RED WAVE, BLUE WAVE: What could happen to markets if Republicans win big or lose big on Tuesday

The midterm elections Tuesday have huge stakes not only for the future of health care, taxes and immigration, but also for the U.S. economy and investors. Polls and forecasters suggest Democrats have a good chance of taking control of the House, while Republicans are favored to keep a slim majority …

Wall Street pros warn we may be experiencing ‘peak earnings’

Seeking a scapegoat for October’s stock market convulsions? Try the dark cloud looming on the horizon known as peak earnings growth. With profit growth poised to slow sharply in 2019 for a number of reasons – chief among them less of a jolt from the Trump tax cuts – the …

A red flashing light in the housing market could spell trouble for the economy

The U.S. economy is growing at a healthy pace, the labor market is its tightest in years and consumer confidence hasn’t been this high since 2000. But one warning sign of trouble could be flashing in the housing market, according to forecaster Lakshman Achuthan. “Our leading home price index has …

A stock-market bear signal is at a more-than-4-decade high, says Goldman

A gauge of bullish and bearish momentum in the U.S. stock market is ringing alarms for strategists at Goldman Sachs. The investment bank’s so-called bull-bear indicator, which examines five market factors, indicates that the likelihood of a bear market occurring is at its highest point since around the mid-1970s(see chart …

JP Morgan’s top quant warns next crisis to have flash crashes and social unrest not seen in 50 years

Sudden, severe stock sell-offs sparked by lightning-fast machines. Unprecedented actions by central banks to shore up asset prices. Social unrest not seen in the U.S. in half a century. That’s how J.P. Morgan Chase’s head quant Marko Kolanovic envisions the next financial crisis. The forces that have transformed markets in …

SEC Expresses Interest In Allowing Regular People To Invest In Private Companies

It seems like the rise of crowdfunding and ICOs may be having an affect on how US regulators perceive the investing landscape. Recently, the SEC announced that they were exploring how to make it easier for individuals to invest in private companies, including some of the world’s hottest startups. The …

Investors may be underestimating the risk stocks face from the midterm elections

Political issues have been among the biggest drivers of trading in the U.S. stock market in 2018, as investors grapple with the uncertainty of trade policy and the economic effect of the tax bill passed late last year. However, another D.C.-related issue may not be getting the attention it deserves …

A leading recessionary indicator is flashing red, but investors don’t appear to care

Here’s why the market is shrugging off a flattening yield curve Here’s why the market is shrugging off a flattening yield curve 22 Hours Ago | 04:10 The yield curve narrowed to its flattest level since before the financial crisis this week. The difference between the 2-year and 10-year yield …

Why Warren Buffett’s record-breaking cash stockpile should have investors very worried

As merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has roared, Warren Buffett and his investing colleagues at Berkshire Hathaway have stayed on the sidelines. That means they missed out on an M&A bonanza that saw a record-breaking $2 trillion in deals through mid-May. But it also means Berkshire Hathaway has set a …

US: Chair of House Judiciary Committee Discloses Ownership of Cryptocurrency

The chair of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives may be the first member of Congress to disclose that he owns cryptocurrency, Sludge reports Aug. 6. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) reported that he owns between $17,000 and $80,000 in digital currency in his annual Financial Disclosure Statement. …