Tag: Investing/Securities

Weekend reads: How to invest with the S&P 500 at a record high

Welcome to the weekend! The S&P 500 SPX, +0.34% ended the week at a record (after setting its first record close in six months earlier...

These money and investing tips aim to keep you on top of the stock market’s shifting sands

Don’t miss these top money and investing features: These money and investing stories, popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week, offer advice and insight...

Gold prices inch higher to halt skid, but mark first back-to-back weekly fall since March

Gold futures eked out a tiny gain on Friday to halt a third consecutive slide, but the precious metal’s advance for the day wasn’t sufficient...

Stock-market index futures drift slightly higher, a day after S&P 500 nabs record

U.S. stocks were set to see subdued but slightly higher trade on Wall Street, a day after the S&P 500 index scored its first record...

‘COVID has reduced to tatters the illusion of American exceptionalism,’ says anthropologist in Rolling Stone op-ed

In a dark season of pestilence, COVID has reduced to tatters the illusion of American exceptionalism. At the height of the crisis, with more than...

Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the rest of the ‘Oligarchic Dozen’ just reached a ‘disturbing milestone’

“The rich get richer” doesn’t even begin to tell the story these days. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, the wealth of the top...

The new savings target for a modest retirement: $8 million?

You might want to hold off on that Winnebago. The 4% Rule has long been used as a guideline for retirees in determining how much...

S&P 500 trades near record high but Dow flat as Wall Street investors search for fresh stock-market spark

U.S. stock benchmarks rose modestly early Monday, with the S&P 500 index trading near record territory but finding few reasons to trade higher amid a...

Stock market looks like ‘Wile E. Coyote,’ running off ‘a cliff,’ says expert

The S&P 500 index is teetering on the edge of a rarefied perch, persistently brushing aside uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic in its ascent....

The CEO who made one of Silicon Valley’s worst acquisitions wants a $400 million blank check

The blank-check bonanza has already reached mind-boggling heights, but now we seem to have jumped the shark. A preliminary prospectus was filed last week by...

Trump eyes executive orders after stalemate on coronavirus relief but doesn’t pull trigger

President Donald Trump on Friday evening signaled he is close to issuing executive orders to make an end run around a stalled stimulus package with...

Dow, S&P 500 finish higher even as pandemic aid talks break down in DC without a deal

Major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Friday, capping off another week of sharp gains, despite Washington’s failure to produce a last-minute coronavirus aid package...

ExxonMobil will suspend its 401 (k) matching—as threats to its dividend mount

Chances are you own stock in ExxonMobil Corp. XOM, -0.87% whether you know it or not. It’s found in some 2,553 mutual funds and numerous...

What a falling dollar means for stocks — sector by sector

A falling U.S. dollar is getting a lot of attention from stock-market investors, and according to the chart below from Wells Fargo Investment Institute, the...

4 reasons this investment could be ‘one of the best-performing asset classes’ over the next decade

As the adage goes, “Don’t wait to buy real estate. Buy real estate and wait.” If you follow advice in the current climate, you could...

Gold prices edge higher but march to $2,000 hamstrung by rising dollar

Gold futures were trading near break-even levels to slightly higher on Tuesday, with a renewed buoyancy in the U.S. dollar capping the precious metal’s gains...

Health care will cost this much in retirement — but probably even more

A 65-year-old couple retiring this year should expect to spend about $295,000 on health care costs alone in retirement — but quite frankly, that estimate...

A 10% selloff in the stock market is most likely, says expert who called March lows: ‘Something has to give’

Michael Wilson, chief U.S. equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, and his colleagues believe that the narrow breadth of winners in the stock market will likely...

Dow, S&P 500 set to kick off August trade higher as tech stocks resume rally, but stalled coronavirus stimulus talks in focus

U.S. stock-index futures on Monday traded modestly higher after wavering in early action in the first trading day in August, with wrangling in Washington over...

Caterpillar’s stock swings lower as downbeat dealer inventory outlook, retail sales data follow earnings beat

Shares of Caterpillar Inc. fell on Friday, reversing early gains, following the construction and mining equipment maker’s post-earnings conference call with analysts, in which the...

Job trouble? Wave of rehiring after economy reopened to fade in July after viral spiral

The engine of the U.S. economy may have gotten clogged again — no thanks to the recent acceleration in coronavirus cases. That’s bad news for...

Why August in a pandemic is a time for vigilance for stock market investors

The dog day’s of summer on Wall Street are upon us. The ancient Greeks would refer to the so-called “dog days” in late July and...

How a basic income would help close the racial wealth gap and give Americans needed financial security

On my commute to City Hall in Atlanta, I pass $1 million duplexes next to the largest block of Section 8 housing in the Southeast...

Pandemic? Antitrust? No worries for Big Tech, which racked up $200 billion in sales anyway

Amid a global pandemic and concerted antitrust scrutiny, the Big Tech quartet in regulators’ sights are just getting bigger. Alphabet Inc. GOOG, +0.62% GOOGL, +0.97%...

Gold has ‘no role’ in portfolio of wealth clients, says Goldman manager

Don’t believe the hype. That’s the message from Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani, chief investment officer of private wealth management at Goldman Sachs, who thinks that gold is...