Debt/bond markets

A cycle of Fed rate hikes has never hit equities this hard before.  Here's what's different this time.

A cycle of Fed rate hikes has never hit equities this hard before. Here’s what’s different this time.

Anyone watching the market knows that stocks have been hammered since the Federal Reserve started in March, which turned into an aggressive series of interest rate hikes, but Deutsche Bank strategists say they might be surprised to learn that these rate hikes are probably not the culprit. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.16% has experienced a …

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Reducing the Fed's balance sheet via quantitative tightening is "a total mistake", says Mizuho

Reducing the Fed’s balance sheet via quantitative tightening is “a total mistake”, says Mizuho

The Federal Reserve’s attempt to shrink its balance sheet through so-called quantitative tightening, or QT, is “a complete mistake,” according to Mizuho’s chief U.S. economist. “There is a non-negligible likelihood that market liquidity will be adversely affected well before the $2 trillion target is reached, preventing the Fed from reaching its target,” said Steven Ricchiuto, …

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End of year gathering?  Stock market uptrend set to come up against stagflation fears

End of year gathering? Stock market uptrend set to come up against stagflation fears

The period between now and the end of the year marks a historically bullish home stretch of the year for US equities, especially just before and after Christmas. The question for investors is whether favorable seasonal factors will be offset by economic fundamentals. The momentum for a year-end run in equities only seems to be …

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The floodgates are open to grandparents to save on college for grandkids

The floodgates are open to grandparents to save on college for grandkids

If you’re a grandparent looking to save the day by helping your grandkids pay for college, take a look at a tax-efficient 529 college savings plan before the end of the year. Rule changes to federal financial aid calculations in 2023 mean new investment opportunities are open for family members to help without hurting financial …

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