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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(...)

Market advances tend to be relatively slow, steady affairs that build over time, but declines are often rapid and violent.   Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Stock markets have taken a pounding since coronavirus swept across the world. Adopting a “keep calm and carry on” attitude isn’t easy when you’re cont(...)

Most strategists agree that the US, driven by surging growth from technology stocks such as Apple and Amazon, has earned its leadership role. Photograph: Paul Sakuma/AP Photo

The soaring US stock market has led the world over the past 10 years, but a growing number of strategists are cautioning that the 2020s may prove to b(...)

Over the past five quarters, notes CNBC’s Michael Santoli, stocks generated annualised gains of 8.9 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Global stocks have just enjoyed their best year since the financial crisis in 2009, with the rally led by the US market; including dividends, the S&am(...)

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