Nearly Impossible for Folks to Buy a Home

Nearly Impossible for Folks to Buy a Home

January 15, 2024 Higher interest rates have essentially stalled out the U.S. housing market. It could greatly damage the economy. Even after falling from a multi-decade high of 8.5% in October, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate remains greater than 7.0%. And...
Masking Some Deeper Economic Challenges

Masking Some Deeper Economic Challenges

January 08, 2024 While the outlook was doom and gloom for most of last year, stocks did great. The S&P 500 was up almost 25.0% in 2023. The popular “60/40 portfolio,” which consists of 60.0% stocks and 40.0% bonds, had a terrible year in 2022, losing 15.8%...
Stretched Well Beyond Their Means

Stretched Well Beyond Their Means

December 26, 2023 Everyone from the government to everyday Americans seem to be spending like there’s no tomorrow. It’s led to annualized gross domestic product growth of 4.9% for the third quarter. There’s a problem though: the finances to back up the spending aren’t...
A Credit Market Freeze

A Credit Market Freeze

December 18, 2023 It’s a bad time to need money. Case in point: for the second year in a row, high-yield bond issuances are falling. In 2022, issuances fell by more than $280 billion, or 12% of the total market size. This year they’re set for another 10%...
The Corporate Borrowing Window is Closing

The Corporate Borrowing Window is Closing

December 11, 2023 The Federal Reserve isn’t trying to ruin the economy with its efforts. Still, it’s not willing to ease up on interest rates just yet. Fed chair Jerome Powell is more focused on the labor market than inflation at this point. He said he’s...
It’s Going to be an Ugly Quarter

It’s Going to be an Ugly Quarter

December 04, 2023 Although momentum seems to be in equities investors’ favor, the Federal Reserve isn’t budging on interest rates. Instead of easing credit availability, the central bank is holding strong at its tightest policy rate in quite a while. The Fed...