Have you ever wondered why the stock market rises during a period of economic uncertainty? Last year, when interest rates shot up, the S&P 500
fell 18.1% (with dividends reinvested), which may not have surprised many people.
But 2023 hasn’t been a year of good economic news, and we narrowly averted a banking crisis last month. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is up 8% this year.
William Watts explains why the stock market loves pain.
And now for some bearishness:
An update on banks
Now that we’re two weeks into first-quarter earnings season, it is becoming more clear how large an outflow of deposits regional banks are facing as savers seek to earn (much) more interest.
Steve Gelsi and Ciara Linnane explain how the movement is affecting three regional banks.
Nathan Vardi reports on moves by one wealthy banker to take advantage of rising interest rates.
More banking coverage:
Check out this chart pattern for Tesla’s stock
Is the dollar really threatened?
It seems that every few years we hear about another effort among rivals of the U.S. to encourage a move by investors away from relying on the dollar as a reserve currency.
Could it be different this time? Joseph Adinolfi explains why investors are beginning to take various threats to the dollar seriously.
How about a bull market for bitcoin?
is up 70% this year, after falling 64% last year. Those figures make for a 39% decline since the end of 2021. With this year’s bull market, how far might the current rally go? In this week’s Distributed Ledger newsletter, Frances Yue covers the latest trading patterns, virtual-currency industry news and a prediction that ether
will outperform bitcoin over the short term.
Different approaches to investing
Paul Merriman shares simple investment-portfolio ideas that have outperformed the S&P 500 over long periods.
For savers, the clock is ticking
Beth Pinsker has advice for savers: Move quickly to take advantage of a golden opportunity.
- Ramit Sethi’s 5 lessons on how to get rich, from his new Netflix series
- This country has the best retirement system in the world
Are you worried about Social Security?
Here’s how not to fix it, according to Mark Hulbert.
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22
Just in time for Earth Day on Saturday, here’s a revised list of electric vehicles that qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.
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