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How to Profit When the Stock Market Goes Down
Beginners in the stock market tend to think about investing as buying stocks and making money when those stocks go up. But it’s not the only way.
Stocks Are Seeing Multiple Expansions, Even as Earnings Slow
The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index (QQQ) rose 0.34% on March 28, while the broader S&P 500 Index (SPY) climbed 0.36%.
The NASDAQ Just Crossed a Key Level
Markets rallied on February 22 following more signs of a trade deal between the two biggest economies, the United States and China, and the Fed’s dovish tone at a meeting.
The Volatility Index Suggests the Markets Are Complacent Again
Tech stocks edged higher yet again on February 20, extending the gains in the NASDAQ as the markets closely examined the Fed’s tone.
Goldman Sachs Turned More Bullish on Gold in 2019
On January 10, Goldman Sachs raised the price forecast for gold to $1,325, $1,375, and $1,425 per ounce for the next three, six, and 12 months.
What Jeffrey Gundlach Thinks about ‘Buy the Dip’
Gundlach compared the recent “buy the dip” mentality to the complacency that took place in 2007–2008 before the subprime crisis.
The Story behind Bank of America’s Bullish Gold Outlook
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) is overweight on precious metals going into 2019.
What Makes Goldman Sachs ‘Extremely Positive’ on Gold in 2019?
Goldman Sachs (GS) turned positive on gold (GLD) for the first time in more than five years back in March.
Where to Hide as Wall Street’s Fear Gauge Flashes Red
Volatility (VXX) has made a comeback in the markets this year after a prolonged calm. Last year was particularly calm as volatility plunged to a multi-decade low.
How to Profit from the Current Market Uncertainty
Volatility (VXX) has made a comeback in markets this year after a prolonged calm period.
Do Not Get Vixated on Volatility
Which way is the VIX pointing us?
Gold Has the Worst Month since November 2016
Gold rose on Friday, June 29, breaking its five-day losing streak. It rose 0.38% and closed at $1,253 per ounce.
How Market Volatility Moved Gold on June 25
Precious metals saw downward price movement on June 25. Gold fell ~0.26% and was trading at $1,266.00 per ounce on the day.
How Political Uncertainty Could Drive Markets This Week
Global markets mostly fell last week (ended May 25) as political uncertainty kept investors at bay.
US-China Tensions Slowly Settle: How Has Gold Been Affected?
Gold prices dropped to a five-month low of $1,281.80 and closed at $1,283.30 per ounce yesterday.
Consecutive S&P 500 Declines Have Hurt Leading Economic Index
The S&P 500 Index (SPY) continued its negative run with another lower close in April.
Why Volatility Could Rise Quickly This Week
All major US indexes had a negative close in the week that ended on May 18. The S&P 500 Index (SPY) fell 0.23%.
What Are the Implications of Iran Nuclear Deal Exit?
In this series, we’ll analyze how the US exit from the Iran deal has affected markets and how recent developments could affect oil prices and volatility.
The VIX is telling you to Netflix and Chill
The VIX (VXX) CBOE Volatility Index just closed today at its lowest point since early February, clocking in at 13.4.
Which Sector Posted Major Job Gains in April?
The US employment market could be overheating. Businesses are adding more than 200,000 jobs per month despite rising trade tension.
The S&P 500’s Monthly Decline—A Negative Sign for the Economy?
The S&P 500 Index declined ~3.9% in February and ~2.7% in March.
Why Market Volatility Could Fall This Week
Many risks that pushed stock market volatility higher in the last few weeks have started to retreat.
Why Rising Inflation Failed to Raise Long-Term Yields
The primary reason cited by the FOMC for holding off on interest rate hikes since 2016 was lagging inflation growth.
Global Market Volatility Rises, Geopolitical Risks Are Back
We’re headed for a dramatic opening this week. US markets will likely react to the missile attacks on Syria over the weekend.
Xi Jinping’s Business-Friendly Speech Pacified Markets
The trade war turmoil that rocked markets last week seemed to retreat on Tuesday after Xi Jinping made a market-calming speech.
Geopolitical and Political Risks Could Drive Volatility this Week
Equity markets in the US struggled as all US indexes recorded losses in the week ended March 23, 2018.
