Government Policy

Understand how policy decisions coming out of Washington may impact financial markets and your investments. Or explore other investing topics:

Inflation Peaking but Pain Won't End

Indicators are pointing to an easing of inflation, but there are plenty of economic concerns to work through before the markets can truly move out of bear territory.

Midterm Elections Signal More Washington Gridlock

While results won't be finalized for some time, it is clear that we will have two more years of an extremely narrowly divided Congress.

Fed Hikes Aggressively, Signals More Hikes to Come

Stocks slid and Treasury yields rose as comments by the Federal Reserve chair suggested the "peak" fed funds rate may be higher than initially expected.

Dangers to U.S. Economy from Without and Within

Recent events in the U.K. and China as well as the Russia/Ukraine war and the strong dollar are impacting the global economy. How will they affect the U.S. markets and economy?

Inflation Is Up, So Why Are TIPS Returns Down?

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities can be a buffer against long-term inflation, but it's possible for TIPS price declines to outpace principal adjustment in the short term.

Are Rate Hikes Pushing Markets to Breaking Point?

The Fed's inflation fight has ramped up volatility, pushed the dollar to new highs, and inverted the yield curve. Now it's stoking recession fears. What can investors do?

Inflation Reduction Act: New Taxes, Weaker Market?

On the surface, a new 1% stock buyback tax and 15% corporate minimum tax on top-earning companies may look harmful to bottom lines, but we think the reality is more nuanced.

Another Big Rate Hike: Does the Fed Have a Plan?

The Fed is determined to break the back of inflation by raising rates again and again—but at what cost to the economy, employment, and the markets? Is there a plan?

Investing Takeaways from Summer's Key Bills

Sweeping new laws passed by Congress this summer affect corporate taxes, clean energy, electric vehicles, semiconductor manufacturing, and more. What does it all mean for investors?

Home Is Where the Inflation Is

Central Banks relying on inflation measures based on rentals, rather than home prices, may persist in raising rates, applying more economic brakes despite easing home sales.