An inverted yield curve and a sharp decline over the last year in the yield of the benchmark 5-year Treasury note are not signs of a healthy market.
Dividend stock investors should look to have at least some exposure to this sector.
President Donald Trump has escalated his trade war with China over allegedly unfair practices. But guess what else is escalating? American consumers' costs for goods imported from China.
The Federal Reserve releases minutes from a closed-door two-day meeting that monetary-policy officials held in Washington on April 30 and May 1. The discussion preceded their decision to hold official U.S. interest rates steady in their current range of 2.25% to 2.5%.
The U.S. unemployment rate is at 3.6%, its lowest since December 1969, but a scarcity of workers hasn't translated to a surge in consumer prices. But a top Federal Reserve official in Dallas suggests that the slow pace of increases might be due to rising competition from online businesses, not to mention the extra transparency on pricing.
Some traders have speculated that China might liquidate its $1.1 trillion of U.S. Treasury bonds as a way of striking back against President Donald Trump's tariffs on imports from the country. But such a scenario might hide the real urgency: The Chinese government might need the cash, according to the wealth manager deVere Group.
Mark Hulbert says the antidote to overconfidence is to periodically step back and assess the health of the economy.
Goldman Sachs doesn't make many acquisitions, but when it does buy a company, the founders often end up working at the Wall Street firm, as appears to be the case for Joe Duran, founder of United Capital.
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