Markets and Economy

Read our latest market commentary on of-the-moment trends so you can make informed investment decisions

Stocks Mixed as Treasury Yields, Oil Weigh

The major equities indexes recovered some ground in a late-session bounce after spending most of the day weighed by concerns over Treasury yields and fuel prices.

CD or Treasury? Five Factors to Consider

Certificates of deposit (CDs) and Treasuries both can offer steady, predictable investment income—but how to decide between them? Here are five factors to help you choose.

Stocks Tumble on Concerns over Economy, High Rates

The major indexes sank to near four-month lows in a broad-based selloff after weaker-than-expected consumer confidence numbers exacerbated recession concerns.

Stocks Higher as Investors Await Data, Earnings

The major indexes marked time for much of Monday, as economic data, the next earnings season, and a potential government shutdown loom.

Risk: Hikes May Be Over, But QT Goes On

Monetary tightening still continues in the form of quantitative tightening, bringing potential volatility, earnings pressures, and lackluster performance to stock markets.

Understanding the Federal Reserve's Dot Plot

How to decipher the Fed's quarterly "dot-plot" chart.

Will Rising Federal Debt Slow Economic Growth?

Over the past 70 years, rising government debt generally has been accompanied by weaker economic activity. But it's not a simple relationship.

Quarterly Market Outlook: A Delicate Balance

The Federal Reserve weighs the data while investors wonder: Is the rate-hike cycle over?

Fed Pauses but Projects One More Hike This Year

The September Federal Reserve meeting provided few surprises, but ongoing uncertainty about the Fed's next move may mean more volatility ahead.

Say Goodbye…to Great Moderation?

A return to the Great Moderation Era looks unlikely, which might lead to an increasingly volatile—and somewhat unfamiliar—inflationary, economic, and geopolitical landscape.