Put half a dozen investment experts in a room and you will usually get six different opinions on stock markets. But as we head for 2019, there is a little more consensus than usual. Nearly everyone is saying that the year ahead is going to be a difficult one for investors - although it will not be without its opportunities. Nick Dixon is investment director at financial services company Aegon. He believes that next year will be 'challenging' for investors, with uncertainty 'driven by slowing global growth, Brexit and the uncertain pace of interest rate rises'. One in three fund managers think the UK and the US could offer the best investment returns It is a view shared by Darius McDermott, managing director of investment fund scrutineer Fund-Calibre. He says: 'I think 2019 could be another difficult year for investors. It may be a volatile 12 months and investors could be well-served taking a look at their portfolios and rebalancing any biases that exist.' In other words, … [Read more...] about How UK may see a surprise stock market boost in 2019
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Adam Shell USA TODAY Published 2:56 PM EST Dec 4, 2018 So much for the all-clear sign on Wall Street. Just when it looked like the battered bull was healing, the Dow Jones industrial average suffered a drop of more than 700 points Tuesday when the bond market sent an ominous signal: The yield on the two-year U.S. government bond rose above the interest rate paid out by five-year notes. Why the pessimism over that obscure-sounding shift? Historically, when short-term rates rise above longer rates -- which is dubbed an "inversion of the yield curve" -- it signals an economic slowdown is coming. "Investors are questioning whether the Treasury market is telegraphing a more material economic slowdown," says Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial. But fears of a coming recession weren't the only thing worrying investors. Other fears dragging down stock prices Tuesday include: Fading glow of trade cease fire The optimism following the cease-fire on … [Read more...] about Why is stock market down today? Yield curve sends warning to investors
Fred Imbert CNBC Published 12:35 PM EST Dec 4, 2018 Stocks fell sharply on Tuesday as investors worried about a bond-market phenomenon signaling a possible economic slowdown. Lingering worries around U.S.-China trade also sent jitters down Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as much as 600 points, led by losses in Apple. Shares of Apple dropped 3.3 percent after HSBC downgraded the company's stock to hold from buy as it faces "the reality of market saturation." The S&P 500 declined 2 percent as the financials sector lagged. The Nasdaq Composite also dropped 2.3 percent. The yield on the three-year Treasury note surpassed its five-year counterpart on Monday. When a so-called yield curve inversion happens — short-term yields trading above longer-term rates — a recession could follow, though it is often years away after the signal triggers. Long-term rates fell to session lows around … [Read more...] about Why the stock market rally has stalled
The Azov Sea has coastlines on Ukraine, Russia and Ukrainian-but-Russian-occupied Crimea, the latter of which it is divided from the Black Sea by. Last weekend, Russian military forces fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Azov’s “free navigation” waters. This was a pre-planned attack with three separate objectives. First, military consolidation in the wider Black Sea. Second, to send a strong signal to the international community of Russia’s dominance in the waters surrounding Crimea. Third, to further disturb Ukraine’s domestic political waters prior to its elections next year. This military flare-up is important. For five years now, Russia has denied any involvement, claiming it was either “local rebels” or Russian citizen “volunteers” in unmarked uniforms helping their Ukrainian “brothers”. Now, for the first time since the Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilisation … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Why are Russian forces attacking Ukraine in the Sea of Azov?
Adam Shell USA TODAY Published 12:01 AM EST Nov 8, 2018 As stock market reactions go, the rally on Wednesday following news of a divided U.S. government was about as far from a scary Brexit-like moment as you could get. Power, politics and money collided following the Nov. 6 midterm elections, as the Democrats snatched back control of the House, prompting stocks to do what they have historically done once election uncertainty fades and clarity over the outcome emerges: They rose. The Dow Jones industrial average and broader Standard & Poor's 500 index each rallied more than 2 percent on Wednesday, the first full day of trading following the midterms. "Markets like certainty, which we now have, and the split result is what (Wall Street) expected," says Thorne Perkin, president of Papamarkou Wellner Asset Management in New York. So what comes next for markets? And what does the shifting political landscape mean for 401(k) investors and their money? … [Read more...] about Midterm elections 2018: Why 401(k)s, stocks benefit after the vote