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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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If the bulls really had control, these stock sectors would be the leaders right now

If the bulls really had control, these stock sectors would be the leaders right now

It’s still a bear market, according to the relative strength ranking of the US stock market sector. This is because the sectors that generally do best at the end of bear markets have been lagging lately. Conversely, sectors that usually do the worst at the end of bear markets have outperformed. This is not what …

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This fund beats the S&P 500 using only 75 of its constituents.  Here's how it works.

This fund beats the S&P 500 using only 75 of its constituents. Here’s how it works.

What worked well for years of a bull market through 2021 – the focus on growth, regardless of price – has come to a halt this year. The revival of the value investing style – and modest valuations overall – has taken hold. The approach adopted by the Invesco S&P 500 GARP ETF has paid …

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Can you still retire with $1 million?  That's what today's millionaires want to know.

Can you still retire with $1 million? That’s what today’s millionaires want to know.

OK, so a million dollars isn’t what it used to be. That’s the worry of a surprising number of American millionaires. At least that’s what fund management giant Natixis, which owns bond boutique Loomis Sayles, among other companies, reports. Natixis surveyed around 1,600 people with at least $1 million in “investable assets”. And just over …

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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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I'm 56 and plan to retire at 62.  I will have both public pensions and social security - but I also have a child starting college that I want to pay for.  Do I need professional help?

I’m 56 and plan to retire at 62. I will have both public pensions and social security – but I also have a child starting college that I want to pay for. Do I need professional help?

Getty Images/iStockphoto Question: I’m 56 and work for a state university, so I will have a state retirement plan. Previously, I worked full time and contributed to social security for 20 years. I still work part-time and contribute to social security. I plan to retire in six years when I turn 62, and recently started …

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This Brilliant Idea Can Make Everyone Better With Money, Older Americans Say

This Brilliant Idea Can Make Everyone Better With Money, Older Americans Say

Polls consistently show that older Americans regret a lot of things — working too much, choosing the wrong partner, not taking care of their health, and so on. There are also often financial regrets, such as not having saved enough and investing too little for retirement. This last regret has many reasons: everything from the …

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People who are still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

People who are still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

More than two years into the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing is preventing some workers from returning to work. That’s according to this working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Some people are not ready to let their guard down, knowing that COVID-19 has not gone away. Some 13% of American workers say …

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This long-time bear warns of a “trap door” situation looming for the stock market.

This long-time bear warns of a “trap door” situation looming for the stock market.

Uncertainty continues for investors following a recent mixed batch of data – weaker than expected inflation, stronger than expected jobs and wages – as we enter the third week before Christmas. And we’re ending a year that just hasn’t been great for most investors. Feels a bit of your pain, Hussman Investment Trust chairman and …

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