US stockmarkets

The world’s most important stocks are now in a bear market

Once the darlings of the stockmarket, America’s biggest tech stocks have all fallen by more than 20% since peaking earlier this year. And that’s just a start, says John Stepek.

Tailwind from US share buybacks is weakening

Warren Buffett’s investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway bought back $928m of its own shares in the third quarter. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I can’t see why you’d ever use an active fund to invest in big US stocks

Many investors believe active fund managers prove their worth when markets fall. But, as October’s mini-crash shows, that’s not true. Here’s what you should know before picking an active or a passive fund.

Markets like gridlock – but they shouldn’t take it for granted

The markets got what they expected out of the US elections: political gridlock, which means no meddling by politicians. But it’s only a temporary reprieve, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The US vote doesn’t matter – what matters is which story markets choose to believe

Despite all the hype, the result of the US mid-term elections is irrelevant to investors, says John Stepek. The markets will spin it whichever way they choose.

Why the strong US jobs data could be bad news for investors

US companies are employing more people than ever, and wages are rising. That’s good for American workers, but not so good for the stockmarkets. John Stepek explains why.

Markets slump as the central bank liquidity flood recedes

As central-bank largesse comes to an end, stocks are starting to look very highly valued indeed. Marina Gerner reports.

What’s next for US stockmarkets?

US stockmarkets are hugely volatile right now. It’s a shake-up that’s been a long-time coming. Dominic Frisby looks at the state of the markets, and where they might go next.

US stockmarket shrugs off global gloom

While China has slipped into bear-market territory and emerging markets are shrouded in uncertainty, the US stockmarket has hit a new record high.

Why the US dollar is key to the fate of global markets

As the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar underpins the global economy – its rise and fall determines how markets move. John Stepek looks at why it matters so much.

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