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Full Preview Of Janet Yellen’s Last Ever Rate Hike

In previewing today's FOMC decision, which will also be Janet Yellen's last rate hike decision and press conference before she is replaced by Jay Powell, there is a TL/DR version, which is summarized by the chart below and which shows that according to the market, the probability of a rate hike today is 100%… which […]


The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Being An Idiot

Authored by MN Gordon via EconomicPrism.com, There are many things that could be said about the GOP tax bill.  But one thing is certain.  It has been a great show. Obviously, the time for real solutions to the debt problem that’s ailing the United States came and went many decades ago.  Instead of addressing the […]


John McCain Holds The Keys To Tax Reform’s Fate

Anybody who was watching the July Senate floor vote on the Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare will remember the audible gasps that John McCain elicited when he surprised his own party by voting against the plan. And now just four months later, he's gearing up to do it again. According to the New […]


Watch Live: Senate Banking Committee ‘Grills’ Trump’s Fed Chair Nominee Jerome Powell

Just two weeks after President Donald Trump announced that Fed Governor Jerome “Jay” Powell would be his pick to succeed Janet Yellen as chairman of the Federal Reserve, he is appearing today before the Senate Banking committee in a confirmation hearing that’s viewed as a virtual certainty. The hearing begins at 10 am ET. Watch […]


Fed Chair Nominee Powell’s Prepared Remarks: “Will Respond With Force To Threats To Nation’s Stability”

Jerome Powell, President Trump’s nominee to head the Fed, has released the text of remarks he’ll deliver Tuesday in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee. Powell said he expected the central bank to continue raising its benchmark interest rate and trimming its balance sheet under his leadership, but had some pointed comments over […]


Bank Stocks, Dollar Slide Hit By Fresh Tax Reform Doubts

U.S. equity futures are little changed as European and Asian shares retreated, led by sliding bank stocks and a drop in the dollar as doubts over republican tax cuts and ongoing bond curve flattening hurt sentiment and prompted fresh questions over the viability of the US expansion. Investor concerns also returned to geopolitics as Trump […]


Wells Fargo Shares Dip As Bank Fires 4 FX Traders Following Investigations

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan received the patented Elizabeth Warren treatment during testimony before the Senate Banking Committee last month when the Massachusetts Senator accused him of sharing in the blame for the bank’s fraudulent sales practices and opined that he ‘should be fired’, echoing comments she made about his predecessor, John Stumpf, a year […]


Watch Live: Yellen Explains “The Mystery Of Inflation’s Shortfall This Year”

On the heels of Bostic ("we didn't blow any bubbles") Brainard ("some barriers to growth are structural") this morning and Kashkari ("no inflation"), Evans ("need more data"), and Dudley ("inflation's coming soon") yesterday; it is Fed Chair Janet Yellen's turn to speak this afternoon on "Inflation, Uncertainty and Monetary Policy" as the dollar extends its […]


Watch Live: Hawkish Yellen Says Fed May Have Misjudged Inflation, Labor Market

Update: In her prepared remarks, Yellen crucially said, “A more important issue from a policy standpoint is that some key assumptions underlying the baseline outlook could be wrong in ways that imply that inflation will remain low for longer than currently projected.” As Bloomberg explains, she is stating a bit more clearly than before that […]


Justice Department Begins Criminal Probe Into Equifax Executive Stock Sales

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax violated insider trading laws when they sold stock before the company disclosed that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the investigation. Equifax disclosed earlier this month that it discovered a security breach on July 29. The three executives sold […]


“Humbled” Equifax CEO Explains Why Company Hesitated To Disclose Massive Data Breach

Two days after the company revealed that hackers had stolen the sensitive information of more than 143 million customers, prompting a deluge of lawsuits from outraged consumers alleging everything from negligence to outright fraud, the credit-security company’s CEO Richard Smith has chosen the op-ed pages of USA Today – America’s largest circulation newspaper – as […]


“Somebody Goes To Jail” – Senator Says Equifax Execs Should Face Criminal Investigation

Little more than a day after Equifax disclosed that hackers had infiltrated its cybersecurity systems and “compromised” the personal data of 143 million Americans, the company was hit with its first class-action lawsuit, which alleged that the company could’ve prevented the breach if hadn’t instead opted for negligent cost-cutting. That suit, seeking $70 billion, was […]