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How do rising interest rates in the U.S. affect the stock markets?
How do rising interest rates in the U.S. affect the stock markets? The U.S. Central Bank (the Fed) concluded its first meeting of 2023, last Wednesday afternoon by announcing a quarter-point rate hike. Aligning with market expectations, the rate-setting Federal Open...
How to Invest in Stocks
Basic Principles When making an investment plan, we expect our savings to deliver a satisfactory yield without losing their purchasing power. Stock investment is no different. We must ensure a positive real return above inflation when we choose to buy a stock. An...
The Fed’s sharpest interest rate hike in almost 30 years
The Fed’s sharpest interest rate hike in almost 30 years The U.S Federal Reserve policymakers approved the sharpest interest rate hike since 1994 and lifted the federal funds rate by 0.75 bps during the June 2022 meeting on Wednesday. The hike has taken the benchmark...
Financial Independence: Take that step now
Being financially independent sounds great, however many people have not yet figured out how to attain it. In simple terms, financial independence is about reaching a point where you can live your life the way you want to without having to work or to be dependent on...
Global Food Prices at All-Time-Highs
Global food prices have surged to unprecedented highs in March 2022 according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food price index reached 159.3 points, climbing 13 % higher m/m and 60% higher compared to the 2014-2016 base period. The global...
As famously said Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon
To curtail the current high levels of inflation, the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) raised its short-term interest rate on 16 March 2022 for the first time since 2018. The Fed also indicated an aggressive path with rate increases coming at the next six meetings and...
The Fed’s Big Challenge: Cooling Red-hot Inflation
Inflation in the United States is running far above the Fed’s long-term target rate (2%). The price pressures remain high at all levels of the economy: On the demand side, the annual inflation, as typically measured by the consumer price index, accelerated to 7.5% y/y...
A Global Headache: Inflationary Pressures
The inflation shock has surged worldwide in recent months, as annual inflation rates across advanced economies reached their highest levels for years or even decades. The United States stands out among the major advanced economies with a larger increase in consumer...
The Road to Recovery Is Never a Straight Line
2021 has been one of the years to remember for all of us- as well as for investors. Markets outperformed differently in 2021 compared to 2020. The stock market reached new highs, investors benefited from strong returns in global equities and the United States marked one of the strongest economic growth in recent years.
Holiday Shoppers Started Early
As the calendar quickly moves towards the year-end, the outlook for this year is like no other. Supply-chain bottlenecks, high demand, rising inflation, labor availability, and consumer sentiment have been making the headlines for months, with many wondering what the...
The Surge in Energy Prices: A Temporary or Permanent Shift?
More than any type of commodity, energy has the biggest impact on our daily lives, from switching the lights on in the mornings to driving home in the evenings, from heating or cooling our homes, running factories, schools and hospitals to many industrial operations....
Gauging inflation in USA
CPI and PCE: Two Indicators of Inflation in the U.S. Inflation can be defined as a persistent increase in the overall level of prices of goods and services that households typically purchase. When the prices rise over time the cost of living becomes more expensive....
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