A specialist trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Bloodied bank stocks 2016 is shaping up to be a difficult year for investors in bank stocks. Credit Suisse shares plunged to a 24-year low last week (...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Hedge funds prove to be a suckers’ bet Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates has replaced George Soros as the all-time top-earning hedge fund manager, a(...)

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Global stocks have now fallen into bear market territory. Should investors be spooked, or are market downturns simply part and parcel of investing? Ho(...)

A specialist trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sell on the bounce Market sentiment may be awful but investors are not yet “max bearish”, indicating any bounces should be sold. So says Merrill Lync(...)

Fears regarding slowing iPhone sales have hit Apple hard

‘Sell everything’ is lousy advice “Sell everything.” So said RBS analyst Andrew Roberts last week, and his warning that 2016 would prove “cataclysmic”(...)

The bull and bear statues outside the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

The S&P 500, having endured its worst-ever beginning to a year, has suffered a double-digit correction since hitting all-time highs last May. Afte(...)

“Apple may well prove a value trap – who knows? – but the notion ‘value stocks in tech just do not work’ is pure fiction.” Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Bear market a reality for many investors A renewed bout of China-induced nervousness resulted in stocks selling off hard last week, triggering the us(...)

Wall Street strategists are as likely to underestimate bull markets as they are to overestimate bear markets. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Wall Street strategists expect stocks to climb next year, although many expect returns to be muted, while precious few are pounding the table for equi(...)

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett: shares in Berkshire Hathaway fell 11 per cent last year. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Wall Street strategists have been unusually muted regarding prospects for US equities in 2016. Instead, they’re gung-ho for Europe, predicting gains o(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in almost a decade recently.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Fed message was hawkish, not dovish This year has been dominated by chatter as to when the Federal Reserve would finally raise interest rates. Now tha(...)