As fall foliage reaches its peak, it's prime time for leaf peepers and market watchers as more companies report on their third-quarter earnings this week amid concerns about inflation, global instability and other factors spooking the economy in the run-up to Halloween. Will Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech at the end of the week calm some fears?
Elsewhere in Washington, the SEC's flurry of rule-makings and agenda will be the focus of a House Financial Services Committee subcommittee. The witness list has not been posted as of press time, but SEC Chair Gary Gensler will likely say his piece. He will also speak at the annual Securities Enforcement Forum.