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Any September slippage is likely to be temporary. Photograph: iStock

September has historically been the stock market’s worst month. With the S&P 500 up seven months in a row, is it time for some seasonal slippage? (...)

A public screen displays the Nasdaq and S&P 500 figures in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Stocktake noted recently that 2021 has been an unusually easy year for investors. Since then, things have got even easier. How easy? Well, the S&(...)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst day since October on Monday last week only to recover almost all of its losses the following day. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Markets have been jittery recently. And they may yet get more jittery, but investors ought to remember there’s nothing abnormal about market volatilit(...)

History suggests stocks can continue to gain, but a bumpier ride may be in store. File photograph: Getty Images

The first half of 2021 has been an unusually strong one for stocks. Is the second half likely to be trickier? Investors certainly have reason to be p(...)

 Market weakness today is masked by the recent outperformance of large-cap giants such as Apple and Facebook. File photograph: Timo Lenzen/The New York Times

United States indices keep hitting all-time highs but under-the-surface action suggests all may not be as well as it appears. Until recently, the ral(...)

The Vix, or fear index, has fallen to subdued levels, as has volatility in the foreign exchange markets. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

After a rip-roaring start to 2021, stock markets have become, well, boring. The S&P 500 has basically gone nowhere since April, eking out a 1 per(...)

The old ‘sell in May and go away’ line was doing the rounds in the first half of the month. Image: iStock

The old “sell in May and go away” line was doing the rounds in the first half of May as stocks sold off, only for markets to quickly regain their loss(...)

History suggests any trouble will be fleeting. Photograph: iStock

Stocks keep going up. It can’t continue – or can it? Investors could be forgiven for seeing recent strength as unsustainable. Being up by more than 10(...)

History suggests further gains are likely, says LPL Research’s Ryan Detrick. Photograph: iStock

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, markets were in freefall. The S&P 500 had lost more than a third of its value in less than a(...)

February was a mixed month for stock markets. File photograph: Justin Lane

February was a mixed month for stock markets. The Bloomberg World index began the month with 11 consecutive daily gains, notes Bespoke Investments, be(...)

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