Broader US market averages fell on Friday, with the S&P 500 down nearly 3% in the past week. Consumer Staples led the way lower, while the Energy sector was a beacon. Traders sought to uncover stock, bond and commodity prices as news of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine met hopesRead More →

It has been two weeks since the world woke up to the terrible news of a Russian attack on Ukraine. Notwithstanding the incalculable costs in terms of human lives, as well as human capital and physical infrastructure, we have witnessed much turbulence in the financial markets. So what has happenedRead More →

Since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, global capital markets had experienced the initial plunge on February 24, then stabilized and rebounded on the second trading day of February 25. The three major U.S. stock indexes closed collectively, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq up 2.51%,Read More →

Investors were already nervous about interest rate hikes before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent markets spiraling. Wall Street ended sharply higher on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled that the central bank would likely raise interest rates less than some investors feared. Powell’s comments, in testimony before theRead More →

Politicians around the world would be happier if persistent inflation could be brought under control without triggering a recession or market shocks. Unfortunately, in the real world, it rarely works that way. With elections looming in the United States and France, and with leadership challenges elsewhere, threading the needle ofRead More →

Traders are pricing in simmering geopolitical tensions over Ukraine and the US Federal Reserve’s policy decision. Through Rita NazareBloomberg Posted on February 14, 2022February 14, 2022 Stocks faced another session of wild swings as traders assessed the latest geopolitical developments amid concerns over a Federal Reserve policy error. After aRead More →

A phone conversation Saturday between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin did nothing to ease the tension over a massive Russian military buildup around Ukraine, a senior administration official told reporters. The standoff prepared investors for further volatility this week, with stocks already struggling amid inflation concerns and signalsRead More →

IT was long overdue — the earthquake in financial markets, and now it’s here. The fact that interest rates are entering the rising cycle is not a surprise, even if, however prepared investors are for the financial earthquake, it is more than difficult to predict in advance the extent andRead More →

Veteran hedge fund manager Ray Dalio says financial markets are entering a new era as crypto assets may become more vulnerable to government regulations. In a new interview on The David Rubenstein Show, the billionaire says the days of “cheap money” are ending as the Federal Reserve loses the abilityRead More →

European stock markets fell on Friday as the end of a highly volatile trading week around the world neared, with investors weighing expectations of an economic recovery against soaring inflation, rising interest rates interest and with mixed benefits. Meanwhile, Wall Street opened higher on signs that inflation may ease, whileRead More →

Historical crises are consummate teachers, and this is especially true in the financial sector, where failures are too often duplicated with often devastating consequences. international banker has compiled a series of articles focusing on many of the most impactful financial calamities, frauds and scandals of the 20and and 21st centuries,Read More →

We learned this month that the US Federal Reserve decided not to raise the countercyclical capital buffer required of banks above its current level of zero, even as the US economy is at a cyclical peak. It also removed “qualitative” ratings from its stress tests for US banks, but notRead More →

Until the eve of the crisis of 1929, the worst that America had ever known, everything was rosy. Cars and construction flourished in the 1920s, and strong jobs in both industries helped raise wages and consumption. Ford was making 9,000 of its Model T cars a day, and spending onRead More →