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European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi gave further support to the markets Thursday when he said that he was prepared to move forward with his previously announced plan to buy the bonds of fiscally challenged euro-zone countries such as Spain that otherwise would need to pay increasingly high interest rates on the open market. The implications are huge for investors, since the run up in equity markets in recent months has been spurred by central banks cutting interest rates and pursuing other monetary-policy easing measures. Without the intervention of central banks, the markets are vulnerable to a fall due to economic slowdowns in countries around the world.
A much-anticipated decision by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to launch a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) today buoyed the markets but leaves unclear what other potential catalysts may exist to keep equities rising. The Fed’s announcement that it will buy additional mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion a month indefinitely should help […]
Weakness with giant technology company Apple Inc. (AAPL) today helped to pull the Dow Jones Industrial Average down this afternoon from a morning rise to finish trading at 13203.58. That dip kept the Dow from hitting its highest closing in the past five years. Earlier today, investors were speculating that the Dow Jones might close […]
Concern about the mounting European debt crisis spurred selling this morning and caused the U.S. stock market to finish down slightly for the day. The Dow Jones Industrials, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ all regained some ground later today, as Apple Inc. (AAPL) jumped more than 2% to become the world’s most valuable stock ever. […]
This week has provided investors with several important developments in Germany that are worth pointing out to show the seriousness of weak economic conditions in Europe. Germany, with the strongest economy in Europe, issued new bonds Monday, Aug. 13, that are proving to be the ultimate safe-haven investment as buyers accept negative interest rates. The […]
[youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQdIDRFW2OI”] In a recent interview with Face the Nation, Senator Tom Coburn was asked about his comments to Eagle Daily Investor.