Why are stocks falling? What you need to know about bear markets, stagflation and crypto chaos

Why are stocks falling?  What you need to know about bear markets, stagflation and crypto chaos

It will take more than Friday’s big bounce to put to rest the fear of a bear market in stocks as uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s ability to get a grip on inflation without sinking the economy stokes fears of stagflation — a pernicious combination of slow economic growth and persistent inflation. Stagflation is “an … Read more

Markets making you queasy? These simple, low-cost retirement portfolios are holding up well

Markets making you queasy?  These simple, low-cost retirement portfolios are holding up well

Not everyone is having a terrible year. While stocks and bonds have all plummeted since Jan. 1, a few simple, low-cost, all-weather portfolios are doing a much better job of preserving their owners’ retirement savings. Best of all, anybody can copy them using a handful of low-cost exchange-traded funds or mutual funds. Anyone at all. … Read more

‘What are the odds? I retire and the stock market crashes. All my plans are upside down.’ I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home. What options do I have?

‘What are the odds?  I retire and the stock market crashes.  All my plans are upside down.’  I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home.  What options do I have?

Dear Quentin, I’m due to retire in two months and I have already moved to my new home in the sun. I have not sold my apartment in a major US metropolitan area on the east coast, as I wanted to see how I settled into my new life. It’s a quiet, but beautiful city … Read more

Dow suffers longest losing streak since 2001 as stocks benchmarks extend weekly losses despite closing sharply higher Friday

US stocks ended sharply higher Friday, but all three major benchmark still booked another week of losses, as investors assessed the scope for further downside and the Federal Reserve’s ability to get inflation under control without sending the economy into a tailspin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell for a seventh straight week, its longest … Read more

Stocks Nearly Entered a Bear Market. What History Says Happens Next.

Text size Everything in the markets seemed on the verge of collapse this week. NYSE It’s the moment of truth for stocks—and investors might not enjoy what comes next. For a moment this past week, the stock market felt like it was already there. On Thursday morning, the S&P500 index, down 19.6% from its closing … Read more

The beginning of the end of the stock market’s correction could be near

The end of the US stock market’s correction is looking a lot closer. That’s the conclusion of a contrarian analysis of market timer sentiment. It’s encouraging, from a contrarian perspective, that the market timer community in recent days has become extremely pessimistic — as pessimistic, in fact, as it has been at prior market bottoms. … Read more

Stocks Are Way Down. They’re Still Expensive.

US stocks are off to their worst start to a year in more than a half-century. By some measures, they still look expensive. Wall Street often uses the ratio of a company’s share price to its earnings as a measuring stick for whether a stock appears cheap or pricey. By that metric, the market as … Read more

Stocks Are Way Down. They’re Still Expensive.

US stocks are off to their worst start to a year in more than a half-century. By some measures, they still look expensive. Wall Street often uses the ratio of a company’s share price to its earnings as a measuring stick for whether a stock appears cheap or pricey. By that metric, the market as … Read more

Stocks Are Way Down. They’re Still Expensive.

US stocks are off to their worst start to a year in more than a half-century. By some measures, they still look expensive. Wall Street often uses the ratio of a company’s share price to its earnings as a measuring stick for whether a stock appears cheap or pricey. By that metric, the market as … Read more

It Might Not Be Time to Buy Stocks Yet. This Technical Analyst Sees the Market Going Even Lower.

Text size Michael Nagle/Bloomberg The major US stock market indexes have lost roughly 12% to 25% this year, a painful setback after two years of gains. Time to buy? Not so fast, based on a technical analysis of current market conditions. Andrew Addison, a veteran market technician, proprietor of the Institutional View research service, and … Read more