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US stocks slip in early trading ahead of Fed announcement

U.S. stock indexes declined slightly in early trading Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's latest economic and interest rate policy update. Technology and financial companies were down the most. Several … Click to Continue »

Fed conflicted by weak U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

By Howard Schneider and Ann Saphir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly. Show More Summary

The dollar is hovering in suspense ahead of the Fed

The dollar isn't budging ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's September meeting. The US dollar index was little changed at 91.73 at 8:48 a.m. ET. On Wednesday, the Fed is expected to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged...Show More Summary

The Fed risks repeating a ghastly mistake it made right before the last 2 recessions

A decade ago this week, traders cheered news that the Federal Reserve was cutting its key interest rate by an assertive 50 basis points. Back then, the central bank was getting more worried about how borrowing costs could speed up the...Show More Summary

10 things you need to know before the opening bell

Here is what you need to know. Sign up here to get "10 Things" delivered directly to your inbox. The Fed meets. At the conclusion of Wednesday's meeting, the US central bank is expected to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged between...Show More Summary

Low returns? 4 ways to earn more interest on your money

With a little searching you can earn a much more competitive rate of return. Here’s how.        

The dollar drifts as the Fed kicks off its two-day meeting

The dollar is hovering as the Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting. The US dollar index was little changed at 91.99 at 8:17 a.m. ET. Expectations for an interest rate hike at the meeting, which concludes on Wednesday, are almost...Show More Summary

Rates on US Treasury bills rising at weekly auction

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction, with rates on six-month bills rising to their highest level since in nearly nine years. The Treasury Department auctioned $42 … Click to Continue »

Investor Asset Flows Target Rising Long-Term US Interest Rates Into Q4

By John Kosar CMT – A recent movement in the assets invested in two key ETFs that track long-dated Treasury prices, plus an aggressive bet via the futures market by smart money commercial hedgers on a decline in 30-year Treasury Bonds...

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September 17, 2017 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

ETFs & Stock Valuations, Interest Rates & ETFs, ETFs & Monetary Policy, Bear Markets & ETFs Click here to listen to the show

How To Buy A House When You're Pretty Sure You Can't Afford One

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The obstacles to buying a first house may appear insurmountable: Home prices have risen, mortgage interest rates are poised to rise, and by most people’s definition we’re in a market that favors sellers.

Mortgage applications rose 9.9 percent in latest weekly survey

The Market Composite Index increased 9.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans up 11 percent and refinances up 9 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.03 percent. READ MORE

Something I Didn’t Realize About Credit Card Interest Charges

I'd like to think I'm pretty well versed on credit cards, though one thing I've never paid much attention to is interest rates. I realize interest rates are of interest (no pun intended) to many people in the country, given how common...Show More Summary

Even the most dovish policymaker at the Bank of England is nearly rate to raise rates

LONDON — Gertjan Vlieghe, probably the most dovish member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee believes that the bank may need to raise interest rates "in the coming months," making a first hike in more than 10 years more...Show More Summary

On secular stagnation and low interest rates: demography matters

The post On secular stagnation and low interest rates: demography matters appeared first on The Big Picture.

A simple point about corporate tax reform

For the most part, the empirical literature suggests that “cash flow” drives investment more than does say the real interest rate; you can take the latter as one proxy for non-massive changes in rates of return.  So a plan to cut “back...Show More Summary

Low refinance activity defies low interest rates

What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. Rate news summary From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: Still at the second lowest level since the presidential election, the 30-year fixed rate was unchanged from last week, remaining at 3.78 percent. Ditto for the 15-year fixed, also remaining at the […]

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