Stock market bulls are hoping October is another “bear killer”. Because the skeptics are not convinced.

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 the mid-term election years. Skeptics, however, warn investors that negative economic fundamentals could overwhelm seasonal trends as what has traditionally been the hardest time for equities … Read more

Opinion: Rate hikes are scaring the market, but equity investors are focusing on the wrong rate

The stock market has been scared of rising interest rates. Let’s think carefully, from the point of view of value investing, about these fears. Warren Buffett said investors should think of stocks as “disguised bonds,” as shares pay dividends, similar to coupons paid by bonds, and can be valued similarly. Bonds are routinely valued by … Read more

Opinion: Market instability replaces inflation as a major risk, increasing the chances of a pivot by the Federal Reserve

Market instability is the biggest risk for central banks globally, as it replaces inflation, due to the huge amount of leverage. So far, the US Federal Reserve is in luck because there is low volatility in the SPX stock market, -2.11%, even if there is a bear market. Market stability gives the Fed room for … Read more

Opinion: Here’s how to trade this still dangerous stock market

The S&P 500 index traded at new intraday and closing lows for 2022 last week. That move exacerbated the oversold conditions that had been creating for some time. Such oversold conditions can produce sharp but short-lived oversold increases, as happened in September. 28. However, the big picture is that the S&P SPX, -2.49% the chart … Read more

Opinion: Here’s how to trade this still dangerous stock market

The S&P 500 index traded at new intraday and closing lows for 2022 last week. That move exacerbated the oversold conditions that had been creating for some time. Such oversold conditions can produce sharp but short-lived oversold increases, as happened in September. 28. However, the big picture is that the S&P SPX, -1.87% the chart … Read more

Here is an easy way to teach your kids some complex financial lessons

During my teenage years, my mother handed me two blue books in worn passport format with the details of my deposit accounts. I had no idea what to do with it, but it didn’t matter, because the bills were empty anyway. Maybe for the best, because I’m pretty sure my possessions wouldn’t have a chance. … Read more

Here is an easy way to teach your kids some complex financial lessons

During my teenage years, my mother handed me two blue books in worn passport format with the details of my deposit accounts. I had no idea what to do with it, but it didn’t matter, because the bills were empty anyway. Maybe for the best, because I’m pretty sure my possessions wouldn’t have a chance. … Read more

Why a rising 10-year Treasury yield is disrupting financial markets as it approaches 4%

The 10-year Treasury yield, a vital benchmark that influences a wide range of consumer financing costs, is about to hit 4% for the first time in at least 12 years, a development that is starting to take hold in financial markets. The rate TMUBMUSD10Y, 3.986% It climbed to 3.988% on Tuesday, more than double from … Read more

Opinion: reset your retirement calculator now for today’s hovering stock markets and make sure you’re still on track

When the markets are down, you don’t want to look at your 401 (k) statement. But with a potential “lost decade” of equity returns looming, you need to at least take a look, because it’s time to realize your ability to afford retirement. Economists often point out that stock markets always go up eventually, but … Read more

7 Retirement Lessons to Help You Retire “Right”

The closer it gets, the more attention I get. “It”, in this case, is the pension. I’ll celebrate my 60th birthday in January. I’m not going to retire entirely, but I’m thinking about how to work less, travel more and prepare my finances for years to come. As I sketch my plans, I’m drawing not … Read more