Weekend reads: Russia, Ukraine and your money
Russian forces were closing in on Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, from three sides on February 25. MarketWatch will release updates throughout the day and weekend.
Lukas I. Alpert, former Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, gives his views on the main reason for Russia’s latest military intervention and the thinking of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Barry Pavel, who served as special assistant for defense policy and strategy on the National Security Council to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, considers how NATO might attempt to contain Russia in the long term.
How U.S. consumers could suffer from the dispute
William Watts describes the threat of stagflation – high inflation as the economy slows – the conflict leading to higher wheat and corn prices.
As if air travel couldn’t get any worse, the conflict is likely to drive up ticket prices, as Andrew Keshner reports.
How the stock market might react and what investors should do
Jeff Reeves looks at a possible safe haven for investors: commodity ETFs.
With global energy markets in flux, here are the oil company stocks that analysts believe will have the most upside over the next 12 months.
Mark Hulbert reviews past strife and market reactions to estimate how long it will take for US stocks to bottom before stock prices rally.
Christine Idzelis interviewed Paul Christopher, head of global market strategy at Wells Fargo Investment Institute, who had this advice for investors.
How safe are bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies during the dispute?
The price of bitcoin BTCUSD,
fell 6% from the previous week to hit $38,360 on February 24, and the virtual currency was down 43% from its high of $65,720 on November 10, according to data provided by FactSet.
Frances Yue writes the Distributed Ledger column, covering virtual currencies. This week, she examines how the Russian-Ukrainian conflict could affect cryptocurrencies as long-term stores of value.
Which American cities are the least affordable?
Jacob Passy lists the top 10 overvalued real estate markets, according to researchers at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. They warn that buying at the top of a market bubble could hurt you financially for many years.
Home Depot, Lowe’s and a new phase for investors
Home Depot HD,
and Lowe’s LOW,
both had strong fourth quarters, but their guidance points to a year of tough earnings season comparisons for investors of all kinds of companies.
Tonya Garcia covered the results and outlook for home improvement retailers:
Home Depot sales hit a record $150 billion, but shares fall as high inflation and falling demand are expected to take their toll
Lowe’s says it is well positioned for a strong US housing market where nearly half of homes are over 40 years old
A way to manage inflation
When a company’s costs rise, whether because workers earn more or prices for supplies rise, it must choose to raise prices immediately or delay the move in an effort to take business from its competitors. . Or he could do a stealth move instead. Tonya Garcia explains how a Burger King franchisor is changing its menu to counter inflation.
Why people quit their jobs
It’s not necessarily a negative trend – some people quit their jobs for the best reasons. Quentin Fottrell reports on the phenomenon of career change and its causes.
Planning a Divorce Before Getting Married
In his role as Moneyist, Quentin Fottrell helps a reader who is about to get married but whose fiancé is against the prenup.
The tech stock pullback and what to do about it
The Nasdaq COMP composite index,
is dominated by big tech companies and has fallen 16% from its all-time high on Nov. 19.
Matt Moberg, co-manager of the Franklin DynaTech Fund FKDNX,
who lived through the dot-com boom and bust cycle that ended in the early 2000s, shares his thoughts on the tech stock environment with Michael Brush.
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