News and Trends

August 15, 2017

Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ nears 9-month high as ‘fire and fury’ sparks stock-market slump- Market Watch--8.10.17
A popular gauge of fear and volatility on Wall Street has surged, nearing its highest level since U.S. election day on rising geopolitical tensions tensions.

S&P falls 1.4 percent in safety flight on North Korea tensions- Reuters--8.10.17
The S&P 500 suffered its biggest one-day drop in almost three months as investors flee riskier assets. Investors have been jittery since President Trump addresses threats from North Korea.

Financial crash warning: 10 years on from 2007 crisis experts warn debt bubble could burst- Express--8.9.17
The U.S. economy and housing market has many similarities today to 10 years ago, just before the sub-prime housing crash that triggered the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.

These 7 billionaires are worried about a stock-market correction - Market Watch--8.9.17
A host of big-name billionaire investors are pretty concerned about current market conditions. Jeff Gundlach recommends that investors start "moving towards the exits."

The stock market’s historically worst 2 months are dead ahead. Time to worry?- Market Watch--8.7.17
August and September have dismal records for stock returns over the last 20 years. That, in combination with the warnings from strategists about a market correction, means the next two months could be rough for the markets.

Be afraid — everybody seems to agree on where the stock market is headed- Market Watch--8.7.17
It is hard to imagine the lack of volatility to last much longer and one expert believes there is indeed a shift coming and a big one at that.

Greenspan: Bond bubble about to break because of 'abnormally low' interest rates- CNBC--8.4.17
Former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan has issued a warning about bonds. He believes the bond market is on the cusp of a collapse that will also threaten stock prices.

'Mystery' of slow wage growth keeps market doubting Fed can hike interest rates- CNBC--8.4.17
Employers added 209,000 jobs in July but sluggish wage growth continues to contribute to lingering doubts that a lack of inflation could slow the Fed's efforts to raise interest rates.

Opinion: Dow 22,000 means the worst is yet to come- Market Watch--8.3.17
The Dow recently crossed 22,000 and many wonder how long this rally will last. According to one expert, there are two major reasons why this stock surge will end: either the economic foundation they are based on changes or because investors temporarily bid prices up too high.

Service sector grows slower than expected in July- CNBC--8.3.17
Non-manufacturing economic activity grew at a slower pace than expected in July. This sector did not sustain the previous rate of growth and cooled-off in July.

The sequel to the global financial crisis is here- CNBC--8.1.17
The central culprit of this financial crisis is collateralised loan obligations. Some argue that regulators are more prepared today than they were in the 2000s, but they also made similar warnings then, and it still spiraled out of control.

Dollar Drop Adds to Longest Monthly Losing Streak Since 2011- Bloomberg--7.31.17
The dollar suffered its fifth monthly loss, the longest losing streak since 2011. Markets are now bracing for rate decisions from Australia and England as well as U.S. and Canadian employment reports due later this week.

Is this a sign that stocks are too hot? - CNN Money--7.27.17
Elevated valuation metrics gives ammo to those who fear that the second-longest bull market in history has gotten a bit too hot. Market veterans are on guard for what could deliver a jolt to stocks after this long stretch of steady gains.

Wiles: Warning signs of a possible stock market slide- USA Today--7.27.17
Many experts have expressed uncertainty over the advancing stock market. There are many potential dangers but the top three include Federal Reserve policy, corporate conditions and the economy.

Stocks are ignoring U.S. political uncertainty, but the dollar isn’t- Market Watch--7.25.17
According to experts, the continuing controversy surrounding President Trump has had an impact on the U.S. dollar. Recently, the dollar has dropped to its lowest level since June 2016.

Protect against the fastest-growing crime: cyber attacks- CNBC--7.25.17
Cyber theft is the fastest-growing crime in the U.S. and has cost the global economy more than $450 billion in 2016 with more than 2 billion person records stolen.

A Mystery Investor Just Made A $262 Million Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October- Zero Hedge--7.24.17
A mysterious trader made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October. If they are right, they could potentially make up to $262 million on the deal.

IMF Sharply Lowers US Growth Forecasts As Hopes For Fiscal Boost Fade - Zero Hedge--7.24.17
The International Monetary Fund has made a decision to lower U.S. growth forecasts. The IMF has made this decision based on the assumption that "fiscal policy will be less expansionary than previously assumed."

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