How options traders are driving the stockmarkets
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Stockmarkets

How options traders are driving the stockmarkets

Ordinary investors in the US are increasingly turning to options. And that's making the markets very volatile.
21 Sep 2020
The tech-stock bubble starts to hiss air
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Tech stocks

The tech-stock bubble starts to hiss air

America’s tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index soared by more than 70% from the March low to the end of August, but September has brought a rare reversal…
10 Sep 2020
Both bitcoin and tech stocks have tumbled – how much worse will it get?
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Stockmarkets

Both bitcoin and tech stocks have tumbled – how much worse will it get?

The recent run-up in tech stocks was extraordinary to the point that it defied belief. Now, the bubble looks very much like it is bursting – taking bi…
9 Sep 2020
This “jam tomorrow” bull market may be nearing its end
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Tech stocks

This “jam tomorrow” bull market may be nearing its end

The huge run up in US tech stocks is part of the wider “jam tomorrow” bubble. John Stepek explains what that is, and why it could be about to come to …
8 Sep 2020
America’s “tech cash shell” boom
US stockmarkets

America’s “tech cash shell” boom

America's tech companies are eschewing going public through an IPO and opting to use “special purpose acquisition companies” (SPACs) – also known as c…
4 Sep 2020
Is the US tech bubble bursting, or is this just a blip?
Tech stocks

Is the US tech bubble bursting, or is this just a blip?

America’s tech-heavy Nasdaq index slid by 5% yesterday – with Apple shares down by 8%. John Stepek asks if the bubble is finally bursting, and how it …
4 Sep 2020
Jerome Powell’s pivotal moment in monetary policy history
US Economy

Jerome Powell’s pivotal moment in monetary policy history

The Federal Reserve – America's central bank – has said that its inflation target of 2% will now be a long-term average, rather than a rate to be hit …
3 Sep 2020

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Apple sits at the top of the tree after hitting $2trn market capitalisation
Tech stocks

Apple sits at the top of the tree after hitting $2trn market capitalisation

The technology giant has become the first US company to reach a market value of $2trn. But its life may get harder now.
27 Aug 2020
When will stockmarkets face reality?
US stockmarkets

When will stockmarkets face reality?

Despite the economy being strangled by lockdown, US stockmarkets keep hitting mind-boggling new highs. Dominic Frisby explains why – and how long it c…
26 Aug 2020
Jeffrey Gundlach: prepare for four more years of Trump
US Economy

Jeffrey Gundlach: prepare for four more years of Trump

Donald Trump will be re-elected as US president in November, reckons Jeffrey Gundlach, America’s best-known bond investor.
21 Aug 2020
The US stockmarket is weaker than it looks
US stockmarkets

The US stockmarket is weaker than it looks

America’s S&P 500 is now up 5% for the year. But the gains are by no means evenly spread and there are many more losers than winners.
18 Aug 2020
Why US stocks have a spring in their step
US stockmarkets

Why US stocks have a spring in their step

America’s S&P 500 has rallied by more than 50% since the March lows and recently closed just short of an all-time high.
14 Aug 2020
Abby Joseph: US markets have no margin for error
Investment gurus

Abby Joseph: US markets have no margin for error

Much of the markets' recent strength is down to the US Federal Reserve using monetary policy to backstop the equity market, says Abby Joseph Cohen, se…
31 Jul 2020
Goldman Sachs to pay $3.9bn for its role in Malaysia's 1MDB scandal
US stockmarkets

Goldman Sachs to pay $3.9bn for its role in Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

The investment bank Goldman Sachs has paid $3.9bn to settle an investigation into its role in a scandal involving a state-backed fund. Matthew Partrid…
30 Jul 2020
Don't fight the Fed – at least, not yet
Stockmarkets

Don't fight the Fed – at least, not yet

The US central bank has made it clear it will keep propping markets – at least until inflation takes off. Betting against it would be a bad idea. But,…
30 Jul 2020
Uber gobbles up US food-delivery platform Postmates
US stockmarkets

Uber gobbles up US food-delivery platform Postmates

Shares in minicab firm Uber jumped by 4% after it acquired food-delivery platform Postmates for $2.65bn.
9 Jul 2020
Has the stockmarket bounce stalled?
Stockmarkets

Has the stockmarket bounce stalled?

US stocks have come under renewed pressure as America suffers a second wave of Covid infections.
2 Jul 2020
The US stockmarket is a bubble. So is it time to sell?
US stockmarkets

The US stockmarket is a bubble. So is it time to sell?

The US stockmarket is overvalued and there are many better opportunities elsewhere. So should you dump your US stocks and go after them? John Stepek e…
19 Jun 2020
Investing in the US stockmarket is a hefty bet on big tech
Investment strategy

Investing in the US stockmarket is a hefty bet on big tech

The US market looks expensive with or without the FAANGs – but they will surely decide its fate.
15 Jun 2020
The Fed will print whatever it takes – what does that mean for markets?
US Economy

The Fed will print whatever it takes – what does that mean for markets?

Jerome Powell, chair of the US Federal Reserve, has vowed to keep pumping money into the economy for as long as it takes to get America back on its fe…
11 Jun 2020
US-China tension mounts
Stockmarkets

US-China tension mounts

Could a resumption of the US-China trade war sink the stockmarket?
5 Jun 2020
Global stockmarket bulls start to stampede
Stockmarkets

Global stockmarket bulls start to stampede

Global stockmarkets' rise suggest investors are optimistic that the economy is heading for better days. But bad earnings data could put their faith to…
5 Jun 2020