Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

It’s easy to want to duck for cover given the carnage seen this year in stocks and bonds, particularly with the Federal Reserve vowing to wage an unconditional battle against high inflation. While inflation running at a 40-year high still sits near the top of the list of worries for many investors, another potential bugaboo … Read more

Stagflation, reflation, soft landing or a slump — what Wall Street expects in the second half of 2022

As the first half of 2022 draws to a close, Wall Street investment banks and their legions of strategists have been busy telling clients what they should expect in the second half of what has been an extraordinary year for markets as U.S. stocks head for their worst start in decades. Investment banks like JP … Read more

Berkshire Hathaway Stock Hit Hard in June. Warren Buffett Is Probably Unfazed.

Text size Berkshire has scaled back its stock repurchase program this year, and that may be sending a message that CEO Warren Buffett doesn’t view the stock as being so cheap. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Despite what CEO Warren Buffett has called its Fort Knox balance sheet with over $100 billion in cash, Berkshire Hathaway hasn’t … Read more

Fed says banks could withstand 10% unemployment, 55% stock price drop in annual stress test

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday projected the potential for a rockier road ahead for banks than it did a year ago, but said the 33 financial institutions it reviewed passed its annual stress test of capital reserves. The Fed estimated $612 billion in potential losses for banks in its most severe economic scenario, and … Read more

Crypto crash: forced selling cools down; correlation with equities back in focus

Hello! Welcome back to Distributed Ledger, our weekly crypto newsletter that reaches your inbox every Thursday. I’ll walk you through what’s going on in the current bear market. As usual, find me on Twitter at @FrancesYue_ to send feedback, or tell us what you think we should cover. You can also reach me through email … Read more

Revlon Bonds Are in the Tank. It’s a Sign the Surging Stock is Overvalued.

Text size Revlon hair products are shown at a Houston Walmart this month. Brandon Bell/Getty Images A disconnect has emerged between Revlon ’s surging stock and the depressed bonds of the bankrupt cosmetics company. Some Revlon debt trades at distressed levels of around 10 cents on the dollar, indicating pessimism among fixed-income investors about the … Read more

The U.S. cities where homes are most at risk from hurricanes and other storm damage

As the country enters hurricane season from June 1 to the end of November, homes in New York and Miami are at the highest risk for property damage, according to a report released Wednesday from housing-research firm CoreLogic. Overall, more than 33 million homes in America are at risk of suffering damage from hurricanes, according … Read more

This star hedge-fund manager says some major tech names are now value plays, as he shorts one meme-stock favorite

Stocks are on the rebound again, at least that’s the vibe from futures. That’s a day after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell confirmed to lawmakers, what markets already knew — that a soft economic landing might be tricky while taming the inflation beast. Along with average investors, hedge funds have had a rough start to … Read more

The U.S. housing market is teetering on recession. Will the economy soon follow?

The last time the housing market suffered a major meltdown in 2006, it took the entire U.S. economy with it. But history never follows the exact same script twice. The weakening housing market is undoubtedly going to hurt the economy. Single-family home construction fell to a 1 million annual pace rate in May from a … Read more

This dividend fund is down 3% vs. S&P’s 20% drop. Here are its top stock picks

By now even the most ardent tech and growth-stock enthusiasts realize the bull market is over. John Kornitzer’s approach to selecting high-quality stocks for the Buffalo Flexible Income Fund is one that has worked well during the bear market. High inflation, uncertainty in so many industries amid supply-chain issues and labor shortages, the Federal Reserve’s … Read more