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Dollars and Sense: Will a May selloff tank the markets this week?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | A positive beginning. Stocks rose last Monday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow both broke through to new records. Some areas of the market…

Dollars and Sense: The week of the consumer

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | A jumpy market. We saw a number of 100-point swings this week, sometimes in a single day. Last Monday was a good example. Conflict in Ukraine and slowing…

Dollars and Sense: Too much good economic news?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Unemployment uncertainty. This week’s big surprise: the unemployment number. The big question remains, what does it mean? Most analysts had expected the…

Dollars and Sense: Market drift and job growth anticipation

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | All quiet on the earnings front. We’re now a couple of weeks into earnings season, and so far things seem pretty quiet. In fact, I can’t resist pointing…

Dollars and Sense: Bring on the earnings reports

Dollars and Sense: Bring on the earnings reports

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season. We’re fully into earnings season on Wall Street. What we have learned so far is that, in general, traders like what they see. The markets…

Dollars and Sense: The economy coasts into the second quarter

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | First quarter ends. The stock markets ended the first quarter last Monday more or less flat for the year. Despite an up day for the U.S. markets on Monday,

Dollars and Sense: Why do we report the government’s economic data?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Adrift. Last week I said the markets would likely drift because we were near the end of the month and the end of the quarter, and that’s pretty much what…

Dollars and Sense: Just how long can this bull market go on?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Down week. The markets have been pretty easy to chart this year so far. Stocks dropped significantly in January. But they roared back in February, with the…

Dollars and Sense: The bulls are on a rampage

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Still recovering. The stock market, after a rough January, seems to think the economy is still in recovery. The S&P 500 roared back into positive…

Dollars and Sense: China’s yanking the stock market’s chain

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | I think I can. The stock market seemed poised for a rebound, but never quite bounced this week. I kept thinking about the children’s book, The Little Steam

Dollars and Sense: A tale of two California economies

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | California dreamin’. I’ve been in Los Angeles this week, and I’ve discovered an economy that is Dickensian: It’s the best of times and the worst of…

Dollars and Sense: When a market correction is a good sign

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Stocks down, but stable. Last Friday, stocks headed down sharply, and they continued the decline on Monday. But the good news is that the retreat was not…

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