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Investors are buying stocks and bonds at the same time, which...

Investors are buying into the riskiness of stocks, but they're also buying the security of the bond market. That's not the usual course for markets, but it has happened before. The conflicting investment trend comes after the Federal Reserve made an about face on its tightening policy, making risk assets more attractive. It also comes…

Is Donald Trump’s ‘little glitch’ something much, much worse?

One major uncertainty is whether China will accede to longstanding US demands that it cease subsidising its large state-owned industries with low-cost loans and cheap land. China relationship thaws Certainly, Beijing has taken some steps to improve its relationships with Washington, including resuming its purchases of US soybeans and reducing car tariffs back to their…

Here’s how to change Alexa’s name on your Amazon Echo so...

I read a pretty heartbreaking story this week about a young girl named Alexa who has reportedly been bullied at school. According to NBC San Diego, Alexa's classmates have been treating her just like an Amazon Echo, asking "Alexa" the weather and treating her like a "servant." Unfortunately, at least for that young girl, the…

A Joke No More, the Clippers Aim to Be Something That...

B/R LOS ANGELES — Steve Ballmer is yelling at me. No, that isn't quite right. Steve Ballmer is yelling toward me. Though, really, he isn't so much yelling as he is boisterously beseeching, imploring, urging, persuading. His volume rises in proportion to his enthusiasm. And his enthusiasm is boundless. Perhaps you've seen it before: Ballmer wildly hyping up…

Gundlach says the global stock market is signaling ‘something bad’ is...

Jeffrey Gundlach believes the U.S. stock market can't diverge from global equity markets forever. The bond investor noted the S&P 500 was strangely outperforming the rest of the world's equity markets since the summer into this month. "I said [before] ... if the global stock [market] is going to take out the low and put…

Stocks that should act like bonds are doing something unexpected

(since Wednesday close) REITs (VNQ): up 0.5 percent Utilities (XLU): up 3.3 percent Consumer Staples (XLP): up 1 percent Source: CNBC There are a few explanations: 1. Flight to safety. These stocks are defensive plays, and in an environment when rates suddenly rise it would make some sense to hide in a Pfizer or Coca-Cola.…

The last time unemployment was this low, something bad happened

Put another way, while there are some similarities between the 2018 landscape and what happened in the 1970s, there are conditions in place now — demographics, technology, monetary policy — that argue against a return to a condition so drastic that former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker had to take the country into recession to cure…

China respects others’ trade secrets — unless it wants something, experts...

Experts are also quick to stress, however, that the legal environment surrounding IP in China is by no means one-sided and has made important strides in the 40 years since the country initiated its economic transformation. In the process, it has introduced numerous western legal concepts in relation to the economy and business, including in…
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