ARMs are making a comeback—are they too risky for hopeful homebuyers?

ARMs are making a comeback—are they too risky for hopeful homebuyers?

Adjustable-rate mortgages suffered a tarnished reputation after the 2008 financial crisis. They faded away and lurked on the fringes of the mortgage market for years. But as home buyers grapple today with skyrocketing prices and interest rates, ARMs are making a comeback. And that’s totally not a bad thing. ARMs are appealing because they start … Read more

With prices skirting a 17-month low, Dr Copper’s prognosis about the global economy is downbeat

With prices skirting a 17-month low, Dr Copper’s prognosis about the global economy is downbeat

Dr Copper has graded the global economy, and noted: “must do better.” The red metal is wryly considered by commodity watchers to hold a Ph.D in economics, because its use in a range of sectors, including home appliances, power generation and cars, helps it predict the trajectory of global growth. So, copper’s price initial drop … Read more

Opinion: The Federal Reserve can’t even get the direction of the economy right

Opinion: The Federal Reserve can’t even get the direction of the economy right

A year ago, the Federal Reserve turned a blind eye to the gathering storm of inflation. Now the Fed is missing another big problem: A rapidly slowing economy. In an effort to appear strong on inflation, the central bank can’t recognize that the economy is already downshifting to a slower growth rate. If it doesn’t … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg issues dire economic warning to Meta employees

Mark Zuckerberg issues dire economic warning to Meta employees

Mark Zuckerberg has issued a chilling message to Meta Platforms Inc. Employees: The company faces one of the “worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history” that will necessitate a scaling back in hires and resources. The dire economic warning was delivered during an internal videoconference meeting on Thursday for Meta’s META, -0.76% 77,800 workers, … Read more

Michael Burry of ‘The Big Short’ fame thinks the market selloff may be ‘halfway there’

Michael Burry of ‘The Big Short’ fame thinks the market selloff may be ‘halfway there’

Blink and you’ll miss market-missive tweets doled out sparingly from Michael Burry, the investor who rose to fame after correctly predicting the collapse of the US market. In his latest now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t tweet, the founder of Scion Asset Management appeared to be flagging that markets may be halfway through the recent selloff, following a bleak first … Read more

Companies Raise Less Capital as Markets Drop, Interest Rates Rise

Companies Raise Less Capital as Markets Drop, Interest Rates Rise

Battling high inflation, interest rates and economic uncertainty, raised companies less capital in the markets during the first half of the year compared with the first six months of 2021, when inflation wasn’t as high and many businesses tapped cheap funding to replace higher -priced debt. The Federal Reserve, looking to curb persistent inflation, this … Read more

Recession fears are slamming the stock market. This GDP tracker explains why.

Recession fears are slamming the stock market.  This GDP tracker explains why.

Fears of a sharp slowdown are getting the blame for the stock market’s renewed slide while also driving a retreat in Treasury yields. A look at a regional Fed bank’s closely followed economic-growth indicator may justify investor jitters, said a top Wall Street researcher. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s GDPNow model on Friday forecast … Read more

Central Bankers Talk Tough on Interest Rates. That Could Change if Markets and Economies Don’t Perk Up.

Central Bankers Talk Tough on Interest Rates.  That Could Change if Markets and Economies Don’t Perk Up.

Text size European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde doubts that “we are going back to that environment of low inflation” that existed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ronald Wittek/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke contends that monetary policy is 98% talk. Central bankers are supposed to communicate goals they want the public and markets … Read more

Why China’s Quarantine Easing Won’t Help the Economy

Why China’s Quarantine Easing Won’t Help the Economy

Text size China has reduced the quarantine time for inbound travelers. Here: passengers wait to be taken to quarantine-designated destinations from the Beijing International Airport. Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images The news this week that China has halved its quarantine time for inbound travelers sent local stocks soaring even higher amid their rally and caused a spike … Read more

Stock Futures Suggest More Losses as Markets Wrap Worst First Half Since 1970

Stock Futures Suggest More Losses as Markets Wrap Worst First Half Since 1970

Text size As they begin July, traders are still stuck in a bear market. NYSE After a bruising first half for investors, the start of July isn’t promising any big breaks. US stock futures were down in after-hours trading after the major indexes closed lower on Thursday, capping the S&P 500’s worst first half in … Read more