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China Shares Fall Most in Six Years on Regulatory Crackdown

Chinese Regulators Target Margin Trading and Shadow Banking<p>A sudden move by China to curb excess borrowing among investors jolted the Shanghai Stock Exchange, sending shares down 7.7% in its worst one-day drop in more than six years and reinforcing the volatility of the fast-growing exchange.<p>The …

Stock Markets

What Is The US Dollar Index?

The US Dollar Index is a measure of the value of the United States Dollar relative to a basket of foreign currencies. It began at an arbitrary 100.000 in March of 1973. Since then it has been as high as 164.72 (February 1985) and as low as 70.698 (March 2008).<p>It is a weighted measure using the …

This very scary chart reveals the risky business of China’s bull market

China’s out-of-the-blue stock market run-up may finally be screeching to a halt. The Shanghai Composite Index’s nosedive in the last half-hour of trading this week wiped out a 3.4% gain from earlier in the session, as fears of a worsening economic picture surfaced.<p>It was a rare, sobering moment for …

Oil’s Drop and Economic Fears in Europe Hammer Stocks

Global Markets Fall as Crude Dips Below $50 and Data Hint at Deflation<p>Stock markets around the globe tumbled as oil briefly fell below $50 a barrel and fresh worries arose about Europe’s economy, stoking fears of deflation.<p>The euro dropped to its lowest level against the dollar since 2006, …

Will Funds Outperform in 2015?

A Few Investment Lessons From Last Year’s Market<p>As 2015 gets under way, most on Wall Street expect the nearly six-year-old bull market for stocks to keep running. And the long-awaited bear market for bonds seems to be on hold.<p>For mutual-fund investors, that would suggest another good year after …

Financial Markets

Beijing Taps Brakes, and Markets Drop

China Notches Biggest Market Loss in 5 Years After Surprise Move to Rein In Lending<p>China notched its biggest market loss in five years after Beijing made a surprise move to rein in lending, fueling concerns about growth in the world’s No. 2 economy.<p>Tuesday’s selloff came as policy makers convened …