Enter Santa Man

An unforgiving autumn. U.S. stock investors have been stirred once again in recent weeks from their prolonged monetary stimulus-induced coma. Since its final peak in early October, the S&P 500 Index has fallen by more than -9% to date through Wednesday’s close and by more than -11% along the way on a peak-to-trough basis. Is the decade-long stock bull market finally over? Is now the time for investors to raise cash and head to the exits?

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Why The Next Bear Will Be Bad

Thought the month of October was bad? If so, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Why? Because the United States has been battling an increasingly challenging case of economic arrhythmia in recent years. And while potentially rather harmless and manageable at one time, policy makers have repeatedly refused to learn from the past, letting the problem fester and grow. Eventually, the rhythm is gonna get this market in a big time way.

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All Along The Watchtower

When it comes to investing, are you the joker or the thief?

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Still Bullish On Bonds

The bond market delivered a shock to the system this week. After quietly ending the trading day at 3.05% on Tuesday, the 10-Year U.S. Treasury yield exploded to the upside on Wednesday by 10 basis points to close at 3.15%. The benchmark Treasury yield reached as high as 3.21% early Thursday before settling back into the afternoon. This is a big move for bonds in just two trading days – think 70 points falling off the S&P 500 Index in a similar amount of time – and it raises an important question that many bond investors are left pondering as we head toward the end of the trading week. Is the long elusive inflationary beast finally being unleashed on capital markets?

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4 Reasons Why The Bull Market Has Further To Run

The U.S. stock market remains strong and resilient. While the expected returns on the S&P 500 Index over the next decade are modest at best and likely to come with bouts of sharp downside volatility, the short-term outlook remains constructive. Today’s stock bull market appears set to continue running higher in the coming months for several reasons.

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