Russia’s ruble is at strongest level in 7 years despite sanctions

Russian one ruble coin and Russian flag displayed on a screen are seen in this multiple exposure illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 8, 2022. Facebook Facebook logo Sign up for Facebook to connect with Jakub Porzycki Nurphoto | Getty Images Russia’s ruble hit 52.3 to the dollar on Wednesday, an increase of … Read more

Inflation and recession fears are squeezing some industries more than others

A woman pushes a shopping cart through the grocery aisle at Target in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 16, 2022, as Americans brace for summer sticker shock as inflation continues to grow. Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images People still appear willing to shell out to travel, go to the movies and have a drink … Read more

After another big weekly loss, assessing whether stocks are cheap and a buying opportunity is near

Stocks are emphatically on sale, but are they cheap? Markdowns are not always the same as bargains. Much depends on the original price and quality of the goods. And even with last week’s price drops on Wall Street, it’s tough to say yet that the market is broadly cheap. But value seems to be emerging … Read more

Global markets are tanking ahead of a huge week for central banks

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, June 1, 2022. Facebook Facebook logo Sign up for Facebook to connect with Brendan McDermid Reuters LONDON – Global stock markets are falling sharply after May’s US inflation print reignited fears that central banks will be forced into … Read more

Stocks retest the lows with investors facing an aggressive Fed, consumers in combustible mood

Lily Tomlin might have been talking about today’s stock market when she said, “No matter how cynical you become, it’s impossible to keep up.” Wall Street for months has been working to take a dimmer view of the future, brace for uncomfortably corrosive inflation and dampen its optimism on economy. Yet so far these efforts … Read more

What is the Indo-Pacific framework, who’s in it, why it matters

US President Joe Biden formally introduced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, this week during his first Asia tour, revealing Washington’s long-awaited Asia-Pacific economic strategy. It comes five years after the US unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed by 12 countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America. With the US … Read more

As inflation slows and ruble rallies, Russia is hoping to avoid a crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pool | Reuters Russia believes it has swerved a financial crisis as its currency rallies and economic data improves, but strategists say the numbers mask some ugly truths for Moscow. Although inflation in the country is running hot, there are signs that price rises are slowing and will continue to do … Read more

Why the UK economy is one of the most vulnerable right now

George Clerk | E+ | Getty Images There’s an economic idiosyncrasy in the UK that makes it “one of the most vulnerable countries in the world right now,” according to an investment strategist. Mike Harris, the founder of Cribstone Strategic Macro, argues that a major problem for Britain is that its mortgage market is “heavily … Read more

Your cash savings may get a higher return but only at certain banks

Guido Mieth | DigitalVision | Getty Images Banks are starting to pay a higher return on your cash – good news for savers who’ve seen their stockpiles languishing from a gruesome combination of low interest rates and high inflation. However, some banks are moving faster than others. Some, particularly traditional brick-and-mortar shops, may not budge … Read more

Here’s how you can prepare if there’s a 50 basis point Fed rate hike

Consumers are spending more to keep up with the surging cost of living, and it may get worse before it gets better. “Even though wage growth has been the best in decades, it’s been outpaced by increased household costs,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com. “With inflation at a 40-year high, that has … Read more