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Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 20, 2019

Amid a World of Worry, the Fed Aims to Keep Calm and Carry On
The central bank's main aim appears to be to do no harm to an economy that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell observed was "in a good place."

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 08, 2019

The Latest Payroll Numbers Aren't as Scary as They Look
Much weaker-than-expected February jobs gains follow outsize jumps previously. It's a good reason to take monthly numbers with grains of salt.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 07, 2019

Older Workers Are Masking Overall Wage Gains
The February jobs report is due to be released Friday morning. Here's what it may not show: Things are better than they look.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 07, 2019

Sovereign-Wealth Funds Were Canny Buyers of Stock Late Last Year
Norway's Norges Bank and the Swiss National Bank both were net buyers of stock in the fourth quarter—even as small U.S. investors were selling off their holdings.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 06, 2019

Why a Financial Transaction Tax Is Doomed to Fail
What's behind the proposal by congressional Democrats for a 0.1% levy on transactions of stocks, bonds, and derivatives.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 27, 2019

The Future Is Suddenly Looking Bright
A rebound in equities spurs a recovery in consumer confidence. Don't let the old data lead you astray.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 20, 2019

The Fed Learns to Pump the Brakes
The newly released FOMC minutes show increased awareness of how the central bank's balance sheet affects markets and the economy.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 14, 2019

How to Play the Fed's Coming Rate Cut
Traders increasingly bet the Fed's next move will be to ease. For investors, there's an ETF for that.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 06, 2019

Trump's State of the Union Address Doesn't Change the State of the Market
Investors who had hoped President Trump would unveil new initiatives to sustain the economic expansion did not find any in his 2019 State of the Union address.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 06, 2019

Stock Futures Shrug at Trump's State of the Union Address
Investors who had hoped President Donald Trump would unveil new initiatives to sustain the economic expansion did not find any in Trump's 2019 State of the Union address.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 06, 2019

Stock Futures Shrug at Trump's State of the Union Address
Investors who had hoped President Donald Trump would unveil new initiatives to sustain the economic expansion did not find any in Trump's 2019 State of the Union address.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 02, 2019

The Jobs Numbers Looked Super. They Were Merely Great.
There was a lot less to the outsize 304,000-job jump in January non-farm payrolls than meets the eye.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 01, 2019

Donald Trump Reportedly Eyes Herman Cain for the Fed, Following in Jimmy Carter's Footsteps
Former businessman would fit Trump's pattern of naming nonexperts. But is Cain able?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jan 30, 2019

The Fed Rules in the Market's Favor
The Federal Open Market Committee Wednesday held key policy interest rates unchanged and said it would be "patient" in raising them, while revising its outlook for the reduction of its balance sheet.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jan 30, 2019

The Federal Reserve Meeting Ends Today. Here's What to Expect
"Patient" and "flexible" have come to be the mantras of Fed officials, and both may be invoked in their statement at the conclusion of their policy meeting.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jan 29, 2019

The Fed Is Meeting Again. Here's What to Expect.
"Patient" and "flexible" have come to be the mantras of Federal Reserve officials, and both may be invoked in their statement at the conclusion of their policy meeting.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jan 10, 2019

Closed-End Funds Are Staging a Roaring Comeback
Prices of the funds featured in a December Barron's column were up from 8.74% to 14.65% through Tuesday.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Dec 19, 2018

Fed Leaves Door Open to More Hikes, Market Feels a Cold Draft
There was no "one and done" statement from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell & Co., and the press conference left stocks deeply in the red.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Dec 19, 2018

Clash at the Fed: Will They Stay or Will They Go?
To go would mean to raise the federal-funds rate by a quarter percentage point. To stay would mean to hold off. Do you really want to know?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Dec 13, 2018

Inflation Is Fading, so the Fed Will Raise Rates Just 1 More Time
Two months ago, the uptick in inflation was topping out. Now data show price pressures are indeed abating

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Dec 04, 2018

You Should Have Seen This Slowdown Coming
The yield curve's message of a sharp deceleration ahead essentially corroborates other indicators that already were flashing yellow caution signals.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Dec 02, 2018

