US stocks push higher as Powell sees path back to 2% inflation while sustaining strong labor market

US stocks push higher as Powell sees path back to 2% inflation while sustaining strong labor market

US stock indexes pushed higher after a wobbly start Wednesday, leaving Wall Street potentially on to gain ground after back-to-back losses, as investors tune in to remarks by central bankers while fretting that soaring inflation is damaging the world’s biggest economy. How are stock indexes trading? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.45% was up … 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

What the Fed’s biggest rate hike in decades means for the bear market in bonds

What the Fed's biggest rate hike in decades means for the bear market in bonds

Historically bad. That’s how the mammoth $53 trillion US fixed-income market has performed this year as the Federal Reserve works to curtail high inflation threatening to wreck the economy. To turbo charge the effort, the Fed on Wednesday fired off its biggest benchmark interest rate increase in nearly thirty years. But what does that mean … Read more