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

This stock market rout looks like the dot-com bust of 2000, says investing guru

Forget about buying the dip, for a while. That’s John Duffy, founder and CEO of Trending Stocks, about why he thinks the stock market could be in for a long, early 2000s-style unwind akin to what happened in the wake of the dot-com bust. Duffy, who launched his investing platform this spring, pointed to similarities … Read more

Consumers are growing more optimistic about the US economy

CNN  —  Consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in September, as moderating gas prices and the hope that inflationary pressures might be easing helped lift the nation’s collective mood. The Conference Board reported on Tuesday that its baseline index rose to 108 from a revised 103.6 in August, the highest it has been … Read more

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

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

Ray Dalio says stocks, bonds have further to fall, sees U.S. recession in 2023

As the world waits for the Federal Reserve to deliver what’s expected to be its third “jumbo” interest-rate hike, Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio shared a warning for anybody still hanging on to the hope that beaten-down asset prices might soon bounce back. In Dalio’s estimation, the Fed must continue to substantially raise interest rates … Read more

How Steep Fed Rate Hikes Affect Your Finances

Mortgage rates have jumped, home sales have slumped and credit cards and auto loans have gotten pricier. Savings rates are slightly juicier, though. As the Federal Reserve has rapidly increased interest rates, many economists fear a recession is inevitable in the coming months — and with it, job losses that could cause hardship for households … Read more

Cruel winter ahead for Wall Street as pandemic debts come due

A banker recently told me that CEOs “would have to do something pretty special to fall into bankruptcy” the last couple of years as government pumped massive liquidity into the market, on top of the pandemic handouts. That’s now changing, possibly quickly, with the Fed raising interest rates and reducing the size of its balance … Read more