With two years’ worth of Questor columns under his belt, James Ashton shares some of the lessons he has learnt about stock tipping In the two years during which I have written The Sunday Telegraph’s Questor column I have become used to gleaning information from all directions. Confidence moves share prices, and that has been in short supply as Brexit nears. Those geopolitical gyrations, the demands of activist investors and actions of short sellers have often crowded out the voices of City analysts who stick close to the fundamentals. But there are other factors I bear in mind when evaluating a stock’s prospects, such as the psychology of business leaders who are intent on leaving on a high,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about Questor: ‘I’ve tipped 100 stocks – this is what I’ve learnt’
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BALTIMORE – Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression. Wall Street's sustained slump has been fueled by investor concerns about lower corporate profits, higher corporate debt, a festering trade war between the United States and China and a broader global slowdown. And the worries are mounting. On Wednesday, stocks tumbled over concerns that the Federal Reserve will continue raising rates. And they plunged again Thursday as President Donald Trump appeared open to a partial government shutdown unless he receives funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. So is a U.S. recession imminent? Not necessarily. Plenty of economic gauges suggest that far from being derailed by a stock market that's set to suffer its first annual loss in a decade, the $20 trillion U.S. economy is barreling forward. Employers are hiring, consumers are spending ahead of the holidays and … [Read more...] about Stock market woes raise a nagging fear: Is a recession near?
President Donald Trump loves two things very much: tariffs and a rising stock market. It’s becoming increasingly clear he can’t have both. Free-traders inside and outside the White House are now hoping that Trump’s love for new highs on Wall Street will temper his commitment to trade battles and help bring the current fight with China to a soft landing rather than total war next year. “I think Trump the Dow Jones Man is ultimately going to eat Trump the Tariff Man,” said one former senior administration official intimately familiar with the president’s stock market obsession, citing Trump’s touting of a recent agreement to hold off on increased tariffs after a dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “What he agreed to after that dinner had basically been on the table for two years. He knew he had to give Wall Street something.” Both markets and Trump are fixated on the Federal Reserve this week, with the central bank expected to … [Read more...] about Trump can’t have his tariffs and the stock market too
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 18, 2018 No doubt, 2018 is ending with an economic thud. Fear that the next recession is around the corner has been knocking down stock prices and our 401(k) plans: If you've been watching the stock market slump in the final quarter of 2018, you know it’s been a dreary stretch. Word that General Motors will be aiming to close some factories next year – five plants in the U.S. and Canada – only fuels the worry. What started as a fairly optimistic year is gradually turning more and more pessimistic. Yet will 2019 really be as bad as some might think it looks? Here's a glimpse at what could happen ahead: What about the next recession? Sure, more red flags are out there – including mounting corporate debt, higher borrowing costs and the ongoing tariffs that are part of the trade war. We saw shocking, one-day declines of 559 points and 799 … [Read more...] about Recession 2019? Not so fast: What will affect your finances next year
Washington – Having raised interest rates with steady regularity in recent months, the Federal Reserve may embrace a new message this week: Flexibility. On Wednesday, the Fed is set to announce its fourth rate hike of the year. But after this week, no one is sure what it will do. Neither, most likely, is the Fed itself.A confluence of factors -- a global slowdown, a U.S.-China trade war, still-mild inflation, stomach-churning drops in stock prices -- may have left Fed officials weighing a shift in policy. Many analysts think the central bank will signal Wednesday that it's considering whether to slow or suspend its rate hikes in 2019 to avoid weakening the economy too much. And some predict that the rate increases, which began three years ago, will end altogether next year.Wall Street plunged again on Monday, pushing stocks to their lowest levels in more than a year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 507 points after a 496-point drop on Friday as investors appeared to be … [Read more...] about Fed rate moves for 2019: The suspense is building