Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 from 7.9 Percent: Is QE Over?

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 from 7.9 Percent: Is QE Over? Unemployment rate drops to the lowest level in 4 years. Yesterday the unemployment report showed the U.S. economy is gaining strength.  The U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department report released Friday.  The January data was revised down from[…]

Faucet-Pouring-Dollar Signs

Fed Announces More Bond Buying At December 2012 Meeting, Ties Rates To 6.5 Unemployment Level But Rally Fades

Fed Announces More Bond Buying At December 2012 Meeting But Rally Fades: One day after the Federal Open Market Committee announced it would be buying more bonds (QE4?), the stock market rally that began with a jump in the markets on the day of the announcement faded.  After Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke[…]

up or down arrow

September 2012 Rally Turns Rangebound As Traders Look For New Opportunities and The Possibility Of QE4?

September 2012 Rally Turns Rangebound As Traders Look For New Opportunities and The Possibility Of QE4? Stocks fell slightly today on no major news as traders look for new support levels after the Fed promised to inject more stimulus into the U.S  economy.  The S&P 500 traded in a tight range today as traders look[…]

stock market buy hold sell

Fed QE3 Helps Extend September 2012 Rally, 8 Things To Look For Next

Fed QE3 Helps Extend September 2012 Rally, 7 Things To Look For Next: Ben Bernanke last week announced a new QE3 program which helped keep the September 2012 rally alive.  Short sellers are jumping right back to their traditional talking points stressing the lift in stocks won’t continue.  Do they have it right? The Fed[…]

ben bernanke

Fed Implements QE3, Ben Bernanke “Gets To Work”: Is The “Romney Rally” Over?

Fed Implements QE3, Ben Bernanke “Gets To Work”: Is The “Romney Rally” Over? The Federal Reserve Bank has ended the debate over QE3.  It’s here.  Ben Bernanke has given the markets what they wanted.  The Fed will be buying up to $40 billion in bonds each month.  This is good news for equities and it[…]

dollars and euros

U.S. Equities Take A Pause Before September 2012 FOMC Meeting, Germany EFSF Decision

U.S. Equities Take A Pause Before September 2012 FOMC Meeting, Germany EFSF Decision: U.S. stocks took a pause today as traders look forward to more easing from the Fed Reserve Bank this week.  The FOMC meets later this week and traders are anticipating a new round of quantitative easing but stocks fell in anticipation investors[…]

100 dollar-bill-printed-QE3

Investors Await September 2012 FOMC Meeting and European Reactions To Draghi Bond-Buying Announcement

  Investors Await September 2012 FOMC Meeting and European Reactions To Draghi Bond-Buying Announcement: Investors are anxious to get news from the Fed Reserve Bank on whether they will move forward with another round of easing. After another lackluster month of employment in August 2012, the FOMC has enough ammunition to pull the trigger and[…]

ben bernanke

Ben Bernanke Doesn’t Deliver On QE3 At Jackson Hole 2012 But Market Holds Steady

Ben Bernanke Doesn’t Deliver On QE3 At Jackson Hole 2012 But Market Holds Steady: Traders weren’t wrong today when they bet on Ben Bernanke not delivering on QE3.  At the FOMC meeting at Jackson Hole 2012, Ben Bernanke once again hinted that more easing was possible but made no specific mention of when QE3 would[…]

the federal reserve bank beige book

Fed’s August 2012 Beige Book Say’s Unemployment “Holding Steady or Growing Only Slightly” – No Easing Is Bad Signaling

Fed’s August 2012 Beige Book Say’s Unemployment “Holding Steady or Growing Only Slightly” – No Easing Is Bad Signaling: The Fed’s Beige Book for the month of August 2012 was unusually weak.  Although some of the data showed strength compared to the prior Beige Book, most of the trends haven’t changed and the all-important jobs[…]

unemployment line

The June 2012 Unemployment Report Is The Most Important Data Point That Could Lead To QE3

The June 2012 Unemployment Report Is The Most Important Data Point That Could Lead To QE3: Last time we told our readers to stay focused on an unemployment report, markets fell sharply after the news was announced.  Since then an extended ‘Operation Twist’ occurred which we predicted, China lowered interest rates for the first time[…]