US stockmarkets

Will the new Fed chairman’s bark be worse than his bite?

Jerome Powell is talking a tough game with the markets. But, says John Stepek, it won’t be too long before we find out just how hard-nosed he really is.

The charts that matter: it’s all about inflation now

Prices are rising in the US, and so far markets have taken it all in their stride, says John Stepek. The assumption is that the Fed won’t be making any sudden moves.

Time to short American stocks

Stock markets in the US have enjoyed a long bull run. But as Matthew Partridge explains, it’s time to take the other side of the bet.

Inflation is picking up in the US – and there’s more to come

At first, stocks reacted entirely predictably to the higher-than-expected inflation data from the US, says John Stepek. And then, something else happened.

Wish the new Fed chair luck – he’ll really, really need it

New Fed chief Jerome Powell is taking over just as the biggest, most influential trend in recent financial history is turning. Whatever he does next, markets will take a knock.

Things are looking up

There are some risks around, but in America and the rest of the world, the economic outlook is in general very good. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what you should be holding now.

US stocks shrug off the government shutdown

Last week Congress failed to approve a bill to continue funding government operations. But US equities have largely ignored the fuss, hitting yet more record highs.

The best investment ideas for 2018: bet on platinum and Phnom Penh

MoneyWeek’s regular contributors each pick one of their favourite investment ideas from around the world for 2018 and beyond.

Dow milestone is a dud

The Dow Jones reaching 25,000 has got newspapers all in a flap. That, as John Stepek explains, is just plain nonsense.

What happens before a market melts down? It melts up, of course

With signs of excess and irrational behaviour creeping in, the equity bull market is living on borrowed time. But before it crashes, it could surge another 30%, says John Stepek.

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