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The U.S. economy won't collapse under the "weight" of the Fed based on how these sectors perform despite inflation and oil risks

The U.S. economy won’t collapse under the “weight” of the Fed based on how these sectors perform despite inflation and oil risks

Investors are trying to read the tea leaves on a choppy U.S. stock market to gauge whether its recent rise can continue after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sparked bullish sentiment in late November by indicating that his aggressive stock hikes interest rates could slow. “Stock market management is telling you that the economy is …

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Opinion: High debts and stagflation will bring the mother of all financial crises

Opinion: High debts and stagflation will bring the mother of all financial crises

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) – The global economy is heading for an unprecedented confluence of economic, financial and debt crises, following the explosion of deficits, borrowing and debt over the past few decades. In the private sector, the mountain of debt includes that of households (such as mortgages, credit cards, car loans, student loans, personal …

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The S&P 500 is about to cross a level that could spell the end of the bear market

The S&P 500 is about to cross a level that could spell the end of the bear market

The stock market has spat at times over the past three weeks, but statements from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday prompted the S&P 500 SPX, -0.09% jump above a technical resistance level at 4030 points. The benchmark is now challenging the downward 200-day moving average (MA) and the trendline that defines the bear …

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401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of 'Worrying', Says Vanguard

401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of ‘Worrying’, Says Vanguard

Amid stubbornly high inflation, a record proportion of Americans are turning their 401(K) accounts into emergency piggy banks, according to Vanguard. Dissecting data from a sample of about five million employer-sponsored 401(k) accounts that Vanguard manages, the researchers said that 0.5% made hardship withdrawals in October. It’s a “worrying” all-time high, said retirement savings and …

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Banks are more than $1 trillion short of capital, analyst says, who fears shortfall will only get worse

Banks are more than $1 trillion short of capital, analyst says, who fears shortfall will only get worse

The new year is fast approaching and one idea for where to invest is the banking sector, whose margins benefit from high interest rates, at undemanding valuations. This statement may surprise those who think that the US banking industry has about $2.2 trillion in capital. But it reduces that figure in several ways. First, he …

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Future Returns: Turning to Hedge Funds in Today's Market Uncertainty

Future Returns: Turning to Hedge Funds in Today’s Market Uncertainty

Amid equity and bond market volatility this year, hedge funds have largely served as a buffer for investors, and some private wealth managers expect these alternative investment vehicles to continue to deliver results over the the year to come. Although aggregate hedge fund returns fell 9.3% this year in the third quarter, large-cap US stocks …

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Why the stock market is suffering its worst rate hike cycle performance ever

Why the stock market is suffering its worst rate hike cycle performance ever

Anyone watching the market knows that stocks have been hammered since the Federal Reserve started in March, which turned into an aggressive series of interest rate hikes, but Deutsche Bank strategists say they might be surprised to learn that these rate hikes are probably not the culprit. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.32% has experienced a …

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'It wasn't sustainable or real': Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

‘It wasn’t sustainable or real’: Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

The number of layoffs in the tech sector this year is approaching the annual levels seen during the Great Recession, but is far from dot-com-bust territory. As tech companies grapple with falling stock prices, inflation, rising interest rates and a possible recession, they have announced more than 60,000 job cuts this year, with indications such …

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How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

This article is reproduced with permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet sheds light on people’s debt repayment journeys. This month, Jae Bratton shares how she and her husband focused on erasing debt, fueled by the hope of starting a family. My story of letting go of over $53,046 in debt over two teachers’ salaries …

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How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

This article is reproduced with permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet sheds light on people’s debt repayment journeys. This month, Jae Bratton shares how she and her husband focused on erasing debt, fueled by the hope of starting a family. My story of letting go of over $53,046 in debt over two teachers’ salaries …

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