Nasdaq  was 16 per cent above its 200-day average last week after eight consecutive daily gains. Photograph: Sharron Stapleton/Reuters

Stocks have done very well over the last few months but not everyone is flying high. Rather, the big stocks have done the heavy lifting, resulting in (...)

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(...)

The five largest stocks in the S&P 500 – Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook – account for 21.4 per cent of the index. Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

The deepest recession on record, unprecedented levels of unemployment, oil prices going negative for the first time in history – who would have believ(...)

March was like eight average months stuffed into one, says Ritholtz Wealth Management’s Nick Maggiulli.

The S&P 500 fell 4.4 per cent last Wednesday, its worst start to a quarter. You may not have noticed: huge one-day price moves have, as S&P Do(...)

Wall Street, New York. It took only 20 trading days in the current descent for the Dow Jones to fall from all-time highs into a bear market. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hard to keep up with today’s markets. “We believe the S&P 500 bull market will soon end2,” Goldman Sachs said last Wednesday, predicting the(...)

Various behavioural biases impact on how  investors react to an uncertain market climate. Photograph:  Eamonn Farrell/

Investor nerves have been jangling since Covid-19 infected the stock market. Some strategists say a vicious bear market is ahead, while others argue t(...)

Traders work through the closing minutes of trading on the New York Stock Exchange floor on Tuesday. Photograph:  Scott Heins/Getty Images

Corrections typically generate hyperbole aplenty, with headline writers petrifying their readers by stressing how stocks have just suffered one of the(...)

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(...)

Higher prices mean more acute risks, so future earnings now need to be ‘great, not just good’. Photograph: Reuters

Markets have been oddly strong for some time now, hitting all-time high after all-time high. How notable is this strength? Well, Quantifiable Edges bl(...)

 US President Donald Trump meets with China’s President Xi Jinping: Th US and China have agreed in principle to phase out tariffs imposed in the ongoing trade war.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Global stocks edged higher last week after China announced that it and the US had agreed in principle to phase out tariffs imposed in the ongoing trad(...)

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