Stock Markets Are Up Because a Trade War Truce Is Good Enough
Big questions still need answering after President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping averted a trade war escalation at the G-20 meeting.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 28, 2018

Why Did Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Back Off on Rate Hikes?
Though the Federal Reserve chief's speech Wednesday sounded a dovish note, some markets weren't that surprised.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 28, 2018

Home-Builder Stocks Shrug Off Bad News
The sector rallied last week despite the broad market's sharp retreat, Trump's new tax law, and disappointing sales. Is the bad news already priced in?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 20, 2018

Housing Is Faltering. Maybe the Fed Will Notice.
Housing starts registered a modest, weather-related uptick in October. But will the Federal Reserve start to pay attention to the longer-run, clear deterioration in the most interest-sensitive sector of the U.S. economy?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 14, 2018

Treasuries Won't Protect Your Portfolio From This Stock Market
Treasuries have been underperforming since late September, when markets entered a "risk-off" mode.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 08, 2018

The Fed Notes a Capex Slump as Trade Tensions Weigh on Spending Plans
The Fed observes that business fixed investment "had moderated from its rapid pace earlier in the year," when capital spending had been "growing strongly."

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 07, 2018

Stocks Are Higher Because the Midterm Elections Didn't Surprise
The lack of a "blue wave" in Tuesday's midterm elections had major stock markets trading in the green as Democrats captured the House and Republicans held the Senate.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 07, 2018

Stocks Are Higher Because in the Midterm Elections No News Is Good News
The lack of a Blue Wave in Tuesday's midterm elections had major stock markets trading in the green as Democrats were close to capturing the House and Republicans held the Senate.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 06, 2018

Stocks Could Pop If Republicans Hold the House. Then Comes the Drop.
If both chambers of Congress remain under Republican control, there could be a renewed surge in Treasury yields, and perhaps a resumption in the slide that hit stocks in early October when the 10-year note surged.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 02, 2018

Upbeat Jobs Numbers Are a Downer for Markets
Stock and bond prices moved lower after the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a strong-than-expected employment report for October, which bolsters the case for the Federal Reserve to push ahead with interest-rate increases this year and next.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 01, 2018

Workers Are Finally Seeing Higher Wages. If Only Benefits Could Keep Up.
Employment Cost Index data show pay rose 2.9% from a year earlier in the third quarter as benefit costs rose 2.6%. Employers may be seeking to offset higher pay by reining in benefit expenses.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Nov 01, 2018

GE's Bad Day Also Hit the Company's Bonds
Wednesday was a doubly painful day for General Electric investors. Not only did GE stock trade in single digits despite an analyst upgrade, the company's bonds also took a hit.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 26, 2018

This Week's Stock Market Plunge Points to More Trouble Ahead
The massive stock market selloff on Wednesday may have been sparked by technology stocks, but it spread far beyond this leadership sector.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 25, 2018

Yesterday's Stock Market Plunge Points to More Trouble Ahead
The massive stock market selloff on Wednesday may have been sparked by technology stocks, but it spread far beyond this leadership sector.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 24, 2018

China Will Do "Whatever It Takes" to Stop Its Falling Stock Market
Some observers are seeing signs of a bottom in the China stock market—and investors are beginning to move back into China-focused ETFs

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 23, 2018

China Will Do 'Whatever It Takes' to Stop Its Falling Stock Market
Some observers are seeing signs of a bottom in the China stock market—and investors are beginning to move back into China-focused ETFs.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 18, 2018

Dr. Doom's Latest Warning Should Not Go Unheeded
Efforts to stabilize the financial system following the financial crisis may actually have heightened risks, says economist Henry Kaufman.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 12, 2018

This Week's Stock Market Dive Pointed to a Weird New Dynamic
Both stocks and bonds moved down sharply Wednesday, continuing a phenomenon that emerged in the short-lived correction at the beginning of 2018. The Dow lost more than 800 points.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 11, 2018

