The Fed keeps rates, markets celebrate

Of course, the material facts between the two Fed meetings were markedly different. The Fed, as expected, left interest rates unchanged this time, compared with a 75-basis-point hike last year. But the circumstances surrounding the Fed’s decision are different too. Recession fears gripped investors last year. Today, the Fed’s upgrading its assessment of the U.S. … Read more

Bank of England set to keep rates at 15-year high despite slowdown signs

in the economy that some see as a sign of a recession starting, the BoE is expected to keep Bank Rate at 5.25% for a second meeting in a row after 14 back-to-back increases, a Reuters poll of economists showed last week.The BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee is facing an inflation rate more than double that … Read more

The Fed holds interest rates steady for second time

Economists and financial markets had expected the pause in the Fed’s aggressive rate-hiking campaign, after several Fed officials signaled they anticipate a further slowing of the US economy as it continues to absorb the effects of higher borrowing costs. The Fed’s post-meeting statement noted that “economic activity expanded at a strong pace in the third … Read more

Mega-cap firm valuations fall amid rising rates, tech earnings concerns

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outside a Google office near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Paresh Dave/File Photo(Reuters) – Most global mega-cap stocks continued their slide in October, hit by the rise in U.S. interest rates and lacklustre third-quarter earnings growth among some top U.S. tech … Read more

Federal Reserve expected to leave interest rates unchanged despite stubborn inflation

hiringposing a quandary for the Federal Reserve as it readies to make a decision on Wednesday about whether to impose another rate hike. Inflation stands well below its peak last year of over 9%, but progress has stalled in recent months and price growth remains more than a percentage point higher than the central bank’s … Read more

Asian shares track Wall Street gains ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm Wednesday, Nov.1, 2023 in Tokyo. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after Wall Street advanced to claim back some of the ground it gave up in another losing month. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)People walk past an electronic stock board showing … Read more

Mortgage rates surge to 8% amid record low supply of homes for sale

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Climate change is driving insurance rates up, forcing developers to add weather-proofing

Climate change has elevated the risk of natural disaster losses, sending real estate insurance premiums soaring. Properties with climate-resilient features that protect from hurricanes, flooding, fires and wind have been able to to secure cheaper insurance premiums and reduce long-term costs by lowering their risk of property damage. Those renovations reduced The Eddy’s estimated flood … Read more

Bank of Japan increases flexibility on yield curve control, keeps rates unchanged

Japan’s central bank is allowing more flexibility in its yield curve control policy, shifting the language used to describe the upper bound of the 10-year Japanese government bond yield. In its release, the Bank of Japan said the target level of the 10-year JGB yield will be held at 0%, but will take the upper … Read more