Fixed income investors are starting to position themselves for a pause in Federal Reserve rate hikes, perhaps as early as this week, as investors bet the current equity market turmoil, slowing growth signals and pressure from President Donald Trump could test the central bank's tightening resolve.
The Teacher Retirement System of Texas lost 0.6% during the third quarter on its $14 billion holdings of stocks from countries like China, Brazil, Russia and Turkey. Such declines helped to cap the fund's overall return to 2.2% -- well below the average for U.S. institutional investment plans.
U.S. retail sales grew by a much stronger-than-expected pace last month, the Commerce Department said Friday, with purchases fueled by falling gas prices and booming consumer sentiment amid a record Black Friday to Cyber Monday shopping period.
The evidence that inflation Is slowing Is mostly circumstantial.
The U.K. pound plunged past an 20-month low Monday after Prime Minister Theresa May moved to delay a key parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal that looked certain to be rejected by lawmakers, throwing both her government and the broader plans to leave the European Union in chaos.
Interest rates tell us a story.
This week is do-or-die for the market, as the bear and bulls continue their tug of war.
European government bond yields fell to multi-month lows Wednesday, following yesterday's moves in U.S. Treasuries that have ignited concerns over the prospect of recession in the world's largest economy, as investors continue to pull away from risk markets and test the Federal Reserve's resolve on future interest rate hikes.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May staggered into the final days of debate before a key parliamentary vote on her much-derided Brexit deal next week that could either cement the nation's exit from the European Union or trigger unprecedented chaos in British politics.
Global investors were rattled Tuesday by a move in U.S. bond markets that could signal slowing growth in the world's largest economy and taint the bullish sentiment provided by an apparent breakthrough in trade talks between Washington and Beijing.
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