Amid heightened uncertainty about the global economy, all three U.S. indexes are in a bear market as the third quarter comes to a close.
Customarily, the Fed and other central banks do as much as they can to keep markets calm. This time they're the reason behind the volatility.
The Federal Reserve is cracking down hard on inflation, in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the 1970s, when price hikes were so sustained, they got baked in to people's thinking.
The U.S. dollar is the strongest it has been in 20 years. As it strengthens, other currencies — like the pound — weaken. That's good news for U.S. consumers and importers but bad news for others.
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another 0.75 percentage points today, as it tries to control runaway prices. The central bank also signaled that additional rate hikes are likely.
Inflation eased slightly in August thanks to falling gasoline prices, but the cost of many essentials continues to climb, including soaring power bills that are straining family budgets.
The Fed's chair comments signal the central bank is determined to continue raising interest rates to bring down inflation.
Falling gasoline prices put a dent in the July inflation rate, which fell to 8.5% from 9.1% in June. But other costs such as housing continue to climb, putting a strain on many family budgets.
The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate by another three-quarters of a percentage point amid fears of a looming recession.
Inflation is sky high. The Federal Reserve wants to bring it back to earth without crashing the economy. But achieving a so-called "soft landing" and avoiding a recession is easier said than done.
The dollar has continued to strengthen against the euro, and for the first time in decades, the two currencies are worth about the same.
Forecasters say inflation likely hit a new, four-decade high last month, fueled in part by record high gasoline prices. Gas prices have since fallen, but overall inflation is still elevated.
U.S. employers added 372,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%. Despite slightly slower job growth, the labor market remains an economic bright spot.
All that whipsawing on Wall Street in the first half of the year reflects real nervousness. Investors are worried the Fed may tip the economy into a recession.
Tesla, JPMorgan, Netflix, Redfin and Coinbase are among companies that are cutting jobs. While layoffs are contained to the hottest parts of the economy, there's fear they could spread elsewhere.