Why this year suddenly fell apart on Wall Street, and what’s ahead

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Description: Everything was going right for the stock market until Oct. 3. Then everything went wrong. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 31, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/31/why-this-year-suddenly-fell-apart-on-wall-street-and-whats-ahead.html Questions for discussion: What went wrong, according to the report? What has happened since the start of 2019?

Opinion: Stock-market investors, it’s time to hear the ugly truth

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Description: The Federal Reserve is propping up the market — and here’s the evidence Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Jan 05, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-investors-its-time-to-hear-the-ugly-truth-2019-01-05 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the role played by the Fed? Do you agree with this assessment? Should this information influence investing decisions?

Dimon says Fed will likely still hike rates in December despite market turmoil

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Description:  Despite the stock market sell-off this week, J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon predicts the Federal Reserve will likely still raise interest rates in December. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 05, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/dimon-says-fed-will-likely-still-hike-rates-in-december-despite-market-turmoil.html Questions for discussion: What does Jamie Dimon have to say about interest rates and the economy? Do you agree with his assessments and interest… Read more »

Leon Cooperman says SEC needs to investigate computer trading for causing ‘Wild West’ with markets

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Description: Omega Advisors founder Leon Cooperman on Thursday blamed the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to address the impact computerized trading has had on the broader market and how it exacerbates volatility during market swings. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 06, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/leon-cooperman-says-sec-needs-to-investigate-computer-trading-for-causing-wild-west-with-markets.html Questions for discussion: What does Leon Cooperman say about the recent… Read more »

Hedge fund titan Ray Dalio says the world is counting on stocks going up and that will mean trouble in a bear market

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Description: Hedge fund magnate Ray Dalio warned investors on Thursday the next bear market could be very painful since most are not prepared for it. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 15, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/hedge-fund-king-ray-dalio-says-the-world-is-long-stocks-and-that-will-mean-trouble-in-a-bear-market.html Questions for discussion: Explain the concerns expressed by Ray Dalio in the interview. Do you think he is overly concerned about… Read more »

Stocks surge to best post-midterm rally in more than 30 years

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Description: Stocks soared as the results of the US midterm elections panned out as anticipated, with Democrats winning back control of the House of Representatives and Republicans retaining the Senate. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 07, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-jump-election-results-meet-expectations-143701038.html Questions for discussion: Explain the dramatic jump in stocks after the elections. Do you… Read more »

Now, the Markets Can Worry About Other Things. Here’s a List.

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Description: So much for the midterms. Now the markets can start obsessing about gridlock, impeachment and the 2020 election. And they can resume worrying about bread-and-butter issues like corporate earnings, interest rates and the threat of rising tariffs and recession. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 09, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/business/stock-market-midterms-congress.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=9&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize the concerns investors… Read more »

Ed Yardeni is feeling déjà vu about this market sell-off — here’s what he…

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Description: Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, makes sense of the market’s volatility, discusses rates and much more in this one-on-one interview with Mike Santoli. Ed Yardeni is feeling déjà vu about this market sell-off — here’s what he sees next from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/10/26/ed-yardeni-feeling-deja-vu-about-market-sell-off.html Questions… Read more »

Warning from Jack Ma – the global economy in a ‘state of turmoil’

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Description: In a Chinese Politburo meeting, officials say downward pressure on the economy is continuing. Yahoo Finance’s Seana Smith, Adam Shapiro, Andy Serwer and Mike Murphy of Rosehill Capital discuss. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 01, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/warning-jack-ma-global-economy-170146340.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=ma Questions for discussion: Why would a trade war between the U.S. and China induce… Read more »

Start-Ups Ask, ‘Are We Making Money for Saudi Arabia?’

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — When John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal set out to raise money this year for their first venture capital fund, Unusual Ventures, industry peers advised them to go after the easy money — sovereign wealth funds like those managed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which have become major investors in Silicon… Read more »