2016 Investment Forecast: Expect Less, Buy Antacid

New York — Investing is becoming more of a grind. Expect it to stay that way. Analysts, mutual-fund managers and other forecasters are telling investors to expect lower returns from stocks and bonds in 2016 than in past years. They’re also predicting more severe swings in prices. Remember that 10 percent drop for stocks that freaked investors out in August? It likely won’t take another four years for the next one. The good news is...

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SEC Report Sheds Light on Stock Market’s August ‘Flash Crash’

Washington — When fears of a slowdown in China sent U.S. stocks plummeting in late August, some of the market mechanisms meant to protect investors during times of volatility may have triggered even greater losses among exchange-traded funds, market regulators said in a report released last week. Some investors were surprised during the early minutes of stock trading on Aug. 24 when they noticed that many ETFs became worth much less...

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Stocks Finish Worst Year Since Recession
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Stocks Finish Worst Year Since Recession

U.S. stock markets had their worst year since 2008. Equities finished the volatile year slightly lower than where they started, reducing expectations for 2016. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the year down 2.2 percent and the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 0.7 percent. It marked the first year of losses for the Dow since 2008. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the only major U.S. index to rise, gaining 5.7 percent. But...

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Stocks March Higher

New York (ap) — The stock market closed out its best week of the year Friday as big gains by retailers and technology companies pushed major indexes upward. Stocks faded as Friday wore on, but they still finished higher. The S&P 500 index climbed almost 3.3 percent for the week. By just a hair, that was its biggest weekly gain in 2015. Stocks climbed Monday and Wednesday as the U.S. market didn’t seem to be affected by a string...

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Stocks Fall Sharply On Fed’s Rate Decision

New York — Fears over slowing global growth hammered stocks in the U.S. and Europe on Friday and lifted prices of government bonds and other assets seen as safer bets. The selling pushed down major stock indexes in Germany, France and Britain before spreading to the U.S. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index slumped to its biggest loss in more than two weeks as all 10 industry sectors of the broad market gauge fell. Energy companies...

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