Author Archives: Kathi Kwiatkowski

The graying of television

The Federal Open Market Committee doesn’t release its policy statement until tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t move markets today. Stocks opened slightly lower this morning, but after a report from The Wall Street Journal said that the FOMC … Continue reading

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Clearing up the cloud

Higher Treasury yields, a strong dollar, and next week’s Fed meeting kept investors at bay and sent the markets lower. The Dow fell 61 points, with 25 of its 30 components declining; the S&P 500 Index lost 11; and the … Continue reading

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Outlook for September: Too soon to get defensive?

New highs in the equity markets and continued strength in the Treasury markets have a lot of investors thinking it’s time to go on the defensive. Interest rates can only go higher, and valuations are stretched, right? Wrong. Interest rates … Continue reading

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Insurance policies for taste buds, mustaches, and naughty kids(?)

The markets initially reacted negatively to August’s disappointing jobs report but rebounded throughout the day, due to the fact that many believe the weaker-than-expected data could delay an interest rate hike by the Fed. The Dow gained 67 points, with … Continue reading

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Back to school shopping trends

Corporate deals helped send stocks higher today, with the S&P 500 Index crossing the 2,000-point threshold for the first time during intraday trading. The Dow gained 75 points, with 24 of its 30 components advancing; the S&P 500 Index added … Continue reading

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Why you shouldn’t tell yourself you’re not a math person

Stocks traded flat for most of the day, as investors sat on the sidelines prior to the release of the minutes from the July Federal Reserve meeting. The minutes didn’t contain much new insight for the markets to react negatively … Continue reading

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Move over Hollywood—the cool kids are on YouTube

Geopolitical tensions eased over the weekend, and without any major news to drive direction, the markets moved higher on recent positive earnings and economic news. The Dow gained 175 points, with 26 of its 30 components advancing; the S&P 500 … Continue reading

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Your genes say a lot about you, including who your friends are

Reports that Ukraine attacked a Russian military convoy today erased early gains in the markets and initially sent shares sharply lower. However, by the end of the day, the markets reversed those losses and closed mixed. The Dow fell 50 … Continue reading

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Sharks, tornadoes, and cheese

Friday morning saw the markets extend the downward momentum from Thursday’s 300-plus-point loss, and the Dow fell as much as 126 points. However, a positive jobs report and some positive earnings news helped stem some of those losses. The Dow … Continue reading

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Market Roundup for August: False dawns and dusks

Fed Chair Yellen pointed out in her semiannual report to Congress that the U.S. economy has encountered a number of false dawns—when a hoped-for acceleration in growth has failed to materialize—during this recovery. That’s one reason—maybe the main reason—she is … Continue reading

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