European Central Bank Faces Hurdle in Cutting Stimulus: A Weak Dollar

By JACK EWING September 7, 2017 FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank had been expected to announce a major policy shift on Thursday. The dollar has had other plans. Since early 2015, the European Central Bank has been flooding the 19-nation eurozone...

Strategies: The Market Is High. Beware of Portfolio Drift.

August 25, 2017 Jeff Sommer STRATEGIES Invest at the bottom of the market and sell at the top. That’s solid advice, but it’s not easy to follow. Consider the stock market right now, for example. Is this the top of the market? Is it time to sell? With the...

Beneath Markets’ Calm Are Signs of Growing Investor Caution

By LANDON THOMAS Jr. August 9, 2017 President Trump threatened nuclear war with North Korea, and the markets yawned. While stocks in Asia sold off initially, the main market measures in the United States were off less than half a percent on Wednesday as...

Common Sense: Buy? Sell? Politics May Move the Market, but Rarely for Long

May 25, 2017 Common Sense By JAMES B. STEWART The United States stock market shuddered last week on a report that President Trump had tried to stop an F.B.I. investigation of his former national security adviser, with the Dow Jones industrials falling 373 points in...

Economic View: How Tales of ‘Flippers’ Led to a Housing Bubble

May 18, 2017 Economic View By ROBERT J. SHILLER There is still no consensus on why the last housing boom and bust happened. That is troubling, because that violent housing cycle helped to produce the Great Recession and financial crisis of 2007 to 2009. We need to...