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Past articles by Sam:

Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett agree on the No. 1 priority for business

In recent weeks, we’ve heard Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon and Jeff Bezos talk about managing their businesses. At the Economic Club of Washington DC in September, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon discussed what eventually led to his ouster from Citigroup in 1998. “It doesn’t matter if it works for you,” Dimon → Read More

Fed's Fischer warns: Low rates could lead to 'longer and deeper recessions'

“Low interest rates make the economy more vulnerable to adverse shocks that can put it in a recession,” Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer warned. Since the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve and its central bank peers around the world have employed loose monetary policy in the form of near-zero percent → Read More

A growing chorus of Wall Street experts are sounding the same warning about 2017

A growing minority of Wall Street strategists are warning clients that next year won’t be much better than this year. “2017 expectations … overstated,” RBC Capital Markets’ Jonathan Golub writes. In a note to clients on Monday, the veteran Wall Street stock market strategist warns that his peers are → Read More

America's labor market just crossed a historic milestone

Buried in the new US employment report is an impressive stat about the labor market. “For the first time in almost 20 years, we are now seeing a decline in the number of people outside the labor market,” Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Slok observed. The number of people outside the labor force is shrinking → Read More

UBS: Wall Street's forecast for 2017 looks 'irrationally exuberant'

Forecasting earnings for 2017 is arguably Wall Street’s most controversial task. After all, earnings are the most important driver of stock prices in the long run. With stock prices near all-time highs and valuations stretched, forecasts for earnings would have to be optimistic. → Read More

Why Wall St. bull Tom Lee thinks the market 'NEEDS TO BOUGHT AGGRESSIVELY'

After a long and quiet summer, volatility has returned to the stock market, causing Wall Street’s top strategists to warn that stock prices could tumble by as much as 10%. “We believe this 3% pullback NEEDS TO BE BOUGHT aggressively,” Lee wrote on Friday. Lee considers the simple history of stock price → Read More

Why market watchers are obsessing over the Fed's Lael Brainard right now

Monday comes with what may be the year’s most closely watched speech from a member of the Federal Reserve Board who is not Chair Janet Yellen. At 1:15 p.m. ET, Fed Governor Lael Brainard will speak on the economic outlook and monetary policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. While the event → Read More

Wells Fargo downgrades Apple

The investment analysts at Wells Fargo have downgraded Apple (AAPL) from outperform to market-perform, which means they no longer expect the stock to deliver above average returns. “We see risk/reward as balanced,” Wells Fargo’s Maynard Um said. This follows Apple’s big Keynote event on Wednesday, → Read More

Morgan Stanley bull comes out, predicts the S&P heads to 3,000

“We think the US stock market is going higher,” Morgan Stanley’s Adam Parker said on Tuesday. To be clear, Parker’s call consists of 12-month price targets that go well beyond this year’s fall. “We are raising our 12-month price targets for the S&P 500 – base case from 2200 to 2300, bear case from → Read More

Summer's over: Markets brace for the fall

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for the US. Kids return to school after their summer vacations, and the US Senate and House of Representatives head back to Washington after their lengthy summer recess. On Wall Street, traders and rainmakers close their summer homes in the Hamptons and head → Read More

Goldman Sachs boldly strays from the herd with a contrarian Fed call

On September 21, the Fed is gonna do it. The US economy is adding jobs at a rate that’s “just enough” for most members of the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to vote for a rate hike this month, Goldman Sachs’ Jan Hatzius argued. During the global financial crisis, the Federal Reserve loosened → Read More

US adds 151,000 jobs, unemployment rate unchanged at 4.9%

The unemployment rate stood at 4.9% in August, which was higher than the 4.8% forecast by economists. Notably, the July unemployment rate was revised up to 4.9% from an earlier estimate of 4.8%. Below is a look at unemployment rates by demographic. → Read More

Bullishness among traders has hit a disturbing 3-year high

There’s been an eery calm in the financial markets. Gluskin Sheff’s David Rosenberg points to a variable in the derivatives markets that may make the stock market more sensitive and vulnerable should things go south. Traders and sophisticated investors use derivatives such as options and futures contracts → Read More

Wall Street warns: Don't be fooled by the calm in the markets

“The current streak of market stability represents the longest period without a 1%+/- daily move since the summer of 2014,” Goldman Sachs’ David Kostin said of the trend on Friday. While this may be a welcome calm for investors, some Wall Street experts argue that the low volatility is unexpected and → Read More

Here's what being 'hawkish' or 'dovish' on monetary policy means

In the context of finance and the economy, this has to do with monetary policy, which means it involves interest rates, which matters to mom, pop, Joe six-pack, and everyone in between. When monetary policy is dovish, it means that policymakers favor looser, more accommodating policy, because they want → Read More

The stage is set for the next 10% plunge in stocks

The stock market (^GSPC) continues to trend higher as earnings growth remains lackluster. This has caused valuations to get very expensive, signaling a stock market that’s becoming increasingly due for a sharp sell-off. “The S&P 500 has advanced 6.8% YTD (8.4% including dividends) despite a more modest → Read More

Past performance is not an indicator of future outcomes for 92.7% of mutual funds

Mutual fund shoppers beware. “Yet, due to either force of habit or conviction, investors and advisors consider past performance and related metrics to be important factors in fund selection,” S&P’s Aye Soe writes. Specifically, investors will often find themselves attracted to the funds with the best → Read More

US adds a healthy 255,000 jobs, unemployment rate holds at 4.9%

The US economy added 255,000 jobs in July, as the unemployment rate held at 4.9%. This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ July US employment situation report. “This is a ROBUST BLS employment report,” Allianz’s Mohamed El-Erian tweeted. → Read More

Warren Buffett slams Trump with a monkey and a newspaper

Warren Buffett really let Donald Trump have it on Monday during a rally for Hillary Clinton. Famous for his investing prowess, Buffett of course went after the one time Trump took a company public on the stock market. “In 1995, Donald Trump went to the American people and he said join me — I’m a winner → Read More

Wall Street analyst loves his Lululemon pants, but there's one tiny problem

Lululemon Athletica (LULU) has found huge success marketing yoga apparel to women. In its efforts to boost growth, Lululemon has expanded its offering of men’s apparel, which include shirts and pants that can be worn to work. “I’ll just admit it, LULU’s Commission and ABC pants are the most comfortable → Read More