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Buying at all-time highs might seem risky but waiting for a correction can be a very costly and painful affair. Photograph: iStock

Global stocks are at all-time highs, having gained more than 60 per cent since March’s bottom. If you missed out on the rally, should you wait for sto(...)

An Exxon petrol station in Arlington, Virginia. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Oil giant Exxon Mobil has been having a tough time of it lately. Shares recently fell in 18 out of 19 trading days – the worst losing streak in the pa(...)

Fewer than 1 per cent panicked and sold all of their stocks. Photograph: iStock

Huge first-quarter losses followed by huge second-quarter gains means the S&P 500 fell only 2.7 per cent in the first half of the year. That small(...)

Prior to last Thursday’s selloff, the S&P 500 was flat for the year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

If you hadn’t been paying attention, you might think 2020 has been a boring year for stocks. Prior to last Thursday’s sell-off, the S&P 500 was fl(...)

Americans have been using government stimulus cheques to buy stocks.  Photograph; Getty Images

Ordinary punters everywhere continue to turn their attention to stock market trading. The Financial Times last week reported Japan’s five main online (...)

The sun sets behind smoke rising from the LyondellBasell refining plant in Houston, Texas, on April 20th, the day US crude oil prices ended in negative territory for the first time. Photograph: Mark FelixAFP

What’s next for oil prices? Given no one foresaw what happened last week, when oil prices went negative for the first time in history, it may be wise (...)

Democratic strategist Justin Horwitz’s comment – “Everything that is wrong with America, in one image” – went viral, but the howls of outrage were misplaced.

Some people have been getting all worked up over a recent screenshot of CNBC host Jim Cramer featuring two contrasting headlines; “The Dow’s best week(...)

Ignore overconfident forecasters, says Ritholtz Wealth Management’s Ben Carlson

The frequency of bear market rallies is also noted by Ritholtz Wealth Management’s Ben Carlson. Stocks gained over 25 per cent during the 2007-09 cras(...)

Warrne Buffet is sitting on a record $128 billion in cash. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

You can feel pretty stupid during bear markets. You think back on how you ignored those negative headlines emanating from China in January and Februar(...)

US stocks have experienced their fastest-ever move from all-time highs to a bear market. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The longest bull market in history has been followed by the fastest bear market in history. No two bear markets are the same and the current one is un(...)

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