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Stocks and bonds are 'discounted for disaster' after worst period for investors in 20 years

Stocks and bonds are ‘discounted for disaster’ after worst period for investors in 20 years

Things could always get worse. The S&P 500 SPX index, -1.51% Friday cemented its worst monthly percentage decline since the March 2020 pandemic lockdowns, but also joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.71% and the Nasdaq COMP composite index, -1.51% booking the worst and first 9-month period since 2002, according to Dow Jones Market …

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'Painfully Slow Capitulation': Why Investors Keep Getting Inflation Wrong

‘Painfully Slow Capitulation’: Why Investors Keep Getting Inflation Wrong

A brutal third quarter in financial markets ended on Friday and one thing is crystal clear: inflation is the most important factor driving asset valuations right now and yet few, if any, are able to accurately predict where it is likely to go. . The reason? Professional forecasters, policymakers and traders all continue to dismiss …

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Stock market reversal?  Why October is known as a "bear killer".

Stock market reversal? Why October is known as a “bear killer”.

While September lived up to its reputation as a brutal month for equities, October tends to be a “bear market killer,” known for its historically strong returns, especially during midterm election years. . Skeptics, however, are warning investors that negative economic fundamentals could overwhelm seasonal trends as what is traditionally the toughest time for stocks …

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Rate hikes spook the market, but equity investors focus on the wrong rate

Rate hikes spook the market, but equity investors focus on the wrong rate

The stock market was spooked by rising interest rates. Let’s think carefully, from a value investing perspective, about these fears. Warren Buffett has argued that investors should think of stocks as “bonds in disguise,” in that stocks pay dividends, analogous to coupons paid by bonds, and can be valued the same way. Bonds are regularly …

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Market volatility replaces inflation as the biggest risk, raising the odds of a Federal Reserve pivot

Market volatility replaces inflation as the biggest risk, raising the odds of a Federal Reserve pivot

Market instability is the biggest risk for central banks globally, superseding inflation, due to massive leverage. So far the US Federal Reserve is lucky as there is low volatility in the SPX stock market, -2.11%, even if there is a bear market. Market stability gives the Fed space for the most aggressive rate hike campaign …

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Here's a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

Here’s a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

When I was in my late teens, my mother gave me two worn blue passport-sized notebooks containing the details of my investment accounts on deposit. I had no idea what to do with it, but it didn’t matter, because the accounts were empty anyway. Maybe for the best, because I’m pretty sure my assets wouldn’t …

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Here's a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

Here’s a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

When I was in my late teens, my mother gave me two worn blue passport-sized notebooks containing the details of my investment accounts on deposit. I had no idea what to do with it, but it didn’t matter, because the accounts were empty anyway. Maybe for the best, because I’m pretty sure my assets wouldn’t …

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Fannie Mae is launching a pilot program to include on-time rent payments in credit reports.  Here's why it could be a game-changer for tenants.

Fannie Mae is launching a pilot program to include on-time rent payments in credit reports. Here’s why it could be a game-changer for tenants.

When tenants pay their rent on time, it does little to improve their credit rating, while landlords reap the benefits of better credit by making their mortgage payments. This unbalanced situation is beginning to evolve in favor of tenants. Fannie Mae FNMA, +0.47%, the government-backed mortgage giant, announced on Tuesday that it was launching a …

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Falling stocks and bonds jeopardize technology, the dollar and private equity

Falling stocks and bonds jeopardize technology, the dollar and private equity

Text size Japan had to step in to support the decline of the yen for the first time since 1998, even as it tries to keep interest rates low. Akio Ko/Bloomberg The world has been addicted to cheap money for years. Now we see what the withdrawal looks like. The lifting of interest rates from …

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These 20 S&P stocks slipped as much as 21.5% in another brutal week for the market

These 20 S&P stocks slipped as much as 21.5% in another brutal week for the market

Another tough week for US stocks ended with oil producer stocks falling and Ford Motor Co. falling on concerns about supply shortages. The S&P 500 SPX fell 1.7% on Friday for a 4.6% drop over the week as investors continued to worry about interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve to temper inflation. Among the …

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