Yesterday's Dive Pointed to a Weird Dynamic
Both stocks and bonds moved down sharply Wednesday, continuing a phenomenon that emerged in the short-lived correction at the beginning of 2018. The Dow lost more than 800 points.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 10, 2018

Today's Stock Market Dive Cemented a Weird New Dynamic
Both stocks and bonds moved down sharply Wednesday, continuing a phenomenon that emerged in the short-lived correction at the beginning of 2018. The Dow lost more than 800 points.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 05, 2018

Good News for Wages Is Bad News for Stocks
The real news in Friday's jobs report was that wages continued their steady but moderate rise, which is bad for profit margins.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 04, 2018

Don't Panic Over Rising Bond Yields
The Treasury market's selloff gets a lot of attention, but the declines in other parts of the credit market have been far less severe.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 03, 2018

Amazon's Wage Hike Is Good News for Workers --- and Bad News for Stocks
While Amazon's move will boost the paychecks of hard-working Americans, it also will probably squeeze profits.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Oct 01, 2018

Trump's New Trade Deal Is a Win for the Stock Market
A deal to update Nafta sent stocks soaring, and there's new reason to believe pragmatism will trump protectionism.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Sep 27, 2018

Relax, the Real Fed-Funds Rate Is Still Zero
For financial markets and the economy, the key will be when the central bank will end its tightening path.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Sep 26, 2018

Bond Markets Are the New Banks
James Carville was right about bond markets, and now he has the Bank for International Settlements to back him up.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Sep 19, 2018

Rising Treasury Yields Are Dragging Down Utility and Real-Estate Stocks
Interest-rate-sensitive sectors such as REITs are feeling the pressure as the 10-year yield sits north of 3%

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Sep 18, 2018

Why Tariffs Aren't Scaring the Stock Market
A trade war remains the No. 1 "tail risk" among institutional investors polled in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey—but that's down from a month ago.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Sep 13, 2018

Stocks Are Pricier Now Than They Were in the Dot-Com Era
The average stock now is valued more richly now than in 2000—and markets may be even riskier now, says the Leuthold Group's Doug Ramsey.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Sep 07, 2018

When Will Rising Wages Threaten Profits?
Average hourly earnings were up 2.9% in August from a year ago. Productivity gains and demographics are offsetting that—at least for now.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Aug 30, 2018

China Is Winning the Fight Over the Yuan
Beijing is successfully manipulating the yuan, but to boost its value, rather than weaken it.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Aug 28, 2018

Why Bondholders Never Bought Elon Musk's Talk of Taking Tesla Private
Tesla's stock swung wildly in the weeks after Elon Musk tweeted about taking the company private. But its main junk-bond issue barely budged.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Aug 23, 2018

Tax Reform Is a Tonic for the Muni Bond Market
This year's tax overhaul may spell long-term trouble for some states' finances, but it has also added to the appeal of municipal debt in places like California and New York.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Aug 09, 2018

The Battle of the Bond Forecasters
Jamie Dimon is predicting bond yields as high as 5%. One longtime bond bull calls for 1%. Who's right?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Aug 02, 2018

Trump and the Federal Reserve Are Headed for a Showdown. Here's What You Need to Know
If the president is miffed by the central bank gradually raising rates when the economic numbers are breaking his way, what happens when they're not?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Aug 01, 2018

Did the Federal Reserve Trigger the FAANG Slide?
In weeks when the central bank markedly reduces its holdings, the stock market has a rocky time.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jul 30, 2018

Rate Expectations: Markets Look Ahead to Central Bank Meetings
Most attention will be focused on the U.S., but the Bank of Japan and Bank of England may be even more important to global markets.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jul 27, 2018

Trump Touts GDP Gain; Markets Shrug
The economy grew 4.1% in the second quarter, about what economists had predicted and evidently what financial markets had discounted.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jul 27, 2018

Employers Could Wage a War on Labor Costs
Managements may be looking to squeeze worker salaries in order to preserve profit margins.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jul 19, 2018

Trump Breaks Precedent in Criticizing the Fed
He's "not thrilled" with rate hikes while the economy's strong, but will he remain hands-off if it slows?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jul 12, 2018

