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'Uncertainty' was the byword of the 2023 markets. Will 2024 be the same way?

Jan 2, 2024
Despite the anxiety, 2023 closed out pretty well for investors. But that hasn't resulted in a unified sense of optimism.
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange ring in the new year. Economists don't have a consensus on how the year will go.
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Buyers snap up U.S. Treasury I bonds before interest rate deadline

Oct 28, 2022
Treasury's website was overwhelmed as investors clamored for the inflation-adjusted savings bonds to lock in a 9.62% rate.
Amid high inflation and a rocky stock market, I bonds have boomed in popularity. They offer a high yield but are guaranteed by the government.
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What the stock market is signaling about the future of the economy

Oct 19, 2022
The ups and downs of the stock market don't always predict the future of the economy. But stocks can give us some clues about where investors think the economy is headed.
Higher interest rates have been a drag on stocks this year.
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How can investors keep an eye on future market volatility?

Sep 1, 2022
The VIX, also known as the "fear gauge," is one measure. What does it tell us, and what are its limits?
Robert Whaley developed the VIX after analyzing S&P index option prices on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Above, the exchange in 2017.
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Are we headed for another crypto winter?

Jun 14, 2022
The term describes the downturn in the value of bitcoin as well as the fortunes of companies that support the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Above, a bitcoin ATM at a Miami shop. Investors have been fleeing the cryptocurrency world and values are sliding.
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Trump's positive COVID test adds more uncertainty to volatile markets

It comes after the first presidential debate and the uncertain fate of more coronavirus relief.
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What sound does a volatile stock market make?

Mar 31, 2020
We know what the data looks like. But what if we could hear it?
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Hedge funds are facing challenges in an uncertain market

Jan 11, 2019
For years, when stocks were making gains, hedge funds were criticized for their fees and lackluster performance.
Hedge fund performance on average dropped by less than the S&P 500 in 2018, according to Hedge Fund Research. Above, traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange.
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