Nov 7, 2014

U.S. jobless claims, wages data point to tightening market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week and compensation accelerated in the third quarter, in the latest signs of tightening labor market conditions. Thursday’s upbeat data underscored the resilience of the economy and some analysts ...

Oct 29, 2014

U.S. Fed begins policy meeting, likely to end asset-buying stimulus

The U.S. Federal Reserve began its two-day policy meeting Tuesday with speculation that the central bank is likely to end the asset purchase stimulus on the back of the improvement in labor market. The Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed’s policy-setting panel, including Fed ...

Oct 9, 2014

Fed alarmed by sluggish Japan, Europe, September minutes show

Federal Reserve policymakers at a meeting last month expressed concern about slow growth in Japan and Europe, the minutes of the latest meeting showed Wednesday. “Some participants expressed concern that the persistent shortfall of economic growth and inflation in the euro area could lead ...

Sep 16, 2014

Speculation swirls over Fed language on rate hike

When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words: “Considerable time.” The presence or absence of that phrase will trigger a rush to assess the likely timing of the ...

Wall St. retreats on Yellen's comments on valuations

Jul 16, 2014

Wall St. retreats on Yellen's comments on valuations

U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and her fellow Fed policymakers raised concerns about “substantially stretched valuations” in some sectors. In the monetary policy report accompanying her congressional testimony, Yellen said that “equity valuations of smaller firms as well ...

Asset bubbles loom over 2014

Dec 14, 2013

Asset bubbles loom over 2014

Cash is so cheap these days that investors have been borrowing and plowing them in assets from artwork to wine to bitcoins, betting that prices would rise. And rise they did, some even setting records, but market watchers are now warning that asset bubbles ...

Sep 22, 2013

The Fed's surprise decision

The decision by the U.S. Fed to continue its bond-buying program surprised financial market players who had thought that the U.S. was on a path of gradual economic recovery.