Could Increasing Job Openings Mean Trouble for Markets?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) data for January on March 16.
White House Drama and FOMC Could Push Volatility Higher This Week
Last week, US equity markets remained under pressure amid increased political uncertainty and the possibility of another round of tariffs.
Why Volatility Trended Lower Last Week
It was supposed to be a week filled with drama: the tariffs were scheduled to be announced, and the February jobs report was on the radar.
Trade War Fears Could Ignite Volatility This Week
President Trump’s proposed tariffs and his supporting tweets could reignite volatility in the markets.
Reading the Performance of the S&P 500 Index as a Forward Indicator
The Conference Board’s LEI (Leading Economic Index) uses the performance of the S&P 500 Index (VOO) as one of its constituents.
What Falling Unemployment Claims Mean for the US Economy
The Conference Board uses the average weekly unemployment claims as a key constituent of its LEI (Leading Economic Index).
What Could Reignite Volatility This Week?
Global stock indexes closed on a positive note in the week ending February 23 and were unfazed by the cautiously optimistic US FOMC meeting minutes.
Why Threats to Bond Markets Are Here to Stay
The real threat from rising rates is for bond markets.
January FOMC Meeting Minutes: ‘Further’ Hikes Possible
The recent market turmoil was related to the possibility that the US FOMC could increase interest rates sooner than expected.
Is Volatility Set to Drop Further after Stock Market Rebound?
Stock markets around the world have rebounded from the panic selling that rocked markets between January 26 and February 9.
Why Volatility Is Likely to Remain High This Week
Equity markets found no respite as global indexes struggled for a second straight week in the week ended February 9.
Is There a Specific Reason for the Sudden Market Meltdown?
According to the closing prices on February 8, 2018, US indexes have gone through a correction. The markets closed at the highest level on January 26.
What Drove Stock Market Volatility Higher Last Week?
Equity indexes around the globe sunk last week, halting their multi-week gaining streak. The key reason was the rout in the equity market fueled by concerns about rising interest rates.
Changes to the Balance Sheet Unwinding Program
According to the latest communication from the Fed, the pace of the balance sheet unwinding program has been increased to $20 billion per month.
Why Volatility Index Traded Higher despite Stocks Rising
The global markets trended higher in the week ended January 26, 2018, despite confusing messages from global leaders at Davos and the central banks of Europe and Japan.
Could the US Government Shutdown Impact Market Volatility?
During the week ended January 19, 2018, global markets trended higher despite the possibility of a US government shutdown. The potential shutdown pushed volatility up.
Could the Threat of a US Government Shutdown Spike Volatility?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average appreciated ~1.6% for the week ended January 12, 2018, while the S&P 500 (SPY) returned ~1.3%. The tech-heavy NASDAQ (QQQ) posted a weekly gain of ~1.4%.
Why Volatility Fell 16% in Week 1 of 2018
Every segment of the global financial markets began 2018 on a positive note. The global equity rally extended in the first week of the year.
Why Consumer Expectations Continued to Increase in November
Consumer expectations for business conditions Average consumer expectations for business conditions form the only component of the Conference Board LEI (Leading Economic Index) that is not a leading indicator. Consumer expectations are based on two separate surveys. One survey is conducted by the University of Michigan and Reuters, while the second survey is conducted by […]
Should We Worry about Rising Unemployment Claims?
Average weekly claims and the economy Average weekly unemployment claims are a constituent of the Conference Board LEI (Leading Economic Index). Claims have a 3% weight in the LEI. Weekly unemployment claims, if adjusted for seasonality, give investors a clear understanding of changes in the employment market. Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a monthly […]
Can Volatility Fall Further in the Last Week of 2017?
In the week ended December 22, 2017, volatility in the global markets turned marginally higher but closed the week with a limited change from the previous week.
Technological Disruptions: The Only Jobs Killers for Now
ADP’s jobs report for November was published on December 6. It provided deeper insight into improvements in US employment.
Why Volatility Is a Big Worry for Markets
Since last year’s presidential election, the US stock markets (IVV) (VTI) have seen volatility fall to almost a 50-year low.
Understanding the Sharp Rise in Consumer Expectations in October
The November Conference Board LEI reported the average consumer expectations for business conditions for October at 0.96, a sharp increase from the September reading of 0.43.