Ordinarily, a bull run like this would be cause for optimism, on the belief that savvy investors see a light at the end of the tunnel. But could the good news that is powering share prices be bad news for the economy?
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For now anyway, while June's housing numbers are certainly welcome, they do not indicate great news for a large segment of the U.S. housing market.
The right wing's favorite barometer was the stock market until the markets started to rally in March.
With a little luck, the economy and the stock market should hit bottom sometime this year. In fact, there's a chance that both already have, although ...
Avoiding financial calamity is a good thing and it does appear that the global economy is past the worst point in the cycle, but a self-sustained recovery is not necessarily in the bag.
It should be obvious to all that we can't get out from under our mountain of debt through spending.
This 1:20 split smells, to me, a bit too rancid for the ordinary shareholders, not to mention the U.S. public who are hoping to recover their investment.
In recent weeks, as the market stalled, investors have gone back on a starvation diet. So what's next? If this past week is any indication, look for a resumption of financial heartburn.
Pioneers in the field of neurofinance are searching for the right neurococktail of emotion and logic for today's fast-paced electronic marketplace.
Oil is going up, interest rates are going up and unemployment will go --- all bad things --- and yet they're not killing the market. One money manager says that means the upward trend remains intact.
Your money manager has walloped the market by 5% per year for the past 10 years, so he's obviously a genius, right? Actually, no. He had a 1-in-5 chance of doing that just by throwing darts.
Veteran San Francisco money manager Gary Wollin expects a "buying panic" -- a veritable flood of new stock purchases -- to kick off any day now and push the equity market appreciably higher.
In recent months, the spread between short and long-term bond yields has increased significantly, hitting record extremes. Many market-watchers believ...
Many banks won't accept deposits of less than $100. Those that do tend to get a little uppity when presented with a deposit in 20 lbs. of rolled pennies.
Employees are now burdened with the responsibility of planning for their own retirement since defined contribution plans became the norm.
Government continues to be surprisingly effective in fighting the economic battle, in creatively looking at ways to tax, to incentivize good behavior, and in raising America's reputation abroad.
The market bottom, contrary to renewed market enthusiasm stemming from the recent rally, still remains a long way off.
Hey, maybe I need a new pair of eyeglasses. The last time I looked, the financial scene appeared unmistakably cloudy and ominous. Not so to Wall Street's bulls.
The Wall Street Journal story today reveals that the Bank of America's CEO claims he was told by Bernanke and Paulson to remain silent about the disas...
What are the best ways to play China and other Asian markets, which should also benefit handsomely from the Chinese rebound?
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Common knowledge doesn't influence markets, only true surprises do.
For the market to go up from here, the news doesn't have to be good. It just has to be not quite as bad as what has already been discounted.
Doug Short has taken a detailed look at the 10 bear markets and bear-market-recoveries since 1950. You can click through a slideshow showing each of ...
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