The Fed may have to blow up the economy to control inflation

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can register over here. New York CNN Business – The Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point again on Wednesday, its fourth consecutive large increase. Another increase of this size … Read more

Opinion: The Fed is missing a crucial turning point in its fight against inflation because it believes in flawed data

The Fed can’t see the next potential economic meltdown because it’s still looking in the rear-view mirror, seeing nothing but High inflation. The risk arises because the CPI and PCE – the two most important measures of inflation – have a fatal flaw in the way they measure shelter costs. “ If you get your … Read more

Falling markets block technology, the dollar, and private equity

font size Japan had to step in to support the sliding yen for the first time since 1998, even as it tries to keep interest rates low. Akio-kun / Bloomberg The world has been hooked on cheap money for years. We are now seeing what withdrawal looks like. Raising interest rates from zero led to … Read more

Quantitative tightening is about to intensify. What does that mean for the markets?

The Federal Reserve now owns about a third of the Treasury and mortgage-backed securities markets as a result of its emergency asset purchase to support the US economy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Two years of so-called quantitative easing doubled the central bank’s balance sheet to $9 trillion, equivalent to 40% of the country’s GDP. By … Read more

Why this Fed move could be the ‘wild card’ flooding the stock market

Quantitative easing is credited with generating stock returns and boosting other speculative assets by flooding markets with liquidity as the Federal Reserve raised trillions of dollars in bonds after the financial crisis and amid the coronavirus pandemic. Investors and policy makers may underestimate what happens when the tide recedes. “I don’t know if the Fed … Read more