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Top Ten: Why does the stock market rise when there’s so much bad news?

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Have you ever wondered why the stock market rises during a period of economic uncertainty? Last year, when interest rates shot up, the S&P 500
fell 18.1% (with dividends reinvested), which may not have surprised many people.

But 2023 hasn’t been a year of good economic news, and we narrowly averted a banking crisis last month. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is up 8% this year.

William Watts explains why the stock market loves pain.

And now for some bearishness:

An update on banks

How to make financial institutions appear to be nice and safe.

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Now that we’re two weeks into first-quarter earnings season, it is becoming more clear how large an outflow of deposits regional banks are facing as savers seek to earn (much) more interest.

Steve Gelsi and Ciara Linnane explain how the movement is affecting three regional banks.

Nathan Vardi reports on moves by one wealthy banker to take advantage of rising interest rates.

Here’s how JPMorgan Chase
and Charles Schwab
demonstrate two extremes in reacting to the first-quarter developments.

More banking coverage:

Check out this chart pattern for Tesla’s stock

The recent trading pattern for Tesla’s stock may signal another downturn.

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Tomi Kilgore looks into technical factors pointing to a slide for shares of Tesla Inc.


Is the dollar really threatened?

Worried about the dollar’s dominance?

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It seems that every few years we hear about another effort among rivals of the U.S. to encourage a move by investors away from relying on the dollar as a reserve currency.

Could it be different this time? Joseph Adinolfi explains why investors are beginning to take various threats to the dollar seriously.

On the other hand: Speculators bet the U.S. dollar is poised for a rebound after longest losing streak in 3 years

How about a bull market for bitcoin?

Terrence Horan, Dow Jones

is up 70% this year, after falling 64% last year. Those figures make for a 39% decline since the end of 2021. With this year’s bull market, how far might the current rally go? In this week’s Distributed Ledger newsletter, Frances Yue covers the latest trading patterns, virtual-currency industry news and a prediction that ether
will outperform bitcoin over the short term.

Different approaches to investing

Time is on your side if you invest and remain dedicated and diversified.

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Paul Merriman shares simple investment-portfolio ideas that have outperformed the S&P 500 over long periods.

For savers, the clock is ticking

Beth Pinsker has advice for savers: Move quickly to take advantage of a golden opportunity.

is getting into the game, partnering with Goldman Sachs
on a savings account with a very high interest rate.


Are you worried about Social Security?

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Here’s how not to fix it, according to Mark Hulbert.

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22

Domestic EV producers are favored under the Biden administration’s updated list of vehicles eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

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Just in time for Earth Day on Saturday, here’s a revised list of electric vehicles that qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

And here’s some good news for investors who want their companies to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Top Ten: Why does the stock market rise when there’s so much bad news? Reviewed by RP on April 21, 2023 Rating: 5

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