Stocks have added $11.3 trillion in value, or 138%, since the market bottomed four years ago. That's an annual compounded return of more than 26%.
FORTUNE -- It's so much fun to own stocks these days, with the Dow Industrials and Wilshire 5000 index setting one new high after another, and the Standard & Poor's 500 within 1% of doing the same. Watching the value of your portfolio rise is such MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Mar 8, 2013 9:03 AM ET
The Oracle of Omaha still likes the market -- but he's hardly pounding the table.
FORTUNE -- In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) shareholders, released Friday afternoon, Buffett says he still believes U.S. stocks will "do well." He notes that he made his first stock purchase during the bleakest part of World War II, so even if things look not so great right now, you should end up doing fine MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 1, 2013 4:03 PM ET
Even if the economy continues to recover, the markets are in for a rough patch.
By John Cassidy, contributor
FORTUNE -- Pity the poor economic forecaster. Following the resolution of the fiscal-cliff crisis and the Republicans' decision not to push the U.S. government to the brink of default, at least for now, things appeared to be looking up. Retail sales and factory orders were decent, job growth was steady, and the MOREFeb 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
The NYSE's new owner has historically been aligned with a few large banks.
FORTUNE -- Observers have long been worried about the New York Stock Exchange's ability to police stock trading so that it's fair for all investors. The acquisition by the InterContinental Exchange (ICE), which in late-December agreed to buy the NYSE (NYX) for $8.2 billion, may make matters worse.
Historically, the NYSE has been what's called a self-regulating organization. The MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jan 7, 2013 11:26 AM ET
The threatening tax increase is leading to a rocky market, and an opportunity for the government.
FORTUNE -- Here's another reason the rich are different than the rest of us: They can't do math. Or maybe they just don't bother.
Apparently rich folk are betting that the fiscal cliff, the mix of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to kick in January 1, is going to happen. They are doing MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Nov 19, 2012 4:18 PM ET
Hurricane did no damage to the stock market or confidence in the recovery.
FORTUNE -- Mr. Market thinks Hurricane Sandy won't derail the recovery. And that's a real good sign.
Some observers thought stocks would dive when the market opened for the first time after Hurricane Sandy brought much of the east coast to a halt.
Instead, stocks climbed when the market opened. By the end of the day, the S&P 500 was MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Oct 31, 2012 3:03 PM ET
Nationstar is benefiting from a resurgent home loan market and Washington gridlock.
Update: 3:30 PM, 10/24
I guess I called the top. On Wednesday, Nationstar lost out to rival Ocwen in its bid to take over servicing the mortgage portfolio of GM's former finance arm ResCap. In late afternoon, shares of Nationstar had tumbled 10% to $31. That makes Nationstar still one of the best performing IPO of the year. But no MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Oct 24, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Wall Street loves a Republican president, right? Not so fast. With history as our judge, the answer is not so clear.
FORTUNE -- One of the questions I get asked these days is whether a win by Mitt Romney or by Barack Obama would be better for the stock market. To which the only honest answer is "I have no earthly idea." Any competent and dispassionate market analyst will tell you MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Sep 19, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The reason for stock market skittishness might be more mundane than high-frequency trading and computer algorithms gone amuck.
FORTUNE -- The TABB Group, a research firm that specializes in stock trading and technology, is out with what appears to be a concerning stat: Just 2% of professional investors completely trust the market.
It's become a common line to say that Knight Capital's recent trading glitch, the bungled Facebook IPO and the 2010 MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Aug 23, 2012 11:04 AM ET
An increase in stock trading rule changes is making it hard for firms to keep up.
FORTUNE -- Perhaps the only thing moving faster than high-frequency traders are the changes to the rules that govern how they trade.
On the day of the flub that cost Knight Capital Group (KCG) $440 million in 45 minutes and briefly caused turmoil in over 100 stocks, the New York Stock Exchange issued three changes to MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Aug 8, 2012 2:40 PM ET
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