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Climate change fight is adding to global inflation scare

Industries from glass to steel to autos are being left with little choice but to change how they make products and ultimately what they sell. The technical hurdles and investment involved mean it’s going to cost much more.

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Fed sees two rate hikes by end of 2023

Federal Reserve officials signaled that the pace of the U.S. economic recovery is bringing forward their expectations on how quickly they will reduce policy support.

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Worry, but don’t worry too much about inflation

Inflation is the major focus of market watchers thanks to a host of unique and unfamiliar circumstances that include record government stimulus spending.

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Why it’s important to question the consensus

One consensus I’ve seen emerging is that reducing pandemic unemployment benefits will ease hiring challenges. It’s been hard to find nonpolitical counterpoints to this. But I did find one source that challenged this notion.

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How low interest rates may affect your clients

Low rates have been problematic for savers hoping to earn enough interest on cash reserves to combat inflation, but those yearning for higher yields may want to be careful what they wish for.

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Yellen says higher interest rates would be ‘plus’ for US, Fed

The Treasury Secretary said President Joe Biden should push forward with his $4 trillion spending plans even if they trigger inflation that persists into next year and higher interest rates.

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Congress’ inaction on Social Security could cost clients 2 months’ pay

The estimate of lost income, due to planning mistakes alone, is separate from actual cuts to benefits, according to a recent academic paper.

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If rates stay low, expect retirement security to take a hit

Some of the factors that have led to the current low-interest-rate environment could remain in play for years, according to an analysis of existing research recently published by the Society of Actuaries.

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Biden’s budget would raise annual spending to $6 billion

The budget will assume the increase in the top capital gains tax rate to 43.4% that Biden has proposed will be effective retroactive to late April.

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Fewer retirees are claiming Social Security at 62

But unemployment resulting from Covid could temporarily reverse that positive trend.

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Rising inflation? Keep calm and invest in equities

If price pressures are picking up, cash and fixed income will suffer, and stocks could offer investors the best return.

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Debt over age 50 is on the rise

The median level of debt for people over age 50 has tripled over the past 30 years, according to a recent analysis by the Government Accountability Office.

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Specter of 1960s inflation haunts U.S. economy today

The U.S. is seeing a supercharged federal budget combine with a lax monetary policy posture, just as in the 1960s, when the combination led to the start of a years-long climb in inflation.

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Market volatility focuses attention back on inflation risks

The historic government spending, combined with wage pressures, could be the catalyst for runaway inflation, according to experts. The S&P 500 Index, which is still up 9.5% from the start of the year, fell by nearly 4% early this week.

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Signs of inflation are roiling asset markets

The most-recent round of U.S. corporate earnings calls showed the word inflation was back in vogue, with its usage rising 800% from a year ago.

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How online trading is driving investors to human advisers

Self-directed investors are reaching thresholds that are starting to make professional financial advice more appealing.

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Turning the corner

Reflecting on the outlook from that first week of January, optimism was a triumph of hope over experience. But today’s reality shows us that a positive perspective on that day was not in fact misplaced.

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Advisers underwhelmed by Biden’s first 100 days

An unscientific poll of readers found 61% disapproving of Biden and 60% opposing his proposed tax increases. The survey was released on April 29, Biden’s 100th day in office.

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Warren Buffett sees ‘red hot’ economy with creeping inflation

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO attributed the faster-than-expected recovery to swift rescue measures by the Federal Reserve and the U.S. government.

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President Biden’s first 100 days: Poll

The president marked his first 100 days in office on April 29 and has already introduced plans for sweeping legislation. Tell us what you think.