Stocks could face another explosion of volatility Friday as $4 trillion of options expire in ‘quadruple witching’

Stocks have been on a wild ride this week, and conditions could still get weirder as traders brace for “quadruple witching” on Friday, when a flurry of equity options and futures contracts expire. In particular, options contracts tied to $4 trillion in stocks, stock-index futures and exchange-traded funds are set to expire, making Friday potentially … Read more

10-year yield hits session highs after weakest auction since 2009

10-year Treasury note yields jumped to their highest levels of the session on Monday after an auction of $32 billion in 10-year notes saw the weakest demand, by one measure, since December 2009. The newly auctioned notes were sold with a “tail” of 3.7 basis points compared to the when-issued yield. That’s the largest tail … Read more

I’m 68, my husband is terminally ill, and his $3 million estate will go to his son. I want to spend the rest of my days traveling — will I have enough money?

Please help me. I am a 68-year-old woman married 17 years to the love of my life. Our finances have always been separate, and I signed a prenuptial agreement acknowledging that his son will inherit his estate held in a living trust (about $3 million). I get our home, and he is leaving me $350,000 … Read more

Microsoft, in FTC crosshairs, announces another acquisition

As its battle with the Federal Trade Commission deepens over the Activision Blizzard Inc. ATVI, -0.50% acquisition, Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -0.01% isn’t shying away from merger activity. The company announced in a Friday morning blog post that it has acquired Lumenisity Limited, which makes hollow core fiber (HCF) solutions. “The acquisition will expand Microsoft’s ability … Read more

DocuSign stock shoots higher after big earnings beat

Shares of DocuSign were flying higher in aftermarket action Thursday after the e-signature company topped expectations with its latest financial results. The company posted a fiscal third-quarter net loss of $30 million, or 15 cents a share, compared with $6 million, or 3 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. On an adjusted basis, the … Read more

Tesla reports record deliveries, but numbers are still shy of analysts’ targets

Tesla Inc. reported record quarterly deliveries on Sunday. but the number still disappointed analysts. Tesla said it produced over 365,000 vehicles in the just-completed third quarter, and made more than 343,000 deliveries. That was a significant rebound from the second quarter, when it reported nearly 259,000 vehicles built and 255,000 deliveries, with production stunted by … Read more

The major county in America where home prices just dropped the most is …

Buyers may be starting to see home price drops in some areas. (Getty Images) Home buyers have watched as home prices marched upwards for the past few years, but now many of you will finally get some relief — at least in some spots. “Home price appreciation has slowed dramatically in most markets, and there … Read more

Mortgage rates recently hit their highest level since 2007. Here’s what 5 economists and real estate pros say will happen next with rates

Where will mortgage rates go from here? Getty Images Since the start of the year, mortgage rates have been trending upwards — and according to many experts, this trend will likely continue through October. So far this year, mortgage rates have climbed from about 3% to nearly 7%, the highest level since 2007, MarketWatch recently … Read more

Stocks suffered their worst September since 2002. What that means for October.

It was a September investors will remember — and not in a good way. A Friday drop left the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average with their biggest monthly losses since March 2020. And it was the worst September performance for both indexes since 2002. Seasonally inclined investors may wonder what that means for … Read more

What investors need to know about October’s complicated stock-market history

While September lived up to its reputation as a brutal month for stocks, October tends to be a “bear-market killer,” associated with historically strong returns, especially in midterm election years. Skeptics, however, are warning investors that negative economic fundamentals could overwhelm seasonal trends as what’s traditionally the roughest period for equities comes to an end. Rough … Read more