Opinion: Good news for retirees and retirement savers — inflation may be working in your favor

Retirees and those seeking secure income got two items of very good news this week, though you may only have heard about one. Meanwhile, your ability to earn a guaranteed rate of return on risk-free investments, regardless of what happens to inflation, actually went up. So-called TIPS bonds, Treasury bonds protected against inflation, fell slightly … Read more

Stocks Could Keep Rising If the Fed Shows Restraint

Text size As the market rebounds, speculative stocks are stirring. For proof, consider Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF, up about 40% since mid-June. David Swanson/Reuters/Alamy What bear market? Stocks continued their summer rally this past week as better-than-expected inflation results helped lead to a 3.3% gain in the S&P 500 index, its fourth consecutive weekly … Read more

Tesla’s Stock Will Split on Aug. 24

Illustration by Elias Stein Text size Tesla has given investors something to look forward to this coming week: a three-for-one stock split. As of the close of trading on Aug. 24, Tesla shareholders will get a “dividend” of two extra shares. The next day, Tesla stock will start trading at the new price—a third of … Read more

Disney, Coinbase, BioNTech, Rivian, and Other Stocks to Watch This Week

Text size Second-quarter earnings season continues this week, while a pair of July inflation figures and consumer sentiment surveys will be the highlights on the economic-data calendar. On Monday, Tyson Foods , BioNTech , AIG, and Take-Two Interactive Software will report. Coinbase Global, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings , Sysco , and Ralph Lauren go on … Read more

Investors are obsessed with size of Fed’s next rate hike. Here’s what they’re missing.

Debate has been simmering over whether Federal Reserve policy makers will raise the fed-funds rate by three-quarters of a percentage point later this month, as they did in June, or step up their inflation-fighting campaign with a full point hike —- something that hasn’t been seen in the past 40 years.Friday’s economic data, which included … Read more

Why Is the Stock Market Down Today? Dow Sinks as Inflation Soars.

Text size The Federal Reserve under Jerome Powell is expected to continue raising interest rates. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images The stock market was sinking after inflation came in hotter-than-expected in June.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average has declined 334.83 points, or 1.1%, while the S&P 500 has fallen 1.4%, and the Nasdaq Composite futures … Read more

U.S. June inflation report circulating on internet Tuesday is fake, Bureau of Labor Statistics says

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday that a release circulating online purporting to show June inflation data, due for release on Wednesday morning, was a forgery.  “We’re aware of a fake CPI release image circulating on Twitter. It is a fake. Stay tuned for the real CPI release tomorrow at 8:30 AM ET,” … Read more

Stocks Break Out. There Are Signs Inflation and Interest Rates May Peak Sooner.

Text size A copper smelter in Jinhua, China. Copper prices, often a signal of where the economy is headed, fell 6% this past week. Top Photo/Sipa USA/Alamy The stock market has predicted nine of the past five recessions, economist Paul Samuelson famously quipped back in the 1960s. A half-century later, is the stock market driving … Read more

3 crucial financial moves to make now after the Fed’s biggest rate hike since 1994

In a matter of months, it’s become more expensive to carry a credit card balance, a car loan or a mortgage as the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes have seeped into borrowing costs. It’s tough medicine that central bankers hope will break the fever of hot inflation — and no one expects the doses to … Read more

S&P 500 Poised for Bear-Market Territory as Stock Futures Drop

The S&P 500 was on track to open in bear market territory, while global stocks tumbled and bond yields jumped as fears over inflation rattled investors around the world. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 2.2% on Monday. A decline of more than 1.3% at the close of trading Monday would push the index … Read more