Stocks crashing? No, but here’s why this bear market feels so painful — and what you can do about it.

Hashtags about a stock-market crash may be trending on Twitter, but the selloff that has sent U.S. equities into a bear market has been relatively orderly, say market professionals. But it’s likely to get more volatile — and painful — before the market stabilizes. It was indeed a white-knuckle ride for investors Friday as the … Read more

Tumbling Markets Imperil Tech, the Dollar, and Private Equity

Text size Japan has had to intervene to support the sliding yen for the first time since 1998, even as it tries to keep its interest rates low. Akio Kon/Bloomberg The world has been hooked on cheap money for years. Now we’re witnessing what withdrawal looks like. Lifting interest rates from nil has produced a … Read more

September Was Bad for Investors. October Could Be Worse.

Text size Market chaos has hit stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, and futures. It’s hard to see it ending soon. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images It’s a bumpy, volatile, no good, very bad market out there. Stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, and futures have been moving violently from day to day—and there’s probably more whiplash ahead The S&P … Read more

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel accuses Fed of making one of the biggest policy mistakes in its 110-year history

““I think we’re giving Powell too much praise. … The last two years are one of the biggest policy mistakes in the 110-year history of the Fed by staying so easy when everything was booming.”” — Jeremy Siegel Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel has a bone to pick with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The longtime … Read more

Why stock-market investors fear a full percentage point Fed rate hike would ‘unnerve’ Wall Street

With both U.S. stocks and bonds under pressure on Tuesday, some on Wall Street argue that investors are underestimating the possibility that the Fed might deliver a surprise 100 basis-point interest rate hike at the close of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday. While fed-funds futures traders overwhelmingly anticipate a hike of 75 basis points, … Read more

‘More pain to come’ for stocks as S&P 500 likely to bottom around 3,300, Interactive Brokers’ founder says

““I think there is more pain to come. I expect the market to bottom out around 3,300. As interest rates indicate today, the Fed still has quite a bit of work to do,”” — Thomas Peterffy, chairman and founder of Interactive Brokers Thomas Peterffy, the chairman and founder of Interactive Brokers, shared some thoughts about … Read more

Stock market’s June lows are back in sight after S&P 500 loses grip on 3,900

Stock-market bears maintained the upper hand last week, with the S&P 500 finishing Friday below a crucial chart support level that has technical analysts warning of a potential test of its June lows. “Over the last three years, the level on the [S&P 500] with the most amount of volume traded has been 3,900. It … Read more

Can the Fed tame inflation without crushing the stock market? What investors need to know.

The Federal Reserve isn’t trying to slam the stock market as it rapidly raises interest rates in its bid to slow inflation still running red hot — but investors need to be prepared for more pain and volatility because policy makers aren’t going to be cowed by a deepening selloff, investors and strategists said. “I … Read more

Why Is the Stock Market Down? It Knows the Worst Is Yet to Come.

Text size NYSE From a certain point onward, there is no turning back. The stock market reached that point this past week. Oh, the market was hopeful, entering the week, that inflation had reached its peak, that the Federal Reserve would stop raising rates soon, that the bottom was in. But Tuesday’s release of August’s … Read more

‘The psychology has changed so quickly’: Why stock-market lows may be retested as S&P 500 enters its weakest stretch of year

With summer winding down, the U.S. stock market is set up for a potentially shaky fall.  “Recession fears are the most likely trigger of a retest of the June lows,” said Ed Clissold, chief U.S. strategist at Ned Davis Research, in an Aug. 31 note. “From a seasonality perspective, a retest could come in the … Read more