Fed Meeting Preview: Getting to Know Chair Jerome Powell

March 20, 2018

The regular meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (better known as the Fed) starts today and ends tomorrow with an official statement followed by a press conference. Markets expect the Fed to announce that interest rates will rise another 25 basis points, with 100-percent probability. Further, they are currently pricing in another couple of increases this year, as you can see in the Bloomberg chart below.

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Monday Update: Industry Strong, But Consumer Spending Slowing

March 19, 2018

Last week was a busy one for economic news, with five major reports covering all areas. But this week, all eyes will be on the Fed. Let’s take a closer look.

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Monday Update: Jobs Report Exceptionally Strong

March 12, 2018

There were three major economic reports last week, which gave us a look at the service sector, trade, and—most important—the job market. The week ahead will be a busy one, with five major reports expected.

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Appearance on CNBC's Power Lunch, March 5, 2018 [Video]

March 5, 2018

As the bull market reaches its ninth year, what will it take to actually bring it down? Or will the market continue to rise? I discussed this and more earlier today on CNBC's Power Lunch.

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Monday Update: Consumers Confident, Business Investment Slowing

March 5, 2018

There were five major economic reports last week, which gave us a detailed look at both the consumer and manufacturing. This week, we’ll see three major reports, which will give us a view of the service sector, trade, and the job market.

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What the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Mean for Your Investments

March 2, 2018

Yesterday, President Trump announced that the U.S. will be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. This shocked markets here in the U.S. and around the world, driving them back down just as it looked like they were recovering from the downturn last month. What happened? And is this a more serious threat going forward? In a word, yes.

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Monday Update: March Rate Hike Seems Likely

February 26, 2018

Last week was a slow one for economic data. But this week, we’ll have five major economic reports that will give us a detailed look at both consumers and manufacturing. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.

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