At Last, Some Good News for Pension Plans
Higher bond yields trim shortfalls, bolstering corporate plans. But public pensions remain way short of needs.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jun 28, 2018

The Case for Buying GE's Bonds
The company's investment-grade debt sports generous yields—and their payouts are safer than GE's stock dividends.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jun 21, 2018

Could China's Next Target Be the U.S. Housing Market?
While markets fret about China dumping its Treasuries, U.S. homeowners could suffer if it cuts its mortgage securities holdings.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jun 13, 2018

What the Fed Really Fears
The Powell-led central bank doesn't want asset-price bubbles, which could turn into busts that could take down the whole economy.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jun 06, 2018

Go Ahead---Gamble on a Calm Market. What Could Go Wrong?
Speculators are once again betting that stocks' return to low volatility will persist despite the array of uncertainties it faces.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
May 24, 2018

Italy's New Leaders Propose a Euro Runaround
A scheme being studied by the coalition Italian government to issue new IOUs could be a precursor to an exit from the currency.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
May 24, 2018

Will Italy's New Leaders Call the EU's Bluff?
A scheme being studied by the coalition Italian government to issue new IOUs could be a precursor to an exit from the euro.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
May 17, 2018

This Isn't Tom Wolfe's Bond Market
The Wall Street of The Bonfire of the Vanities has mutated beyond recognition.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
May 17, 2018

This Ain't Tom Wolfe's Bond Market
The Wall Street of The Bonfire of the Vanities has mutated beyond recognition.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
May 17, 2018

Bond Fire of the Vanities
The late Tom Wolfe's most famous novel captures a Wall Street that has mutated beyond recognition.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 24, 2018

Netflix Turns to Junk-Bond Market to Raise Cash
The 10-year Treasury yield has finally hit 3%—but the video streamer's high-yield bond offering says more about credit markets.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 24, 2018

Netflix Puts Some Junk in Its Trunk
The 10-year Treasury yield has finally hit 3%—but the video streamer's high-yield bond offering says more about credit markets.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 20, 2018

Trump Is Still Wrong on China
The president wrongly accuses two foreign powers of currency manipulation.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 18, 2018

The Risk for High-Tax States: The Wealthy Could Flee
Rich states depend more on income taxes, especially capital gains—and the new tax law could trigger flight risk by the well-to-do.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 12, 2018

Inflation: This Time It's Real
The Fed hits its price target, and the market prices in tighter policy.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 08, 2018

Trump Infrastructure Plan: Potholes Ahead
Key questions ahead of its unveiling: How will it be funded and when will it actually be enacted?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 08, 2018

Central Banks: The New Alchemists
The Swiss National Bank profits from a rise in stocks purchased with cash conjured from thin air. How long can this feat continue?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Apr 08, 2018

New Dollar Bashing Won't Affect Fed Rate Hike Plan
A new call for a cheaper greenback is at odds with the likelihood of multiple Fed rate hikes this year.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 29, 2018

Millennials Prefer Perks Over Salary Increases
Their preference for perks is keeping pay in check in a tight labor market. Does the Fed see through this quirk?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 21, 2018

New Fed Chief Takes Pragmatic Approach
Jerome Powell emphasizes that the Federal Open Market Committee decided on one rate hike; downplaying the "dot plot."

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Mar 07, 2018

Friday's Jobs Report Looms Large Despite Trade Jitters
Even amid DC dysfunction, wage numbers could have big impact after last month's market shudders.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 22, 2018

The Fed May Stop Propping Up Stock Prices
The FOMC minutes hint Powell may be less inclined to bail out the asset markets than his predecessors.

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Feb 01, 2018

Curtain Closes Quietly on Yellen Era
The Fed chairwoman exits with employment and inflation mandates nearly fulfilled. But will Powell be as sensitive to the stock market?

Barron's Up and Down Wall Street Daily
Jan 31, 2018

The "King of Debt" Confronts Rising Interest Rates
While the president touts stock market gains, the bond market imperils his favorite gauge of his approval.

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