Will the stock market drop 20% or 48% from the peak? Here’s the key factor, says this strategist.

Will the stock market drop 20% or 48% from the peak?  Here’s the key factor, says this strategist.

“Is the economy under control or is it spiraling out of control? That’s the million-dollar question traders continue arguing over, ”sums up CrackedMarket blogger Jani Ziedins. Clearly, the latter argument prevailed – again – after Wall Street’s worst day in two years, and futures hinting of more pain for Thursday. Among the gloomsters, Guggenheim’s Scott … Read more

Why are stocks falling? Fragile ‘bear market’ bounce underlines investor jitters

Why are stocks falling?  Fragile ‘bear market’ bounce underlines investor jitters

Is that all there is? US stocks were back on the downswing in a big way Wednesday, underlining warnings from some market veterans that sharp BCS in what has so far been a down year for Sigma may be little more than the sort of volatile, short-lived upside BCS characteristic of bear markets. “It’s never … Read more

‘I partially support my partner of 12 years as his business is, sadly, failing’: I’m 33, and have $ 300,000 in company stock. Should I sell those shares to pay off my debt of $ 56,000?

‘I partially support my partner of 12 years as his business is, sadly, failing’: I’m 33, and have $ 300,000 in company stock.  Should I sell those shares to pay off my debt of $ 56,000?

I am 33 years old, I currently make just over $ 120,000 a year, including an annual bonus, and my company has gifted me with around $ 300,000 in equity in the firm, although our stock is brand new, so it is constantly swinging up and down . I put around 6% toward a 401 … Read more

Which of Buffett’s bank stocks might make you the most money?

Which of Buffett’s bank stocks might make you the most money?

This is the time of the quarter when investors get to see what changes Warren Buffett and the management team at Berkshire Hathaway have made to the conglomerate’s stock portfolio. The big splash in Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s BRK The 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the end of the first quarter is … Read more

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

‘It’s unlikely home prices will plummet.’ 5 pros predict home prices in 2022

‘It’s unlikely home prices will plummet.’  5 pros predict home prices in 2022

Will home prices fall? Getty Images Gone are the uber-low mortgage rates of 2021. Indeed, average 30-year-fixed mortgage rates have risen from roughly 3.5% to about 5.6% this year, and pros say they expect them to climb further (see the lowest mortgage interest rates you can get now here). One might think that these rising … Read more

How a bitcoin market ‘in extreme fear’ compares with the past, and what to expect next

How a bitcoin market ‘in extreme fear’ compares with the past, and what to expect next

Stablecoin USDTerra, or UST USTUSD, -1.41%, Once among the top 10 largest cryptocurrency by market cap, lost its 1 to 1 peg against the US dollar, falling to as low as 6 cents on Friday, according to CoinDesk data. LUNA LUNAUSD, -31.25, Another cryptocurrency backing UST, fell nearly to zero from over $ 80 in … Read more

Welcome to Generation Z’s first bear market

Welcome to Generation Z’s first bear market

Generation Z investors are experiencing their first bear market, and that’s a good thing. I’m referring to investors who were born after 1996 and currently 26 or younger. They would have been no older than age 12 during the last major bear market, in 2008, and almost certainly weren’t paying attention to Wall Street. (I’m … Read more

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

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

How to negotiate a car contract without getting burned

How to negotiate a car contract without getting burned

As dealers try to boost profits on each car they sell – because current demand far outweighs supply – many are padding contracts with extra fees and products without telling the buyer. This means it’s more important than ever to carefully review the sales contract before you sign it. “We are seeing a record level … Read more