Bank of America plans to launch a new premium rewards credit card next month. The bank is entering a crowded field of similar products from American Express and Chase, whose Sapphire Reserve card made headlines for its initial 100,000-point sign-up bonus and $450 annual fee. As a result, banks are changing the way they try […]
The French bank BNP Paribas was a key figure in the crisis.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 22,000 for the first time today, thanks in part to strong corporate profits. But while all eyes are on the Dow, less attention is being paid to another measure of the U.S. economy: the strength of the dollar. The greenback has dropped 10 percent since January. Why? And what […]
First, there was a scandal over millions of fake Wells Fargo accounts that broke last year. Then, accusations of changes to mortgages without notifying customers. Now, Wells Fargo faces a class-action lawsuit over selling car insurance policies to hundreds of thousands of customers who did not need it from 2012 to 2017. All this could […]
Alan Greenspan is warning in an interview with Bloomberg that we are in a bubble, a bond market bubble. The former Fed Chairman is concerned that inflation might surprise us and bond prices might fall sharply at some point in the near future. Here’s why that would be a disruptive thing. Click the audio player […]
Britain’s main financial regulator said today that a key benchmark interest rate will be phased out by the end of 2021. LIBOR, the London Interbank Offered Rate, was badly damaged a few years ago in a multibillion dollar rate-rigging scandal. The Brits hope a new benchmark, called SONIA — the Sterling Over Night Index Average — will take […]
Stocks have posted steady gains, which means traders betting against them aren’t happy.
We’re in the middle of another theme week at the White House. This time it’s “Made in America Week.” President Trump is expected to issue a declaration tomorrow highlighting the importance of American manufacturing. He’s promised to help U.S. companies by lowering corporate taxes from their current 35 percent to 15 percent. But will reduced […]
A look at why the Department of Justice pursues settlements instead of indictments.
Many investors focus on the stock market. But the bond market’s been doing some interesting things lately, things that are getting investors’ and economists’ attention. Since the beginning of this year, there’s been a decided flattening of the yield curve on Treasuries — the difference between the interest rates on short-term bonds and those that […]