A sustained increase in stock prices over a period of time greater than one week is a stock market rally. Market rallies can last months or even years. There are up days and down days, but overall, the market moves higher over a period of time. The late 1990s saw one of the longest stock market rallies in history.
So the S&P 500 has touched the 2,000 mark.Will the S&P 500 continue to march to new highs?Well, my opinion towards the stock market hasn’t changed. I remain skeptical for a variety of reasons, many of which I have shared with my readers over the past few months.But I have a new concern about the stock market, something that hasn’t. Read More
If you follow the financial news, it feels like the stock market is moving higher and higher…a situation in which investors often feel they are missing out.But the reality of the situation is very different. So far this year, almost eight full months in, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up only three percent.Would you buy stocks with. Read More
Not too long ago, I reported that Italy, the third-biggest economy in the eurozone, had fallen back into recession.Now Germany’s economy is pulling back. In the second quarter of 2014, the largest economy in the eurozone witnessed a decline in its gross domestic product (GDP)—the first decline in Germany’s GDP since the first. Read More
Let’s start with the U.S. housing market. Has the recovery for it ended or just stalled?My answer comes in one sentence: While it’s always a matter of location, only the high-end housing market is doing well, while the general market is weak.I can see it in the mortgage numbers. People just aren’t taking loans to buy homes in the U.S.. Read More
There are two important charts I want my readers to see this morning.The first is a chart that is an indirect measure of demand in the global economy. Right now, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) sits at its lowest level of the year. Since the beginning of 2014, the BDI has fallen 60%.The BDI measures the cost of moving major raw materials by sea in. Read More