The labor market is surprisingly strong, but job loss has slowed in these sectors: why might that affect workers’ bargaining power?

Friday’s jobs report showed surprising strength in the labor market, but there are signs that all may not be well for all workers. Attrition in low-wage sectors like retail, leisure and hospitality is slowing, said Nick Bunker, an economist at Indeed Hiring Lab. That means people working in those sectors probably have less bargaining power … Read more

Roaring job market puts ‘boomflation’ back on the map for investors

Instead, concern focused on what a dizzying job market and rising costs mean for stock and bond portfolios, particularly if it turns into a combination of higher growth and inflation with staying power. How to call such a scenario? “Boomflation,” said Kent Engelke, chief economic strategist at Capitol Securities Management, pointing to annual wage gains … Read more

Opinion: Bear Market Depression: How to Maintain a Sense of Financial Control in Times of Uncertainty.

Between pandemic lockdowns, health issues, controversial politics, and significant inflation with rising prices, many US investors may feel like they are losing control of their situations. Add to that a bear market for stocks, with a possible recession looming. To maintain resilience, we can focus on taking care of our physical, mental, and financial well-being … Read more

Opinion: The S&P 500 is very close to crossing this crucial level and challenging the bear market trend line

The S&P 500 Index may be about to lock in two major SPX bulls, -0.04% milestones. First, the S&P has rallied from that mid-June low to major resistance at 4170. A two-day close above that level would be quite bullish and set the stage for a challenge to the downtrend line that defines this market. … Read more

I am the chief economist for a mortgage firm that has financed over $100 billion in loans. These are 3 things you need to know about the real estate market right now.

cameron findlay As home prices and mortgage rates rise and housing inventory remains severely limited, many homebuyers are asking: Should I buy? And if I want to buy, what do I need to know now about the real estate market? That’s why MarketWatch Picks created a Serie where we asked leading economists and real estate … Read more

‘I’ve seen my accounts drop by 22%.’ My financial advisor has generally done well, but now it seems that he is not making enough adjustments in this tough market as I am losing large chunks of money. What’s my move?

How to know if your financial advisor is doing a good job. Getty Images/iStockphoto Ask: I have had a financial advisor with a national firm for over a decade. We have done well and your fees are appropriate at 1%. His firm’s strategy is to buy a basket of shares, and there are literally dozens … Read more

‘Continuing home price deceleration.’ Here’s what 5 economists and real estate pros predict will happen to the housing market this year

What will happen in the housing market this year? Getty Images When will home price growth really slow down? Will mortgage rates continue their upward climb? What do I need to know if I’m trying to buy a house now? These are all questions we’re hearing from readers, peers and others, so we asked top … Read more

‘Continuing home price deceleration.’ Here’s what 5 economists and real estate pros predict will happen to the housing market this year

What will happen in the housing market this year? Getty Images When will home price growth really slow down? Will mortgage rates continue their upward climb? What do I need to know if I’m trying to buy a house now? These are all questions we’re hearing from readers, peers and others, so we asked top … Read more