bear market

If you really want to find out about America's economy, whom do you ask -- economists or CEOs?
There has been really bad news on the Chinese economy almost daily as its industrial profits fall to the lowest level since 2011, when the US stock market had its last 10 percent "correction."
You've probably heard the advice to ride through market turbulence. That is good advice, but it needs to be repeated regularly because too many folks don't heed it - even people who should know better.
There are probably plenty of reasons to start preparing for trouble. Far be it for me to tell you to not be a doomsday prepper. Between the Federal Reserve, China and bonds, what's a poor investor to do?
If "living simply" to you means not having to go to a job you hate every morning and enjoying a millionaire lifestyle instead, that's fine - go after it. But if all you want is to live simply with your expenses covered and your family comfortable? That's fine too.
We can just make stuff up with aplomb. One day we say the market rises as "investors cheer" good employment numbers; the very next day we attribute the decline to "structural problems" and look forward to a long decline! Were those structural problems not present yesterday when investors were cheering?
Last December, a chart began circulating among Wall Street trading desks that drew parallels between 1929 and today. This chart is obviously frightening as the market fell over 40 percent in one month back in 1929. So should you sell everything?
I thought it would be valuable to take a lesson on fear from legendary investor Warren Buffett. After an epic run in 2013, stocks have taken a breather to start the new year. If you read the recent headlines, you'd probably be scared stiff.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high, but while there's a bull market for stocks, there's a bear market for workers. What's behind the disconnect? Ricky Camilleri is joined by David Crisanti, Jennifer Streaks and Mark Thoma to discuss.
According to TIM Group, any figure above 33 percent is considered a bearish trend -- meaning those making the short sale