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Why stock investors shouldn't count on a "Santa Claus" rally this year

Why stock investors shouldn’t count on a “Santa Claus” rally this year

Investors, like children on Christmas Eve, expect Santa Claus to come down the chimney, walk to Wall Street and deliver the rewarding gift of a stock market rally. This year, however, investors might be better off betting on a lump of coal, rather than waiting for tangible stock market gains to emerge this holiday season, …

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Opinion: Household wealth plummets by $13.5 trillion, second-worst drop on record

Opinion: Household wealth plummets by $13.5 trillion, second-worst drop on record

US households lost an estimated $6.8 trillion in wealth in the first three quarters of 2022 as the SPX stock market, -0.73% DJIA, -0.90% COMP, -0.70% has lost more than 25% of its value, the Federal Reserve reported Friday in the government’s quarterly financial accounts. Nominal net worth fell 4.6% to $143.3 trillion, as the …

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Financial markets are issuing a warning that a recession is imminent: here's what it means for equities

Financial markets are issuing a warning that a recession is imminent: here’s what it means for equities

Across markets, familiar trading patterns for stocks, bonds and commodities that have held for months are starting to unravel as financial markets grapple with expectations that the US economy will sink. into a recession next year, market analysts told MarketWatch. The S&P 500 SPX index, +0.75% had its longest losing streak in nearly two months …

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$3,000 gold and more outrageous market predictions investors shouldn't discount.

$3,000 gold and more outrageous market predictions investors shouldn’t discount.

Monday served as yet another blow to investors betting on a Goldilocks economy and a less aggressive Fed. Some are now not ruling out a Grinch-like turn from the central bank – a 0.75% rise next week instead of the 0.50% the markets had pinned their hopes on – following strong data on services, employment …

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Why Monday's stock market rout should be a wake-up call for investors

Why Monday’s stock market rout should be a wake-up call for investors

Monday’s sharp selloff could be the start of the next decline in equities as a sense of complacency has taken hold in markets after a bumper October and November, several strategists told MarketWatch. In a note to clients on Monday, Jonathan Krinsky, chief technical strategist at BTIG, said US stocks were poised to fall after …

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Stocks rally on hopes of relief from China's COVID policy.  Here's why economists think investors are too optimistic.

Stocks rally on hopes of relief from China’s COVID policy. Here’s why economists think investors are too optimistic.

Investors rejoiced over China’s latest COVID policy this week after massive lockdown protests erupted across the country, rocking global financial markets, but economists believe markets have placed “too much great likelihood” that the restrictions will soon be eased. China’s National Health Commission said on Tuesday it would step up COVID vaccinations for the elderly and …

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Why China's COVID policies are rattling investors again

Why China’s COVID policies are rattling investors again

Investors in China-related assets who had expected a significant easing of COVID restrictions were disappointed this week as the country battles the worst wave of cases since the outbreak in Shanghai earlier this year. China-related ETFs fell this week, with shares of the iShares MSCI China MCHI ETF, -1.82% lose 3.4%. The KraneShares CSI China …

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