Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Fed's $40 billion bond buys in question, Wal-Mart's worrisome 1% same-store sales growth, and more.
Morningstar's Bob Johnson gives his take on recent disappointing retail and housing data, as well as higher gasoline prices and Fed stimulus worries.
Although the Fed's remaining toolbox is constrained, investors can stack the deck in their favor with high-quality stock picks, says Morningstar's Bill Bergman.
Merk Funds' Axel Merk says the European Central Bank will spend and print less money than the Fed in the face of economic problems.
An assessment of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, and questions on what the Fed will do next.
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