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‘Sell in May and go away’ is a warning to stock investors now more than ever

Dow’s weakness since last Halloween is a bad omen for the next six months.‘Sell in May and go away’ is a warning to stock investors now more than ever

Why Goldman Sachs’ bullish turn is bearish for stocks

Market rally not being met with skepticism is a troubling sign.
Why Goldman Sachs’ bullish turn is bearish for stocks

This widely used stock valuation measure says the S&P 500 is 35% overpriced

Stock analyst’s discounted cash flow model calculation pegs S&P 500 fair value at 1,800, writes Mark Hulbert.
This widely used stock valuation measure says the S&P 500 is 35% overpriced

The next 45 days are the ‘most critical period in U.S. financial history,’ says stock-market expert who profited in 1987 and 2008 crises

“While on average we may face a bear market every 10 years, this one is like no other,” according to Alan B. Lancz.
The next 45 days are the ‘most critical period in U.S. financial history,’ says stock-market expert who profited in 1987 and 2008 crises

Why the stock market is nowhere near a bottom and investors can expect a massive hit

Strategist sees S&P 500 tumbling to as low as 1,275 before a bull market can resume.
Why the stock market is nowhere near a bottom and investors can expect a massive hit

Here’s proof about whether short sellers are making this bear market more painful

Short sale restrictions could be costly for all investors.
Here’s proof about whether short sellers are making this bear market more painful

Investors are cashing in from following the Fed, this chart shows

Investors are now following the mantra of following the Fed, buying any securities and assets that are eligible for the central bank’s asset purchasing and emergency lending programs.
Investors are cashing in from following the Fed, this chart shows

Disappointment on corporate earnings could undermine hopes for Fed to rescue markets, says ‘Warren Buffett of bonds’

Billions of dollars are flooding back into large swathes of the U.S. corporate bond-market and equities on the bet that the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented measures in recent weeks will make investors whole and limit the damage from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disappointment on corporate earnings could undermine hopes for Fed to rescue markets, says ‘Warren Buffett of bonds’

Target-date funds are failing those on the cusp of retirement

Market selloff underscores how having 50% in stocks is too risky for people who are retiring now.
Target-date funds are failing those on the cusp of retirement

More cuts to 401(k) matches are coming

Suspending matching contributions has become somewhat of a recession tradition
More cuts to 401(k) matches are coming

Hedge funds finally did in March what they’re supposed to do

Hedge fund returns were better than the broader market in the turmoil of March, after a long stretch of underperformance.
Hedge funds finally did in March what they’re supposed to do

Most Americans think coronavirus is long-term economic problem

As plans emerge to reopen parts of the U.S. economy, a new WSJ/NBC News poll shows the majority of Americans think it will be a long time before the economy can return to normal.
Most Americans think coronavirus is long-term economic problem

This FIRE couple was down $232,000 as of April 1. Here’s their plan

Steve and Courtney Adcock retired early. While they’ve lost six figures in the stock market, their plan to ride out the coronavirus-driven downturn includes an off-grid house in Arizona.
This FIRE couple was down $232,000 as of April 1. Here’s their plan

Tax season silver linings

Tax-loss harvesting can have tax benefits that will last for years or even decades. Ellie Ismailidou of MarketWatch explains how you can take advantage.
Tax season silver linings

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