Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

It’s easy to want to duck for cover given the carnage seen this year in stocks and bonds, particularly with the Federal Reserve vowing to wage an unconditional battle against high inflation. While inflation running at a 40-year high still sits near the top of the list of worries for many investors, another potential bugaboo … Read more

The S&P 500 could slide another 33% in a ’70s-style inflation environment: Societe Generale

The S&P 500 could slide another 33% in a '70s-style inflation environment: Societe Generale

The bear market in stocks probably isn’t over — and could have much longer to run if the economy falls into a 1970s-style stagflation scenario, a Wall Street equities strategist warned this week. The S&P 500 officially entered a bear market last week, falling more than 20% from its Jan. 3 record finishes. The US … Read more

Why stocks and bonds went into relief-rally mode after Fed’s jumbo rate hike

Why stocks and bonds went into relief-rally mode after Fed's jumbo rate hike

Financial markets suffered an absolute bloodbath in the days leading up to Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision, with stocks plunging and bond yields soaring in the wake of surprisingly hot inflation data — a sign that investors feared a more Volcker-esque reaction from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and the rest of the Federal Open Market … Read more

Tightening of financial conditions accelerates, recession fears grow as May CPI report becomes multi-day trading event

Tightening of financial conditions accelerates, recession fears grow as May CPI report becomes multi-day trading event

Financial markets convulsed on Monday as investors considered the prospects of US inflation accelerating, not decelerating, after the release of May’s consumer-price index report. Signs of the sentiment shift since Friday’s data release were evident in the fast-paced tightening of financial conditions, plus an outlook for more aggressive Federal Reserve rate hikes. Gains in the … Read more

Fed’s quantitative tightening is about to arrive: What that might mean for markets

Fed's quantitative tightening is about to arrive: What that might mean for markets

The Federal Reserve’s almost $9 trillion portfolio is about to be reduced starting on Wednesday, in a process intended to supplement rate hikes and buttress the central bank’s fight against inflation. While the precise impact of “quantitative tightening” in financial markets is still up for debate, analysts at the Wells Fargo Investment Institute and Capital … Read more

Even this pessimistic Bank of America strategist says the bear-rally bandwagon has room to charge ahead

Even this pessimistic Bank of America strategist says the bear-rally bandwagon has room to charge ahead

Fixes the headline to clarify that it’s a bear rally, not a bear market, that the analyst says will continue. A stock market which has seen five straight advances for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA still doesn’t have many believers. After meeting clients in the UK, Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at Bank of … Read more

Howard Marks explains how to avoid crashes by learning to recognize signs of bull-market excess

Howard Marks explains how to avoid crashes by learning to recognize signs of bull-market excess

Oaktree Capital founder Howard Marks is a boldfaced name on Wall Street, equally well known for his firm’s performance as for his lengthy investor letters that he periodically publishes free online to reach the widest possible audience. As stocks plunged earlier this month, Marks — who built one of the most successful distressed-debt funds in … Read more

Dividend stocks have trounced the market this year. Here are 15 high-yield stocks expected to raise payouts the most through 2024

Dividend stocks have trounced the market this year.  Here are 15 high-yield stocks expected to raise payouts the most through 2024

The stock market, shocked by the Federal Reserve’s policy changes to fight inflation, has been gored this year, with growth and technology companies bearing the brunt of the biggest declines. Dividend stocks, in contrast, have actually risen. Below is a screen of the components of the S&P 500 High Yield Index expected to raise their … Read more

Elon Musk’s Belated Disclosure of Twitter Stake Triggers Regulators’ Probes

Elon Musk's Belated Disclosure of Twitter Stake Triggers Regulators' Probes

WASHINGTON—Federal regulators are investigating Elon Musk’s late disclosure last month of his sizable stake in Twitter Inc., TWTR -2.48% according to people familiar with the matter, a lag that allowed him to buy more stock without alerting other shareholders to his ownership. The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing Mr. Musk’s tardy submission of a … Read more