Markets and Economy

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

Callable Bonds: Understanding How They Work

Reviewing the basics can keep you from being caught off guard if your investment is returned to you before the stated maturity date.

Family Affair: A Look at Sector Trends

While major indexes have seemingly been calm this year, there are notable and stealthy sector leadership shifts that have happened under the surface.

With Stubborn Inflation, What Should the Fed's Target Be? (With David Beckworth)

Kathy Jones interviews economist David Beckworth about the potential role of nominal GDP as an alternate target for the Fed.

Earnings Season May Bring Changes

Earnings growth, a driver of long-term stock market performance, seems to be expanding beyond a handful of U.S. equities, supporting more broad-based market performance.

What's It Like to Be a Financial Journalist? (With Dion Rabouin)

Wall Street Journal reporter Dion Rabouin discusses his process for analyzing what's happening in the markets.

Emerging-Market Bonds: Are Returns Worth the Risk?

Emerging-market local-currency bonds have rallied sharply since last October, along with other risky segments of the global bond market. However, navigating the market can be challenging.

Understanding the Federal Reserve's Dot Plot

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

Patience: Inflation's Message to Fed

Inflation looks to still be trending lower, but a relatively stubborn decline will likely inspire the Fed to start cutting rates later (and slower) than expected.

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.

Is the Market Still Climbing the Wall of Worry? (With Dr. Ed Yardeni)

Dr. Ed Yardeni sits down with Liz Ann to discuss the current economic cycle and the challenges ahead in the markets this year.