Market pros are feeling so happy about stocks right now, you have to wonder if they’re too bullish

There’s an old saw about how if you lay all the world’s economists end to end, they still won’t point in any one direction or reach a conclusion. There’s no such adage about market technicians, but in the past six weeks it appears that the diehard group of technical analysts have all reached the same … Read more

Risk-tolerance surveys often miss what financial advisers really need to know about you

In the early days of financial planning, advisers would assess a client’s attitude about risk. It was largely a subjective judgment. Nevertheless, their conclusion (or hunch) would guide their portfolio management decisions on behalf of that client. In addition to probing to determine a client’s tolerance for risk, advisers might consider one’s age, gender and … Read more

A record number of U.S. renters spent more than 30% of their income on rent in 2021 and mortgage rates fall to lowest level since mid-September. Freddie Mac says 3 million more people now qualify for a home loan.

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The S&P 500 is flashing signs that the bear market finally could be over

The S&P 500 Index SPX, +1.47% has finally broken through major resistance at 4100. If the breakout holds through today, then it will be a valid one. Furthermore, SPX is now clearly above its declining 200-day moving average, and it is above the downtrend line that has defined the U.S. bear market for over a … Read more

State of the Union: 5 key challenges for Biden as he delivers his speech

President Joe Biden will face no small task on Tuesday night, when he delivers his State of the Union speech after a little more than two years in office. Biden looks poised to tackle the debt-limit standoff, recession worries and acts of violence at home and abroad in his remarks. At the same time, American … Read more

Why NFTs saw $941 million in trading volume in January – the highest since June 2022

Non-fungible tokens registered $941 million in trading volume in January 2023, up 38% from December, and the highest on record since June 2022, according to a Feb. 2 report by DappRadar, which tracks and analyzes the activity of NFT marketplaces. Non-fungible tokens, which provide proof of ownership of a digital asset like online artwork, surged … Read more

Bridgewater’s Karen Karniol-Tambour promoted to co-CIO, continuing her rise as one of the most powerful women on Wall Street

Trading and investment firm Bridgewater Associates on Thursday promoted Karen Karniol-Tambour to co-chief investment officer as she continues her rise as one of the most powerful women on Wall Street. Hailed by the firm’s co-CEO Nir Bar Dea as “one of our most important leaders at the forefront of a new generation,” Karniol-Tambour, 37, joins … Read more

Apple, Amazon and Alphabet earnings are coming. Here’s what the stock options market is bracing for.

The options market has prepared for bigger-than-usual moves in the stocks of a trio of trillion-dollar companies, the day after they report quarterly earnings results. That’s because the implied volatility, or how much a stock can be expected to move over a certain period, of the stocks for Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.22%, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, … Read more

Cash is no longer trash, says Dalio, who calls it more attractive than stocks and bonds

“‘Cash used to be trashy. Cash is pretty attractive now. It’s attractive in relation to bonds. It’s actually attractive in relation to stocks.’” Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio no longer thinks “cash is trash.” In fact, just the opposite. Over the past year, cash has become “pretty attractive” relative to both stocks and bonds, the … Read more

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is restricted from using encrypted messaging apps

A New York judge has imposed communication limits on former FTX chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried, according to a court filing on Feb. 1. The filing includes two restrictions. Bankman-Fried can’t communicate with any previous or current employees at FTX or Alameda, other than his immediate family members, except in the presence of a legal counsel. … Read more