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Since 1950 almost all US market gains have occurred over the November-April period. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Stocks have surged of late and seasonally-minded investors will expect further gains in the coming weeks and months. November has been the best month(...)

Global profit expectations are ‘down huge’ since last month, says Bank of America’s latest monthly fund manager survey. Photograph: AFP via Getty

US stocks are back near all-time highs, but fund managers are far from euphoric, according to Bank of America’s (BofA) latest monthly fund manager sur(...)

September marked the first monthly decline in seven months. Photograph: iStock

The S&P 500’s long winning streak – it spent 227 trading days within 5 per cent of all-time highs – has ended. Have the bears finally wrested con(...)

Wall Street, New York. The S&P 500 remains well above its 200-day moving average. Photograph: iStock

The market headlines have been grim lately, but the bull market still looks strong. The S&P 500, for example, remains well above its 200-day mov(...)

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(...)

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