Take no prisoners: In the Fed’s inflation fight, no one is spared

New York CNN Business  —  Call it the “Take No Prisoners” economy. Recession worries are deepening around the world. Mortgage rates are spiking and housing is stalling. The Dow is at a two-year low and near a bear market. Global central banks are jacking up interest rates with no end in sight until high inflation … Read more

British pound plummets to record low against the dollar

CNN Business  —  The British pound fell to a new record low against the US dollar of $1.035 on Monday, plummeting more than 4%. The slide came as trading opened in Asia and Australia on Monday, extending a 2.6% dive from Friday — and spurring predictions the pound could plunge to parity with the US … Read more

Don’t look for a stock market bottom until a soaring dollar cools down. Here’s why.

It will be difficult for the stock market to stop its slide and find a bottom as long as the U.S. dollar keeps soaring versus its rivals, according to market analysts. Global stocks suffered a bruising week, with the S&P 500 on Friday narrowly avoiding its lowest close of the year. At the same time, a … Read more

U.S. stocks suffer another week of losses, Dow ends lowest since November 2020 as bond yields hammer equities after Fed rate hike

U.S. stocks closed sharply lower Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ending at its lowest closing value since November 2020. All three major benchmarks suffered another week of losses as bond yields rose in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike on Wednesday. For the week, the Dow dropped 4% while the … Read more

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel accuses Fed of making one of the biggest policy mistakes in its 110-year history

““I think we’re giving Powell too much praise. … The last two years are one of the biggest policy mistakes in the 110-year history of the Fed by staying so easy when everything was booming.”” — Jeremy Siegel Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel has a bone to pick with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The longtime … Read more

UK’s mini budget slashes taxes and borrows heavily as recession hits

London CNN Business  —  A huge gamble by the UK government aimed at rescuing the economy from recession and boosting long-term growth sent the pound plunging on Friday. Announcing the biggest tax cuts in 50 years at the same time as boosting spending, Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said the government needed a “new approach for … Read more

If you’re selling stocks because the Fed is hiking interest rates, you may be suffering from ‘inflation illusion’

Forget everything you think you know about the relationship between interest rates and the stock market. Take the notion that higher interest rates are bad for the stock market, which is almost universally believed on Wall Street. Plausible as this is, it is surprisingly difficult to support it empirically. It would be important to challenge … Read more

‘The housing market may have to go through a correction’: Mortgage rates hit 6.29%, Freddie Mac says

The numbers: U.S. mortgage rates continue to climb, adding hundreds of dollars in costs to potential homeowners. The increase in mortgage rates followed the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates again to address the worst inflation the economy has faced in 40 years.  The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.29% as of September 15, according to data … Read more

The Stock Market Is Getting Crushed Again. But the Pain Is Almost Over.

Text size The Fed is trying to stamp out inflation by reducing economic demand, which is hurting the stock market. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images The stock market has once again gone into selloff mode, but there is still reason to believe it is close to finding a floor—and moving higher again.  The S&P 500 is … Read more

What rising interest rates mean for your credit, loans, saving and more

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a story that originally ran on August 26, 2022. In its continued bid to quash high inflation, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised the overnight bank lending rate to a range of 3% to 3.25%. It is the fifth increase by the US central bank in six … Read more