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March quadruple witching, interest rates haunt Thursday stock action

WASHINGTON – Thursday’s seemingly moderate market gloomfest promptly bumped Wednesday afternoon’s positive, post-FOMC party back to square one. One reason: Wednesday’s benign interest rate environment did an about face Thursday, kicking the 10-year Treasury quote up to current record levels. In addition, that always volatile March quarter quadruple witching phenomenon, happening tomorrow, also looms, threatening ...

Bond outlook steady near-term as stocks continue to bungee jump

2018's bond market weirdness led us to read a variety of articles and studies analyzing this boring sector. The most puzzling thing about the bond outlook for at least the next two quarters involves bonds' recent, downright odd stability in terms of yield.

Investing 101: The boring but (usually) safe world of bonds

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2016 – I suspect most readers of this series are primarily interested in investing in stocks, not bonds. During my career as a broker, I was pretty much the same. Stocks are generally more exciting and more interesting investments, involving strategies, stories, corporate intrigue, battles with the government and, of course profitability ...

Investing 101: Common stocks, capital gains and dividends

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2016 – In our previous article, we looked at several preliminaries the conscientious investor will need to deal with before actually beginning an investment portfolio. If you’ve taken care of these items or are close to having dealt with them, the next thing you’ll want to do is to begin accumulating cash ...

Memorial Day trading hours for stocks, bonds and options

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 – The Memorial Day Weekend has arrived. The Maven and Mrs. Maven are not headed for the beach this weekend, but it seems as if everyone in the DC Metro area took off for Maryland’s Eastern Shore Thursday night, given the volume of traffic. Perhaps it was the same in the ...

Gold, oil catch a bid on Wall Street’s wild Wednesday

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2016 – In all honesty, there’s not a lot of concrete news to report today except for the same old, same old. Oil, commodities and stocks of all shapes and sizes are trading seemingly at random, with prices either overreacting or underreacting to earnings reports, rumors and whatever else the idiots running ...

Thanksgiving holiday stock market trading hours and rules

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2015 – As always, federal holidays have an impact on trading and settlement dates in U.S. and Canadian markets. Here’s how things will work this week on Wall Street: Thursday All U.S. markets—stocks, bonds and options—will not be open for regular trading or pre- or post-market trading hours on Thursday in the ...