in recent months has a tendency to suck investors into the market-especially those that have been waiting for that big “pullback” to get long. As these... Continue Reading

Is the Fed Behind the Curve?

Inflation has been a topic of discussion for some time now as the Fed seeks to normalize monetary policy. The Commerce Department reported today that the PCE (personal consumption expenditures price index) jumped to 2% year-over-year in March. That 2% is the Fed’s desired annual target for inflation. Inflation is gaining further traction due to a tightening labor market as well as recent tax cuts that are providing economic stimulus. Just last week, the government reported that wages and salaries saw their biggest increase in... Continue Reading

Has the Tipping Point Finally Arrived?

Stocks have seen some pressure in recent days, as more and more investors believe that the bear market in bonds has finally run its course. With the 10 year note yield currently right around the 3% level, investors seem to be getting increasingly anxious. The 3% level in yields represents an important psychological barrier that, if broken, could see a sharp and rapid rise even higher in rates. Some analysts have already hiked their year-end predictions for the benchmark 10 year note, calling for yields... Continue Reading

Another Quarter Point Hike

On Wednesday afternoon, the Federal Reserve hiked the Fed Funds Rate by another 25 basis points, bringing the rate to 1.50-1.75%. This move from the central bank was widely expected, and investors are likely to be far more focused on the commentary from the central bank after the announcement. The Fed forecast at least two more hikes this year, and also upgraded its outlook on the economy. The combination of tax cuts and government spending are cited as potential catalysts for higher inflation and a... Continue Reading

Is This Week all About the Fed?

There is certainly no shortage of things happening right now that could potentially affect financial asset prices. One of the major potential catalysts for price action this week is likely to be Wednesday’s Fed meeting. It is widely expected that the central bank will take another step towards normalizing monetary policy. The central bank will likely raise the Fed Funds Rate by another 25 basis points. Markets seem prepared for such a move from the Fed, and will probably be far more interested in what... Continue Reading