Tumbling Markets Imperil Tech, the Dollar, and Private Equity

Text size Japan has had to intervene to support the sliding yen for the first time since 1998, even as it tries to keep its interest rates low. Akio Kon/Bloomberg The world has been hooked on cheap money for years. Now we’re witnessing what withdrawal looks like. Lifting interest rates from nil has produced a … 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

Why stock-market investors fear a full percentage point Fed rate hike would ‘unnerve’ Wall Street

With both U.S. stocks and bonds under pressure on Tuesday, some on Wall Street argue that investors are underestimating the possibility that the Fed might deliver a surprise 100 basis-point interest rate hike at the close of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday. While fed-funds futures traders overwhelmingly anticipate a hike of 75 basis points, … Read more

Can the Fed tame inflation without crushing the stock market? What investors need to know.

The Federal Reserve isn’t trying to slam the stock market as it rapidly raises interest rates in its bid to slow inflation still running red hot — but investors need to be prepared for more pain and volatility because policy makers aren’t going to be cowed by a deepening selloff, investors and strategists said. “I … Read more

The biggest Fed rate hike in 40 years? It could be coming next week.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and times are, arguably, increasingly desperate. The persistence of high inflation might force the Federal Reserve to resort to the biggest increase in a key U.S. interest rate in more than 40 years. After another dismal U.S. inflation report, economists at the brokerage Nomura Securities on Tuesday became the … Read more

Inflation Could Be Harder to Tame Than the Fed Anticipates

Text size Another 75-basis-point hike in the federal-funds target is looking very, very likely. Ting Shen/Bloomberg Market participants returned from their summer holidays apparently undaunted by the consistent and persistent message from central bank officials that short-term policy interest rates must be lifted significantly further to bring inflation to heel. U.S. stocks broke their three-week … Read more

The Other Doomsday Scenario Looming Over Markets

By James Mackintosh Sept. 3, 2022 10:00 am ET Listen to article (2 minutes) Think inflation is the biggest threat to your investments? Perhaps not: One fund manager that successfully navigated the past two major stock crashes is bracing for an awful end to the year because it fears the Federal Reserve’s quiet exit from … Read more

Apple, Alphabet, and Other Big Tech Stocks Poised for Further Losses

Text size Apple shares were poised to extend losses on Monday. Dreamstime Major technology stocks such as Apple and Alphabet were poised for further losses Monday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank would stick with its plan to raise interest rates to fight inflation. Growth stocks are particularly vulnerable to higher … Read more

Fed chief Powell ‘did what he needed to do’ in Jackson Hole, Larry Summers says

“ ‘The Fed is positioned as well as it can be — given the credibility losses and mistakes that there have been — with these remarks to manage things going forward.’ ” — Larry Summers Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers handed out some rare praise for the Federal Reserve on Friday, saying Fed chief … Read more

Stock Market Today: Dow Drops After Hawkish Remarks From Powell

Text size Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech scheduled for Friday has hung over markets all week. Drew Angerer/Getty Images The stock market was falling Friday, as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made hawkish remarks about monetary policy at the annual Jackson Hole Symposium, even in the face of declining inflation. After Powell’s comments, the Dow … Read more