Stock Buybacks and Dividends Become a $1.5 Trillion Political Target

Companies have been criticized for the vast sums they are sending investors. Some of that money could be put to better use but for the most part, our columnist says, bring it on.

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Stocks Record Best Stretch of the Year, as Inflation Eases

Positive economic signs have sent the S&P 500 higher for four consecutive weeks, but some investors worry about how long the rally can last.

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Advice for Handling Retiring During a Financial Downturn

Market declines during the first five years of retirement can have a significant effect on a financial portfolio, but remaining flexible can mitigate the damage.

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Markets Rise Sharply, Seizing on Inflation Numbers

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Carried Interest Is Back in the Headlines. Why It’s Not Going Away.

Changes demanded by Senator Kyrsten Sinema will preserve a tax loophole that Democrats have complained about for years.

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The S&P 500 is about to have its best month since November 2020.

The rebound in stocks is a reflection that the current round of updates from corporate America are not as bad as feared. But there are still reasons for investors to be wary.

#company-reports, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

6 Ways You’re Coping With a Roller-Coaster Market

Readers from around the world shared their strategies for protecting their retirement savings and how, or if, they’re adjusting their tactics.

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What Is the Yield Curve? Wall Street’s Recession Alarm Is Ringing.

An inversion of the bond market’s yield curve has preceded every U.S. recession for the past half century. It is happening again.

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Why Markets Shrugged Off Bad Inflation News

An ugly report may not be the shape of things to come.

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How to Invest During Inflation

While the news may indicate that the markets and economy are rocky, long-term investors can ride it out with a little luck and a lot of planning, our columnist says.

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Start-Up Funding Falls the Most It Has Since 2019

The drop was another fallout of rising inflation and widespread economic uncertainty, and a retreat after years of a funding boom.

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After Worst Start in 50 Years, Some See More Pain Ahead for Stock Market

At the halfway point of the year, it’s been a historically horrible time for stocks. Bonds are in bad shape, too.

#credit-and-debt, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #recession-and-depression, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

‘Venture Capitalists Are Going to Turn Into Vulture Capitalists,’ and Other Predictions From Andrew Ross Sorkin

The New York Times DealBook editor and Kara Swisher try to make sense of the economy.

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What Is A Recession and When Is the Next One Going to Begin?

Recessions since World War II have lasted just over 10 months each, on average. The last one, which began in 2020, lasted just two months.

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How to Start Investing in a Bear Market

The immediate outlook is grim, but low-cost funds that track the entire market can help you prosper over the long term, our columnist says.

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How to Think About E.S.G. Investing in a Falling Market

Mr. Musk trashed E.S.G. investing. The S.E.C. is investigating Goldman Sachs’s move into the sector. In a falling market, what should investors consider?

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Wall Street Has Its Worst Week Since March 2020

The selling was fueled by persistently high inflation and fears that the Fed’s efforts to tame it with higher interest rates will choke growth.

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Stock Markets Fall After Fed Rally Fades

Stocks tumbled, with the S&P 500 falling further into bear market territory, as investors focused on the threat that inflation and higher interest rates pose to the economy.

#stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

Bear Markets and Recessions Happen More Often Than You Think

The U.S. has been in recession 14 percent of the time since World War II. But being prepared can minimize hardship and even offer investing opportunities.

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Markets Recoup Losses as Central Banks Meet

Investors appeared mostly unsurprised by the Federal Reserve’s announcement of a large rate increase, with the S&P 500 closing up 1.4 percent.

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Global Stock Sell-Off Continues as Economic Concerns Mount

The losses in China, Japan and Australia followed weakness in the United States, where stocks closed in bear market territory.

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Stocks Enter Bear Market, a Grim Signal of Economic Fears

The S&P has declined 22 percent since January, amid converging worries about inflation, the Ukraine war, Covid and the Fed’s response to the economy.

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When Stocks Become Bear Markets

Steep downturns of stocks by 20 percent or more are relatively rare, but how long they last could portend damage — for you and the economy.

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Bitcoin Drops 18 Percent to Lowest Price Since 2020

The cryptocurrency market plunged again as Ether, the second-most valuable currency, dropped more than 20 percent.

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What to Know About Bear Markets

There have been several instances of near-bear markets in recent decades, but it’s rare for them to hit the threshold.

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After a Bumper 2021, Companies Might Struggle to Increase Profits

Businesses face headwinds as demand weakens, the Federal Reserve raises rates and government stimulus programs end.

