Technology now makes up a quarter of the stock market, its biggest weighting since dot-com bubble

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Description: Technology, this year’s best-performing sector, hasn’t been this big in more than 17 years. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 28, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/28/technology-now-makes-up-a-quarter-of-the-stock-market.html Questions for discussion: What does the growth of technology stock value mean for investors? Why is there concern over its size and growth at this time?

Head of world’s largest hedge fund says U.S. in a ‘pre-bubble phase’ with a 70% chance of recession

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Description: Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio says he sees risk of recession by 2020 Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 22, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bridgewaters-ray-dalio-says-us-in-a-pre-bubble-phase-with-a-70-change-of-recession-2018-02-22 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for his concerns? Do you agree? How should investors react to his prediction?

Goldman says options-market activity suggests pain ahead in these sectors

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Description: The cost of hedging against downside risk is up substantially for Amazon, Citigroup, and health-care stocks Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 22, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/goldman-says-options-market-activity-suggests-pain-ahead-in-these-sectors-2018-02-22 Questions for discussion: How are options used as indicators? What is the technical basis for the predictions? Do you agree with the predictions?

Rising inflation not enough to rattle stocks, says Bessemer’s…

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Description: Rebecca Patterson, chief investment officer at Bessemer Trust, discusses the broader market and rising interest rates with Brian Sullivan. Rising inflation not enough to rattle stocks, says Bessemer’s Rebecca Patterson from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/14/rising-inflation-not-enough-to-rattle-stocks-says-bessemers-rebecca-patterson.html Questions for discussion: What is Rebecca Patterson saying about inflation concerns… Read more »

Inflation is not running away on the upside: CIO

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Description: Steve Massocca, Wedbush Securities managing director, and Jerry Castellini, CastleArk Management president and CIO, discuss the effect of the recent period of volatility alongside current inflation and rising rate fears on the markets. Inflation is not running away on the upside: CIO from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2018 Link:… Read more »

Brace for another nose-dive for stocks — and welcome it

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Description: There are some doubts that equities can just sail on upward from here, end of story. Among them is our call of the day, which comes from CFRA’s chief investment strategist Sam Stovall, who says the S&P 500 “will likely have to retest its recent low.” Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 15, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/brace-for-another-nose-dive-for-stocks-and-welcome-it-2018-02-15 Questions… Read more »

How Inflation Works (or Why Your Chicken Is Going to Cost More)

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Description: It’s the worrisome byproduct of a healthy economy: inflation. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 14, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/14/business/economy/inflation-prices.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how inflation develops? How does it grow into a problem for the economy and the markets?

What on Earth Happened to Stocks? Here’s Where to Cast the Blame

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Description: Not widely welcomed, but arguably overdue? Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Feb 06, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-06/what-on-earth-happened-to-stocks-here-s-where-to-cast-the-blame Questions for discussion: Summarize the explanations presented in the report. What do you think was the major reason? Would you be a buyer today?

Opinion: If you’re freaking out about stocks, remember why you invested in the first place

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Description: Jeff Reeves lists nine reasons to stay in the stock market Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 08, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/if-youre-freaking-out-about-stocks-remember-why-you-invested-in-the-first-place-2018-02-08 Questions for discussion: What are the reasons given for staying in the stock market? Do you agree with this assessment?

The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?

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Description: Is the economy at risk of overheating? The answer will depend on what really drives price increases, and what the Fed does. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 08, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/upshot/the-stock-market-is-worried-about-inflation-should-it-be.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the article say about inflation concerns? What is the Phillips Curve and how is it influencing thinking about inflation,… Read more »