The U.S. economy may still be fragile, but prices are indeed rising.
By Moshe Silver
FORTUNE -- Believe it or not, commodity prices are breaking out right now as other inflationary pressures continue to build. Don't believe it? Take a look at gold prices. They have already risen over 7% year-to-date as the S&P 500 (SPX) has fallen 1.5%. Meanwhile, the CRB Commodity Index is up 4% year-to-date.
Something is stirring here, MOREFeb 13, 2014 12:08 PM ET
The panic-driven selloff has led to the buying opportunity of a lifetime.
FORTUNE -- Never underestimate the impulse for Wall Street market strategists and pundits to spin an outbreak of sudden fear into a durable trend, with a sensible-sounding narrative to back it up. So it is today with the sharp selloff in emerging market stocks and bonds. For champions of U.S. equities, indeed, the panic overseas seems a timely gift. MOREShawn Tully, senior editor-at-large - Feb 3, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Buyer beware. A single year in which stocks soared and bonds tanked can throw the long-term numbers way out of whack.
FORTUNE -- Today let's have some fun with numbers. The kind that investors rely on. Which turn out to be the kind that can be skewed by their start or end dates, and that can skewer your investment portfolio if you follow them blindly.
Let's start with a key number, the MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 15, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Already at record levels, corporate profits aren't likely to boost the S&P 500.Shawn Tully, senior editor-at-large - Jan 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Investors who are worried about Facebook's latest equity offering are overlooking the company's fundamentals.
By Sanjay Sanghoee
FORTUNE -- Shortly after Facebook's recent announcement of a new public offering worth $1.5 billion, for which Mark Zuckerberg provided 60% of the shares, Facebook stock fell amidst concerns that it is overvalued. The shares rebounded on optimism about social media, but it is a safe bet that such doubts will continue to plague the MOREJan 8, 2014 2:44 PM ET
Markets should welcome the end of the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
By Sanjay Sanghoee
FORTUNE -- The U.S. Federal Reserve is one of the most powerful bodies on the planet today, able to shake global markets with the force of a single word: taper. Analysts shudder, investors wail, bond yields spike, and stocks collapse whenever the mere possibility of a taper arises. And yet, the fear that the world will end if MOREDec 17, 2013 9:01 AM ET
The banner year for stocks signaled a boom in million-dollar home sales, but what happens if the party ends?
By Jeffrey McKinney
FORTUNE -- With stocks a whisker from posting a record this year, some investors are latching onto homes that fetch $1 million or more.
Surging stock prices and increased consumer confidence are among the factors propelling sales in the upper-end housing market, says Walter Molony, a spokesman for the National Association of Realtors.
Sales of MOREDec 16, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Over the past 10 years or so, trading has become dizzyingly complex and frenetic. So how have investors fared? Surprisingly well.
By Lauren Silva Laughlin; graphics Nicolas Rapp
FORTUNE -- Once upon a time, an ordinary investor -- call him Joe -- would take some of his retirement savings and put it into a giant brand-name mutual fund that advertised in the Sunday paper. The fund would take that money and MOREDec 5, 2013 6:52 AM ET
The U.S. is transparent but overpriced. What's an individual investor to do?
By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- In a global investment bazaar, where's the best place to invest right now?
Depends on who you are, as three recent responses to that question make clear.
I asked David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the giant Carlyle Group (CG) private equity firm (assets under management: $180 billion), where he's looking to buy companies MORENov 26, 2013 8:00 AM ET
The market is up, but Wall Street has less to be excited about now.
FORTUNE -- The stock market probably isn't in a bubble, but there's a bigger risk you need to consider: That buying now will mean much lower returns over the next few years.
The valuation on the S&P 500 is still reasonable enough – a P/E of 16.6, based on trailing earnings, which is only slightly higher than average.
That's MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Nov 19, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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