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Sheaff Brock | S&P 500 is a measuring stick of the 500 largest US corporations

Please Welcome to the Stage…the Standard & Poor’s Index!

It’s a measuring stick, a benchmark, a way to discuss our investment markets. But what, exactly, does it DO? The S&P 500 index measures the value of the stock of the country’s 500 largest corporations listed on the New York Stock Exchange or on the Nasdaq Composite. The idea? To provide investors a quick look at the stock market and the economy. And, while many investors first check the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 index is the [...]

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors | Climbing the Wall of Worry about Interest Rates | Rock Climber

Are Investors Climbing a “Wall of Worry” About Interest Rates?

“So, as has been the case during most of the bouts of nervousness in recent years, there is no shortage of things to worry about,” writes the Calafia Beach Pundit, in answer to a question about the proverbial “Wall of Worry,” admitting that every significant decline in stock prices in recent years has coincided with a spike in market nervousness. To date, however, the author points out, all the current "panic attacks" have proven to be unfounded; the economy [...]