Santa Claus rally is in trouble, may signal weaker stocks

The Santa Claus rally is in trouble. That’s the tendency for the stock market to rise on the last five days of the old year, and the first two days of the new year — typically good for a gain of 1.3%, and historically the best seven-consecutive-day period of the year. But not so far. With … Read more

It’s a big election year around the world. Here’s where the pros are watching

2024 is set to be a major election year, with over 75 countries heading to the polls. The Economist Intelligence Unit says that more than four billion people — or over half of the world’s population — live in countries with elections expected this year. These range from the U.K. and the U.S., to Russia, … Read more

Oil settles lower as Russia fuel export ban boosts, rate hikes weigh

This aerial photo shows the Enping 15-1 oil platform 200 km southwest of Shenzhen, south China, May 31, 2023. Mao Siqian | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Oil prices settled lower after choppy trading on Thursday, rising as much as $1 a barrel after a Russian ban on fuel exports snatched the focus from … Read more

Blinken to embark on a high-stakes trip to China

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy summit on June 5, 2023 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to travel to China in the coming weeks for talks, two U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday. The … Read more

Does being a digital nomad save money? It depends on where you go

Sipping a cold pint of beer in Budapest can cost $2. Dinner for two in a pub in Prague? About $22. And a month’s rental for a sleek studio apartment in the center of the Portuguese city of Porto can set you back $650. With these sorts of living costs, it’s no surprise that many are … Read more