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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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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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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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The U.S. economy won't collapse under the "weight" of the Fed based on how these sectors perform despite inflation and oil risks

The U.S. economy won’t collapse under the “weight” of the Fed based on how these sectors perform despite inflation and oil risks

Investors are trying to read the tea leaves on a choppy U.S. stock market to gauge whether its recent rise can continue after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sparked bullish sentiment in late November by indicating that his aggressive stock hikes interest rates could slow. “Stock market management is telling you that the economy is …

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Opinion: High debts and stagflation will bring the mother of all financial crises

Opinion: High debts and stagflation will bring the mother of all financial crises

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) – The global economy is heading for an unprecedented confluence of economic, financial and debt crises, following the explosion of deficits, borrowing and debt over the past few decades. In the private sector, the mountain of debt includes that of households (such as mortgages, credit cards, car loans, student loans, personal …

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Here's how a hedge fund bucks the tide and beats the markets

Here’s how a hedge fund bucks the tide and beats the markets

Fund managers White Shoe Boston GMO – founded by Jeremy Grantham – are pulling the spotlight this year with their “equity dislocation” investment strategy. This strategy, unveiled almost exactly two years ago, buys the cheapest “value” stocks, then bets against the most expensive “growth” stocks. This “equity dislocation” portfolio gained a stunning 21% from October …

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Portfolio rebalancing is important.  You're no smarter than the market, and that's no different this time around.

Portfolio rebalancing is important. You’re no smarter than the market, and that’s no different this time around.

Asset allocation involves dividing your portfolio between different investment asset classes like stocks, bonds, and cash, and sub-asset classes like small, large, and mid-cap stocks. International bonds and investments, as well as growth and value-oriented stocks are often part of a well-diversified portfolio. In order to maintain your target asset allocation through market ups and …

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401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of 'Worrying', Says Vanguard

401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of ‘Worrying’, Says Vanguard

Amid stubbornly high inflation, a record proportion of Americans are turning their 401(k) accounts into emergency piggy banks, according to Vanguard. Dissecting data from a sample of about 5 million employer-sponsored 401(k) accounts that Vanguard manages, the researchers said that 0.5% of account holders made difficult withdrawals in October. It’s a “worrying” all-time high, said …

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