US Economy

Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.5%
Jerome Powell
US Economy

Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.5%

The latest hike by the Federal Reserve takes the US benchmark rate to 4.25% - 4.5%.
15 Dec 2022
US stimulus checks – will you get one?
An American family
US Economy

US stimulus checks – will you get one?

To help fight high inflation and financial hardships, some US states have started to send stimulus checks to support residents. Here’s what you need t…
14 Nov 2022
US inflation drops to 7.7%
US supermarket shelf
US Economy

US inflation drops to 7.7%

Costs for rents increased, but the price of cars, clothes and medical care helped slow the rate of inflation in the US
11 Nov 2022
Federal Reserve hikes interest rates to 4%
Jerome Powell
US Economy

Federal Reserve hikes interest rates to 4%

The Federal Reserve continues its battle with inflation with another bumper interest rate hike.
3 Nov 2022
US inflation remains higher than expected
Cash dollars and financial chart
US Economy

US inflation remains higher than expected

US inflation fell by 0.1% but remains higher than expected due to the rising cost of food, shelter and medical care.
14 Oct 2022
US inflation may have peaked, but it remains a threat
US Economy

US inflation may have peaked, but it remains a threat

US inflation fell to 8.5% in July, down from 9.1% the previous month. But structural, not transitory, forces are pushing inflation higher. It could be…
17 Aug 2022
Is the US in recession and does it matter?
US Economy

Is the US in recession and does it matter?

There's a heated debate over whether the US is in recession or not. But why does it matter? John Stepek explains
29 Jul 2022
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What the death of the “Greenspan put” means for investors
US Economy

What the death of the “Greenspan put” means for investors

The Fed’s latest interest-rate rise shows that the “Greenspan put” – the idea that central banks will intervene if markets look like crashing – is dea…
28 Jul 2022
An era of high inflation has arrived
Inflation

An era of high inflation has arrived

In recent weeks investors had started to bet on signs that inflation may be peaking – but we’re in a new economic age. Expect high inflation to be her…
20 Jul 2022
The Fed really is fighting inflation – so don’t expect an early end to the bear market
Stockmarkets

The Fed really is fighting inflation – so don’t expect an early end to the bear market

In an attempt to contain raging inflation, the Federal Reserve has raised US interest rates by 0.75 percentage points. And it’s going to keep on raisi…
16 Jun 2022
US inflation brings no respite for markets
Inflation

US inflation brings no respite for markets

As US inflation hit a 40-year high, the benchmark S&P 500 stockmarket index slid into a bear market, down more than 20% since its 3 January high.
15 Jun 2022
Recession talk is a red herring – here’s what investors should focus on instead
Investment strategy

Recession talk is a red herring – here’s what investors should focus on instead

There is a lot of talk of impending recession. But that’s not something you should worry too much about, says John Stepek. What’s more important is …
6 Jun 2022
Here’s why markets welcomed America’s big interest rate rise
Stockmarkets

Here’s why markets welcomed America’s big interest rate rise

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by half a percentage point – the biggest hike in 20 years. So why did markets rise? John Stepek explains …
5 May 2022
UBI which was once unthinkable is being rolled out around the world. What's going on?
Global Economy

UBI which was once unthinkable is being rolled out around the world. What's going on?

Universal basic income, the idea that everyone should be paid a liveable income by the state, no strings attached, was once for the birds. Now it seem…
8 Apr 2022
The stockmarket rebound has nothing to do with Ukraine or the Federal Reserve
Stockmarkets

The stockmarket rebound has nothing to do with Ukraine or the Federal Reserve

Stockmarkets bounced yesterday after the Fed raised interest rates and hopes of peace in Ukraine rose. But more relevant was what happened in China. J…
17 Mar 2022
The US Federal Reserve must fight its own battles
US Economy

The US Federal Reserve must fight its own battles

Getting involved in other political fights will undermine the credibility of America's central bank – and that could affect us all, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Mar 2022
How to short-sell Trump’s media empire
Trading

How to short-sell Trump’s media empire

Donald Trump’s would-be media empire looks like a promising target for short sellers. Matthew Partridge explains how to play it.
16 Feb 2022
The strong US jobs report is good news for the economy, but not so much for markets
US Economy

The strong US jobs report is good news for the economy, but not so much for markets

January's US jobs report came in much stronger than anyone was expecting, with 467,000 new jobs added to the economy. But things might not be quite as…
7 Feb 2022
The Federal Reserve has turned inflation-fighter – how do you invest now?
US Economy

The Federal Reserve has turned inflation-fighter – how do you invest now?

The US Federal Reserve has become much more hawkish on inflation and less concerned with the markets' reaction to rising interest rates. John Stepek e…
27 Jan 2022
US inflation still shows no sign of fading
US Economy

US inflation still shows no sign of fading

Annual US inflation hit 7% in December, its highest since 1982, while core inflation rose to 5.5%. That suggests high price rises are going nowhere so…
21 Jan 2022
US inflation is at its highest since 1982. Why aren’t markets panicking?
Inflation

US inflation is at its highest since 1982. Why aren’t markets panicking?

US inflation is at 7% – the last time it was this high interest rates were at 14%. But instead of panicking, markets just shrugged. John Stepek explai…
13 Jan 2022
In praise of profits – Ed Yardeni’s stirring defence of capitalism
Economy

In praise of profits – Ed Yardeni’s stirring defence of capitalism

It is commonly held that the average American's income has not risen for decades. But in truth, real earnings have been rising by 1.5% since 1995. And…
21 Dec 2021