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Wall Street’s Losing Streak Ends, but Uncertainty That Drove It Lingers

As stocks have tumbled this year, predictions that the selling is over have been wrong time and again.

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Stocks Rally Out of Bear Market Territory, but End Lower for a 7th Week

Investors are selling as they worry about inflation, interest rates and a potential recession.

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Stock Market Declines Can Help Long-term Investors

Is this is a good time to buy stocks, readers ask? Yes, our columnist says, but only if you can handle further losses and don’t try to outsmart the market.

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Tesla’s Aura Dims as Its Plunging Stock Highlights the Risks It Faces

Production problems in China and Elon Musk’s pursuit of Twitter are leading investors to wonder whether the electric car company is worth as much as they thought.

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Elon Musk, Chaos Monkey

The billionaire’s increasingly erratic behavior on Twitter distracts from the terrible math behind his bid to buy it.

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What Is a Bear Market?

The Nasdaq composite, a benchmark that’s heavily weighted toward tech stocks, is already in bear market territory.

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Amateur Investors Rode the Bull Up. Now the Bear Looms.

An estimated 20 million people started trading on their own during the pandemic. Some are shifting strategies as stocks tumble, while others are getting out.

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Stocks tumble as poor results from Target return Wall Street to worry mode.

Target reported that inflation was taking a toll on its profitability. The report came a day after Walmart warned of the same problem.

#inflation-economics, #shopping-and-retail, #stocks-and-bonds, #target-corporation, #united-states-economy

How Do Higher Interest Rates Bring Down Inflation?

Our columnist is responding to readers’ questions. This week, he focuses on inflation, with the help of a bond maven and a Nobel laureate.

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Stocks Return to Earth, With the S&P 500 Nearing a Bear Market

The market has been producing double-digit returns for investors, even at moments of great national strife. But the party has ended and it may be a long time before it begins again.

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Wall Street Slide Continues, With S&P 500 Edging Closer to Bear Market

Concerns about inflation and interest rates ignited the sell-off. But it has taken on a life of its own. Bringing inflation down will “include some pain,” the Fed chair said.

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BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Control a Piece of Nearly Everything

BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street collectively manage more than $20 trillion in assets. It’s not a political problem, but it might be an economic one.

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Bitcoin Is Increasingly Acting Like Just Another Tech Stock

The cryptocurrency’s plunging value has mirrored losses in the Nasdaq, a benchmark that’s weighted toward tech stocks.

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Fear and Loathing Return to Tech Start-Ups

Workers are dumping their stock, companies are cutting costs, and layoffs abound as troubling economic forces hit tech start-ups.

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How close is the S&P 500 to a bear market?

The Nasdaq composite, a benchmark that’s heavily weighted toward tech stocks, is already in bear market territory — having ended last week down 26 percent from its mid-November record.

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The Stock and Bond Markets Don’t Yet Know How to Cope With the Fed

Head-spinning volatility in financial markets isn’t all that puzzling when you consider the problems the Federal Reserve is grappling with, our columnist says.

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Why Musk’s Twitter Bid Has Shaken Tesla Investors

The chief executive’s debt load, his divided attention and Twitter’s own challenges could all take a toll on his electric-car company.

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Stocks Slide, Erasing Wednesday’s Gains

Swings in the stock market have become amplified lately, as investors worry that inflation and fast-rising interest rates could hit spending, profits and — ultimately — economic growth.

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Musk Brings in New Investors to Contribute $7 Billion to Twitter Deal

The filing lists a number of investment firms and others backers who will contribute $7 billion to the deal.

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How Twitter’s Board Went From Fighting Elon Musk to Accepting Him

It’s highly unusual to move from a “poison pill” to a $44 billion deal in under two weeks. But Twitter’s board ran out of options.

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Can Elon Musk Make Twitter’s Numbers Work?

Financially speaking, the billionaire’s buyout of the social media network breaks all the usual rules.

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Rising Economic Fear Batters Wall Street in April

The S&P 500 is heading for its worst monthly decline since March 2020, as rising interest rates and high inflation raise concerns about consumer sentiment.

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Why Elon Musk Thinks Your Attention Is Worth $44 Billion

The Twitter bid is a power play in the attention economy.

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Stocks drop 2.8%, led lower by tech, as April’s slump continues.

Big technology companies are set to report earnings starting Tuesday. The S&P 500 has dropped nearly 8 percent this month, its worst monthly showing since March 2020.

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