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Why Midterm Election Years Are Tough for the Stock Market

These efforts often contribute to strong stock market returns leading up to presidential elections, when it is in presidents’ greatest interest to stimulate the economy.In the first half of a […]




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Russia-Ukraine Crisis Shakes Markets, but Long-Term Outlook Is Better

Global markets usually weaken as wars approach, strengthen long before wars end and treat human calamity with breathtaking indifference.That’s been a common historical pattern, anyway. And, with some important caveats, […]




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The Stock Market Loves Biden More Than Trump. So Far, at Least.

From the moment he was elected president in 2016 through his failed campaign for re-election, Donald J. Trump invoked the stock market as a report card on the presidency.The market […]




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‘Is Exxon a Survivor?’ The Oil Giant Is at a Crossroads.

HOUSTON — Over the last 135 years, Exxon Mobil has survived hostile governments, ill-fated investments and the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill. Through it all, the oil company made bundles […]