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U.S. stocks aim for gains in volatile trade after Fed raises interest rates for first time in 4 years, signals more to come

U.S. stocks aim for gains in volatile trade after Fed raises interest rates for first time in 4 years, signals more to come

A U.S. stocks rally lost steam, with the Dow briefly turning negative Wednesday afternoon, after the Federal Reserve pulled the trigger on its first interest rate hike since 2018, while indicating more rate increases and balance sheet reduction will follow. Investors also watched Ukraine-Russia developments and a quick retreat in oil prices from recent highs. …

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Two years of COVID-19: How the pandemic changed the way we shop, work, invest and get medical care

Two years of COVID-19: How the pandemic changed the way we shop, work, invest and get medical care

It was two years ago Friday that the World Health Organization officially declared the then-rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Many of us waved goodbye to co-workers as we headed home for what was supposed to be a two- or three-week stint in mid-March 2020.  But, from that point on, COVID-19, the name given in …

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Dow skids about 750 points, U.S. stocks drop sharply as Russia says it will begin attacks on Kyiv

Dow skids about 750 points, U.S. stocks drop sharply as Russia says it will begin attacks on Kyiv

U.S. stocks tumbled Tuesday afternoon, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average showing the sharpest decline, as Russia stepped up attacks on Ukraine and warned it would begin “high-precision” strikes on the capital, Kyiv. How are stock indexes performing? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -2.12% fell 765 points, or 2.3%, to about 33,138 The S&P …

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Ukraine war, surging inflation and wild price swings: Here's how some see the state of stock market as Biden readies crucial State of the Union.

Ukraine war, surging inflation and wild price swings: Here’s how some see the state of stock market as Biden readies crucial State of the Union.

What’s the state of the market? That’s what many on Wall Street want to know, amid a continuing war in Eastern Europe, doggedly high inflation, stomach-churning volatility in stocks and other assets, and a Federal Reserve that is slowly draining Wall Street’s punchbowl of easy money. “We’re calling the state of the markets today fragile,” Greg …

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Will Fed rate hikes crush the stock market? Here's why speed matters

Will Fed rate hikes crush the stock market? Here’s why speed matters

With the Federal Reserve all but certain to begin raising interest rates in March, market prognosticators have been quick to reassure investors that history shows stocks tend to do just fine as policy makers embark on a monetary policy tightening cycle. But like most things related to markets, there’s more to the story. It turns …

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Junk-bond issuance pauses as Russia threatens Ukraine, with spreads at their widest level in a year

Junk-bond issuance pauses as Russia threatens Ukraine, with spreads at their widest level in a year

After a two-year borrowing blitz, U.S. companies with risky credit ratings hit pause on new debt financing in the past week, as the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine adds to market troubles. President Joe Biden on Friday said that, while a Russian invasion of Ukraine could come in a matter of days, and …

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How fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine put open-source intelligence in spotlight

How fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine put open-source intelligence in spotlight

Welcome to war in the age of big data. Readily available satellite images, alongside TikTok videos, Twitter and other social media platforms have taken much of the element of surprise out of warfare and preparations for war. Look no further than the tensions surrounding Ukraine as the world worries over the potential for a Russian …

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What a Russian invasion of Ukraine would mean for markets as Biden warns Putin of 'severe costs'

What a Russian invasion of Ukraine would mean for markets as Biden warns Putin of ‘severe costs’

Investors on Friday got a taste of the sort of market shock that could come if Russia invades Ukraine. The spark came as Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, warned Friday afternoon that Russia could attack Ukraine “any day now,” with Russia’s military prepared to begin an invasion if ordered by Russian President …

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Inflation will hurt both stocks and bonds, so you need to rethink how you'll hedge risks

Inflation will hurt both stocks and bonds, so you need to rethink how you’ll hedge risks

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate)—Rising inflation in the United States and around the world is forcing investors to assess the likely effects on both “risky” assets (generally stocks) and “safe” assets (such as U.S. Treasury bonds). The traditional investment advice is to allocate wealth according to the 60/40 rule: 60% of one’s portfolio should be in higher-return but more …

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What ETFs are retail investors loading up amid stock market volatility? Here's what some are doing (and aren't).

What ETFs are retail investors loading up amid stock market volatility? Here’s what some are doing (and aren’t).

Hello there! Got volatility? We bet you do as the Federal Reserve signaled on Wednesday that interest rate increases in 2022 are its main priority. There is nothing new there, as investors had expected as many as four rate hikes this year, but the message is being fine-tuned. Fed boss Jerome Powell wanted to emphasize …

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