Rain storm outside the New York Stock Exchange: declines are part of investing in stocks. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

It’s easy to feel a bit foolish during a bear market, especially when the “I told you so” brigade point out how you could have protected your portfoli(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

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

Merger record signals maturing bull run This year has been a record year for global mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity. Might this indicate ma(...)

Workers at an Amazon warehouse: the company, one of the so-called four ‘fang stocks’, is a major reason why the S&P 500 was in the black in 2015.  Photograph: REUTERS/Fred Greaves

The S&P 500 is in danger of recording its first calendar year loss since 2008, with a handful of high-flying technology stocks keeping the index a(...)

Nervy stocks rise/fall One clear sign of market nerves is when correlations spike, with stocks rising and falling in unison. That’s certainly the cas(...)

Stocks have delivered average annual returns of more than 9 per cent [since 1945], but you don’t get to collect those returns if you bail out every time markets get the jitters. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Large sections of the media tend to get a little hysterical during stock market corrections, adopting a “pack up the kids” tone that aims to scare the(...)

Profiting from the market panics Market panics are unnerving, but they’re also times of great opportunity. On Monday last week, Apple – which had trad(...)

Mounting fears regarding a global slowdown have hit stocks recently, but Merrill Lynch’s latest monthly fund manager survey indicates a rebound may(...)

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently changed their recommendation for Apple stock from “buy” to “neutral,” and lowered their target share price from $142 to $130. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

What’s up with Apple? Everyone seems to be freaked out by Apple’s falling share price. Should they be? The recent 15 per cent correction has been swif(...)

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