James Picerno

About the Author James Picerno

James Picerno is a financial journalist who has been writing about finance and investment theory for more than twenty years. He writes for trade magazines read by financial professionals and financial advisers. Over the years, he’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg Markets, Mutual Funds, Modern Maturity, Investment Advisor, Reuters, and his popular finance blog, The CapitalSpectator.

How Long Will Higher Inflation Expectations Inspire the Equity Bulls?

The US stock market continued to climb out of a hole yesterday. The S&P 500 closed at its highest level so far this …

US Jobless Claims (Still) Point To A Strong Labor Market

The outlook for fourth-quarter GDP growth is looking shaky at the moment, but the antidote for macro worries is still firmly entrenched in …

US Financial Stress Remains Low As 2015 Draws To A Close

Financial stress in the US has been low in recent weeks, according to four benchmarks published by Federal Reserve banks. The relative calm …

Chicago Fed: US Economic Growth Eased In November

US economic growth in November remained below the historical trend rate for the second month in a row, according to this morning’s update …

The Fed’s Rate Hike & Recession Risk

The Federal Reserve yesterday raised its target range for the Fed funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.25% to 0.

The Big Picture: Retail Sales Raise, But Annual Trend Continues To Slide

US retail sales rose 0.2% in November, the Census Bureau reports.

The Fed Appears to be Laying the Groundwork for a Hike

The 30-day moving average of the Effective Fed Funds rate is inching higher for the first time since early September. The revival of …

Will the Incoming Economic Data Ahead of Next Month’s Fomc Meeting Fall in Line with a Revival of Hawkish Policy Decisions?

Fed Chair Janet Yellen yesterday reaffirmed the case for keeping interest rates near zero percent and raising rates slowly in the future. But …

Economic Risk: France’s War on Terror May Overextend its Resources

With France in open war with the Islamic State after the November 13th attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead, its commitments …

Chicago Fed: US Growth Remained Sluggish In October

US economic growth continued to weaken in October, according to this morning’s update of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index’s three-month moving average (CFNAI-MA3). …

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