Why the Fed Should Raise Rates Slowly

Posted by Mark Pettinga

The Fed’s decision to stay put shouldn’t have been a surprise. A rate hike is usually aimed at preventing an economy from overheating, and there’s no sign of that—not even close. Housing activity has been disappointing, wholesale inflation is weak, retail sales are declining, and … Read More »


Barron’s Survey: Strategists Say Beware the Bear

Posted by Mark Pettinga

For the first time in years, there’s dissension in the ranks of the Barron’s strategists.

Their consensus outlook for U.S. stocks in the remainder of 2016 is mixed and even tinged with a bearish hue. That represents a downgrade from the cautious optimism seen last … Read More »