Stock bulls are telling themselves a lot of lies about this market

The U.S. stock market is overvalued now, period. That would be worth keeping in mind at any time, of course, but especially now with the major market averages significantly off their late-April peaks. If current valuations were reasonable, then we could count on them to provide a safety net below this market. Unfortunately we can’t. Yet many stock-market bulls contend […]

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Can Trump’s trade tussle sink a chance at the longest economic expansion in history?

So close, but so far away. The longest economic expansion in U.S. history is within striking distance but a period of escalating tariff animus between the U.S. and some of its closest global trade partners is producing headwinds to etching a record span of growth, exceeding 120 months. According to the official arbiter of U.S. economic health, the National Bureau […]

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Tech investors are buying the dip, even as trade concerns unsettle the overall stock market

Stock-market weakness in May has been attributed to fears over global growth and rising U.S.-China trade tensions, concerns that have helped to push trade-sensitive sectors like information technology, industrials and materials into a severe pullback. So far in May, the Information Technology sector XLK, +0.07% has lost 7.4%, as measured by the Technology Select Sector SPDR fund, while the materials […]

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U.S. stocks are dangerously close to a classic ‘sell’ signal

(Updates story with Wednesday’s closing stock-market prices.) There’s a number being whispered among stock market traders, and the whispers just got a little louder. The number: 2,770. That’s the level where the tumbling S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.69% would trigger a closely watched sell signal, potentially setting off a broader alarm, selling pressure and further falls. The S&P 500’s close Wednesday: […]

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The new math of saving for retirement may boil down to this one, absurdly simple rule

“Eventually, I’ll stop working.” Most of us think that and know it will happen, but millions of us worry whether we’re saving enough to live on once we do. We want to know: How much of my earnings should I set aside? What’s the magic number? 3%? 5%? 10%? More? What your financial adviser won’t tell you: Unfortunately, the retirement […]

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