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Opinion: 8 ways to protect your money if you think stocks are headed even lower

I know what you’re thinking: Why, oh why, didn’t we all just “sell in May and go away” like that stupid Wall Street saying recommended? Plenty of other articles will hash out the hows and whys behind recent volatility. This is about potential actions to take via tactical alternatives and defensive strategies that may be … Read more

The Fed could turn the housing market from boom to bust

Herb Stein famously said that if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. Those buying houses in the belief that today’s rapid rate of home price increases will continue indefinitely might take note of the economist’s adage. With the Federal Reserve beginning to remove the punchbowl that has juiced the industry’s impressive recent boom, … Read more

These 10 stocks in the S&P 500 soared at least 8% after the Fed made its big move — but only 3 have gains for 2022

Wednesday turned into a big day for stocks — the S&P 500 index had its largest one-day percentage gain in nearly two years — after the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate by half a percentage point and announced plans to begin reducing its bond portfolio next month. But key stock-market benchmarks — and … Read more

With interest rates rising, it’s time to focus on MANG stocks instead of FAANG, according to Jefferies

Heading into the Federal Open Market Committee’s policy meeting, analysts at Jefferies on May 3 advised investors to avoid the popular FAANG + Microsoft group of stocks. They pointed instead to a group they named MANG. We’ll compare the two groups below. The FAANG group — Facebook holding company Meta Platforms Inc. FB† Apple Inc. … Read more

Powell wants to get rates closer to neutral. But what’s that? Think between 5% and 6%, former top Fed staffer says

With inflation surging higher than anyone expected, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, has laid out a policy path where the Fed is going to move quickly to get its policy rate up to “to a more neutral level” of interest rates, and maybe higher if needed . “There is an obvious need to move expeditiously to … Read more

These numbers are bad news if you’re trying to buy or refinance a house

New York CNN Business † Bad news for anyone trying to buy a house or refinance an existing loan: The yield on the benchmark 10-year US Treasury note, which influences how much consumers pay for mortgages and a variety of other loans, briefly topped the 3% level Monday for the first time since December 2018. … Read more

Why a fragile stock market faces danger from rising real yields as ‘TINA’ trade fades

Rising inflation-adjusted yields in the US are undermining the long-running trade in which investors favor stocks over other asset classes, and are aimed to hit the technology sector even harder. That trade — known as “TINA,” an acronym for “There Is No Alternative” to equities — is being increasingly tested by real yields, which have … Read more

US home prices rose by nearly 20% year-over-year in February

CNN † US home prices continued to surge higher in February. Prices rose 19.8% year-over-year in February, an even higher rate than the 19.2% growth seen in January, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index. Phoenix, Tampa and Miami reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 US cities tracked by … Read more

How to invest as inflation, higher interest rates and war roil markets

Is art, wine or bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.13% a good alternative bet in these uncertain times, particularly as investors in stocks and bonds reel from a bruising start to 2022? With few corners of financial markets left unscathed by volatility tied to rising interest rates, a surge in the cost of living, and Russia’s war in … Read more