‘Peak inflation is not here yet’: Rents continue to rise, putting pressure on would-be homebuyers. That’s bad news for the Fed.

'Peak inflation is not here yet': Rents continue to rise, putting pressure on would-be homebuyers.  That's bad news for the Fed.

Rents will continue to rise, contributing to inflation, until the end of the year, economists say. With home prices and mortgage rates this high, many prospective homeowners are choosing to rent longer, opting to wait it out until prices normalize. But rents are also increasing, helped along by a housing-supply shortage that’s hiking the cost … Read more

The Fed’s Minutes Are Hawkish. They Also May Be Out of Date.

The Fed's Minutes Are Hawkish.  They Also May Be Out of Date.

Text size Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in June 2022. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s June 14-15 meeting reveal central bankers’ growing anxiety over inflation and plans to adopt a restrictive policy stance in order to cool rapidly rising prices. The minutes read hawkish. Major stock indexes, however, rose after the release … Read more

Here’s how much your Social Security check is likely to go up next year

Here's how much your Social Security check is likely to go up next year

Good news — sort of. If you’re retired or just about to retire, next year’s Social Security checks are likely to see one of the biggest bumps on record as a result of surging consumer prices. The average beneficiary may be in line to get as much as $180 more a month starting next January, … Read more

Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

It’s easy to want to duck for cover given the carnage seen this year in stocks and bonds, particularly with the Federal Reserve vowing to wage an unconditional battle against high inflation. While inflation running at a 40-year high still sits near the top of the list of worries for many investors, another potential bugaboo … Read more

The S&P 500 could slide another 33% in a ’70s-style inflation environment: Societe Generale

The S&P 500 could slide another 33% in a '70s-style inflation environment: Societe Generale

The bear market in stocks probably isn’t over — and could have much longer to run if the economy falls into a 1970s-style stagflation scenario, a Wall Street equities strategist warned this week. The S&P 500 officially entered a bear market last week, falling more than 20% from its Jan. 3 record finishes. The US … Read more