Bank of Japan to trim bond buying, keeps rates steady

Bank of Japan to trim bond buying, keeps rates steady

The Bank of Japan kept ultra-low interest rates on Friday but decided to start trimming its huge bond purchases in a slow but steady retreat from its massive monetary stimulus. While it will continue to buy government bonds at the current pace of roughly 6 trillion yen ($38 billion) per month, the central bank decided … Read more

Should Joe Biden downplay his own success?

Should Joe Biden downplay his own success?

The performance of America’s economy over the past two years has been remarkable, especially given the dire predictions of many observers. Remember the economists who forecast a recession in 2023? Remember all those warnings that getting inflation down would require years of high unemployment? Instead, our economic growth has been the envy of other wealthy … Read more

US equity funds hit by outflows on rising yields, rates uncertainty

US equity funds hit by outflows on rising yields, rates uncertainty

U.S. equity funds saw outflows for the first time four weeks in the seven days ended May 29, hit by rising bond yields and uncertainty over the timing and extent of Federal Reserve interest rate cuts. According to LSEG Lipper data, net outflows from U.S. equity funds totalled $7.6 billion. This came as the yield … Read more

US stocks fall after Fed minutes; Nvidia shares climb after the bell

US stocks fall after Fed minutes; Nvidia shares climb after the bell

U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as investors digested minutes of the Federal Reserve‘s most recent meeting but Nvidia‘s shares rose about 6% after the close on the semiconductor bellwether’s stronger-than-expected revenue forecast. The news also drove gains in other chipmakers. Investors had focused on whether Nvidia‘s first-quarter results could meet sky-high expectations and whether the … Read more

MF Query: 50 years & planning retirement? 1.1 lakh monthly SIP can grow to Rs 3 cr in 11 years

MF Query: 50 years & planning retirement? 1.1 lakh monthly SIP can grow to Rs 3 cr in 11 years

In the realm of investment planning, longevity is a virtue. The journey to financial security once you are near retirement often requires a careful balance of strategy, foresight, and adaptability. In a quest for clarity amidst the retirement planning maze, Gururaj, a 50-year-old investor brimming with aspirations, seeks to grow the portfolio so that he … Read more

Crude oil prices near 2-month lows. What’s next?

Crude oil prices near 2-month lows. What’s next?

Oil prices dropped to a near two-month low on receding tensions in the Middle East, a complex interplay of escalating supply levels, demand worries, and challenging economic indicators. The global benchmark, US WTI crude currently clinging below $80 a barrel, has lost more than 10% from a near two-year high tested last month. A similar … Read more

Wall St Week Ahead-Earnings bolster US stocks but crucial inflation report looms

Wall St Week Ahead-Earnings bolster US stocks but crucial inflation report looms

A strong earnings season and blockbuster reports from tech industry titans fueled a U.S. stock market rebound from the first real swoon of 2024. Next week’s inflation data could determine whether the good vibes continue. The benchmark S&P 500 index is up over 9% for the year, up near its late-March record high, following a … Read more

Wall St Week Ahead-US small caps struggle as elevated interest rates take a toll

Wall St Week Ahead-US small caps struggle as elevated interest rates take a toll

The prospect of interest rates remaining elevated as the Federal Reserve battles inflation is further clouding the outlook for shares of smaller U.S. companies, which have lagged broader markets this year. Small cap stocks surged at the end of 2023, as expectations grew that the Fed was done raising interest rates and would soon begin … Read more

Fed cites lack of progress on inflation, holds rates steady

Fed cites lack of progress on inflation, holds rates steady

Washington: The Federal Reserve signaled fresh concerns about inflation as it reaffirmed it needs more evidence that price gains are cooling before cutting interest rates from a two-decade high. Officials unanimously decided to leave the target range for the benchmark federal funds rate at 5.25% to 5.5% – where it’s been since July – following … Read more

Monetary policy expectations impact stocks more than rate moves: RBI paper

Monetary policy expectations impact stocks more than rate moves: RBI paper

Equity markets are impacted more by the expectations of future monetary policy than the policy rate surprises on the day of announcement of the policy by the Reserve Bank, said an analysis. According to a working paper prepared by RBI officials, the regulatory and development measures which are announced along with the monetary policy too … Read more