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'What are the odds?  I retire and the stock market crashes.  All my plans are upside down.'  I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home.  What options do I have?

‘What are the odds? I retire and the stock market crashes. All my plans are upside down.’ I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home. What options do I have?

Dear Quentin, I’m due to retire in two months and I have already moved to my new home in the sun. I have not sold my apartment in a major US metropolitan area on the east coast, as I wanted to see how I settled into my new life. It’s a quiet, but beautiful city …

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Stock Futures Fall as Bond Yields Edge Higher

Stock Futures Fall as Bond Yields Edge Higher

US stock futures fell to start the week, indicating that major equity indexes could decline again following last week’s big swings. Futures for the S&P 500 declined 1.5%. Contracts tied to the technology-focused Nasdaq-100 fell 1.7% while those for the Dow Jones Industrial Average receded 1.2%. US government bonds sold off again, pushing the yield …

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US Stock Futures Point to Wall Street Extending Selloff

US Stock Futures Point to Wall Street Extending Selloff

US stock futures edged down, putting major indexes on track to extend losses after one of Wall Street’s worst selloffs since the pandemic began. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.3%, a day after the blue-chip index slumped more than 1,000 points, its worst day since 2020. S&P 500 futures edged down …

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Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

US stocks fell, with technology stocks leading the way, as investors assessed the implications of Federal Reserve’s most aggressive tightening of monetary policy in more than two decades. The S&P 500 dropped 2.1% in early trading Thursday. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index lost 3.2%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.6%, or 551 points. …

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Powell wants to get rates closer to neutral.  But what's that?  Think between 5% and 6%, form top Fed staffer says

Powell wants to get rates closer to neutral. But what’s that? Think between 5% and 6%, form top Fed staffer says

With inflation surging higher than anyone expected, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, has laid out a policy path where the Fed is going to move quickly to get its policy rate up to “to a more neutral level” of interest rates, and maybe higher if needed . “There is an obvious need to move expeditiously to …

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10-Year Treasury Yield Hits 3% for First Time Since 2018

10-Year Treasury Yield Hits 3% for First Time Since 2018

The worst bond rout in decades hit a new milestone Monday, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury reaching 3% for the first time since late 2018. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which rises when bond prices fall, surged at the start of US trading and reached as high as 3.002% in …

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A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here's what pros say you should do now.

A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here’s what pros say you should do now.

To say that it has been a perilous stretch for bullish stock investors on Wall Street lately is a bit of an understatement. Marked by stomach-churning volatility and bruising losses in once-popular technology trades, the S&P 500 booked its worst start to a year, through the first four months of 2022, in over 80 years, …

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Japanese Yen's Drop Raises Potential for Broader Market Trouble

Japanese Yen’s Drop Raises Potential for Broader Market Trouble

The Japanese yen has tumbled to a 20-year low against the US dollar. That might be bad news for markets far beyond Tokyo. Traders around the world watch the yen’s rise and fall not just to follow Japanese markets but also to gauge how investors globally are feeling. Usually, when markets are rallying, the yen …

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What's next for stock market as Federal Reserve moves toward 'peak hawkishness'

What’s next for stock market as Federal Reserve moves toward ‘peak hawkishness’

Investors will watch for another gauge of US inflation in the week ahead after the stock market was rattled by the Federal Reserve ramping up its hawkish tone and suggesting large interest rate hikes are coming to get an overheating economy under control. “We’re probably seeing peak hawkishness right now,” said James Solloway, chief market …

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Why is the stock market falling?  Dow drops nearly 900 points as investors weigh Fed's policy path, earnings

Why is the stock market falling? Dow drops nearly 900 points as investors weigh Fed’s policy path, earnings

US stocks fell sharply Friday, as investors continued to weigh hawkish comments on interest rates by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell a day earlier, as well as a fresh batch of corporate earnings that largely disappointed. How are stocks trading? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA was down 879 points, or 2.5%, at 33,914. The …

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