Watch out if you’re male, over 45, and think you know about investing

The stock market’s recent weakness could be particularly hazardous to your wealth if you’re male, above the age of 45, married, have more dependents, or think you have excellent investment knowledge. That’s because investors in these demographic categories are more likely to react to the market’s decline by freaking out and “panic selling.” And if … Read more

This idiot-proof portfolio has beaten traditional stocks and bonds over 50 years

Do you have the right portfolio for your retirement savings? When it comes to long-term investing, the biggest issue – by far – is overall asset allocation: How much to stocks, sectors, assets and so on. Picking individual securities within those asset classes – individual stocks or bonds, for example – usually turns out to … Read more

Why is the stock market falling? Dow drops over 600 points as investors weigh Fed’s policy path, earnings

US stocks fell sharply Friday, extending losses as investors weighed up hawkish comments on interest rates by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and a fresh batch of corporate earnings that largely disappointed. How are stocks trading? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.54% was down 608 points, or 1.7%, at 34,186. The S&P 500 SPX, … Read more

Municipal Bonds Are Down So Much That They’re Buys Again

Text size Al Drago / Bloomberg A funny thing happened in the past week, as news emerged of inflation hitting a four-decade high. A few strategists started looking a bit more positively on bonds, or at least somewhat less negatively. March consumer prices were 8.5% above their level a year earlier, while producer prices were … Read more

US stock futures steady early Monday as traders weigh prospect of more sanctions on Russia

US stock index futures were little changed early Monday as traders weighed the prospect of further sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine. After the S&P 500 index posted a third straight week of gains on Friday, evidence of potential war crimes by Russia over the weekend prompted the EU and US to push … Read more

Russia will likely default with April 4 payment due of $ 2.2 billion, experts say

Investors breathed a sigh of relief last week after the Russian government made a $ 117 million interest payment on its foreign debt. But a much bigger payment comes due April 4 – to the tune of $ 2.2 billion – and creditors are far less optimistic Russia will pony up this time. “The last … Read more