Weekend Money Markets Roundup February 10, 2024

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Taylor Swift in blue dress at the premier of her concert film

Taylor Swift’s concert film Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour will stream exclusively on Disney+ starting March 15.
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Disney stock jumped more than 10% during morning trading on Thursday (Feb. 8) as investors welcomed announcements from the media conglomerate about new partnerships with Taylor Swift and Fortnite maker Epic Games. The announcements followed a strong first quarter earnings report from the company. – Bruce Gil Read More

A close-up of Elon Musk's face.

24 billion reasons to frown.
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The Wall Street Journal has yet another story this morning about Elon Musk’s drug use —“ketamine recreationally through a nasal spray bottle,” “ecstasy from a water bottle,” among other substances and delivery methods — this time concerning how he does them with board members of his various companies, some of whom have amassed very valuable stock options in their time there. (Musk didn’t comment to the Journal for its story.) Some of them are worried that Musk is going to tank the value of those companies, but they’re scared to speak up because they don’t want to get on his bad side. – Melvin Backman Read More

A white-shirted waiter's hand holds up a tray of pink cocktails on a silver tray.

Hold it on the raise requests, y’all.
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A lot of people want the Fed to lower interest rates right now after a year and a half of keeping them at a two decade-plus high. The Fed, which is looking at an economy firmly intact, doesn’t feel like it, and Wall Street bettors are realizing they’ll have to wait awhile. The reason? Inflation has calmed down since the early days of the pandemic, but it’s still not where the Fed wants things. The explanation that Fed governor Adriana D. Kugler zeroed in on during a speech Wednesday (Feb. 7) is… service worker wages. – Melvin Backman Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell holds a press conference following the release of the Fed’s interest rate policy decision at the Federal Reserve in Washington, U.S., January 31, 2024.
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Young customer holds ice cream purchased at a KFC in Beijing

Young customer holds ice cream purchased at a KFC in Beijing
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A Maersk ship loaded with containers in the Suez Canal.

A Maersk ship hanging out in the Suez Canal when that was still a thing.
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Tight end Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling during warmups before playing the Baltimore Ravens in January.

Tight end Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling during warmups before playing the Baltimore Ravens in January.
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As we approach Super Bowl Sunday, more Americans may be dreaming of making the leap into pro-athlete roles like those of Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. While pro sports aren’t for the faint of heart, athlete-hopefuls may have an easier time finding a job over the next decade than the average American. – Laura Bratton Read More


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Back in January the US government said that exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, could start investing in bitcoin. Someone got so excited they hacked the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s website to break the news just a little bit earlier. Though a bunch of people — mainly the ever-woeful Grayscale trust — got out of their holdings after the rules of the market changed, a different bunch of people (or maybe even the same people seeking a better deal on fees) moved their money over to one of the nine other bitcoin ETFs that sprung up last month. – Melvin Backman Read More

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car dealership

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Despite consumer prices having eased in 2023, car loan and credit card delinquencies have been on the rise — continuing above pre-pandemic levels.

That comes from a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data released Tuesday (Feb. 6). The findings: even with inflation having come down, Americans are still feeling a wallet squeeze. The rise in delinquencies “signals increased financial stress, especially among younger and lower-income households,” Wilbert van der Klaauw, economic research advisor at the New York Fed, said in a press release. When it comes to car loans specifically, researcher said high interest rates may have played a role in making it harder for people to keep up with monthly payments. – Bruce Gil Read More