Fed Vice Chair Brainard warns against retreating from inflation fight prematurely

U.S. Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard speaks after she was nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden to serve as vice chair of the Federal Reserve, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2021. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard … Read more

Think mortgage rates are high now? Homebuyers in the 1980s were paying 19%

Think mortgage rates are high now? Connie Strait remembers when she was starting her career in real estate in the early 1980s and buyers were contending with rates three times higher. Strait recalled one couple who were actually relieved when they locked in a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 19% in September 1981. The couple had … Read more

Used cars have become unaffordable

New York CNN Business  —  High prices and rising interest rates are putting used cars out of reach for a growing number of car shoppers. That’s bad news for CarMax, the nation’s largest used car dealer. CarMax reported Thursday that its earnings plunged 54% as the number of cars it sold in the quarter fell … Read more

Latest GDP reading confirms the US economy shrank for two straight quarters, supporting one definition of a recession

Minneapolis CNN Business  —  The US economy shrank by 0.6% during the second quarter of the year, according to the latest gross domestic product estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis released Thursday. That matches the most recent GDP estimate and shows the economy was in contraction for the entire first half of the year … Read more

The UK is gripped by an economic crisis of its own making

London CNN Business  —  A week ago, the Bank of England took a stab in the dark. It raised interest rates by a relatively modest half a percentage point to tackle inflation. It couldn’t know the scale of the storm that was about to break. Less than 24 hours later, the government of new UK … Read more

Erdogan says Turkey will keep cutting interest rates, mocks British pound

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey May 18, 2022. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT Murat Cetinmuhurdar | Reuters Turkey will keep cutting interest rates, … Read more

The Truss tax plan cushions the wealthy while pushing borrowers toward a financial cliff

This story is part of CNN Business’ Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here. New York CNN Business  —  After tumbling to a record low against the dollar, the British pound stabilized Tuesday, rising more than 1% to $1.08. But the economic policy that sparked the currency’s historic nosedive … Read more

Popular bond-market recession gauge may go further below zero than any time since Paul Volcker, BNP says

One of the bond market’s most popular indicators of approaching U.S. recessions has the potential to post its most negative readings since the early 1980s reign of former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. That’s the view of a team at BNP Paribas, which says that the spread between 2- TMUBMUSD02Y, 4.283% and 10-year Treasury yields TMUBMUSD10Y, … Read more

The S&P 500 falls to a fresh low for the year. Here’s where stocks may go next

The S & P 500 broke below its June low, and Wall Street is debating whether the sell-off is nearing an end or is more pain in store for investors. The S & P 500 briefly fell to 3,623 Tuesday, a new bear market low, below its June intraday low of 3,636. The market continued … Read more