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Why Stocks Climb During Bad Economy News

In this pandemic environment, why are stocks climbing when news about the economy isn't good?

I've actually been getting that question a lot. And look, nobody really knows why stock markets move the way they do in real time. But there's a variety of factors why we've seen stock market rallies these days. So, one is improving investor sentiment that some of the government measures to stabilize the economy are working. And the other one is something you saw on Monday, when the Dow rose more than 900 points, there was some news out about a potential coronavirus vaccine. Some positive preliminary results on that experimental trial. So, that helped also improve investor sentiment.

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What is the role of the SEC?

What is the role of the SEC?

So, the SEC has three roles: The first is to protect the investing public. The second is to help maintain fair, efficient and orderly markets. And the third is to facilitate capital formation.

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What is the Treasury doing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic?

What is the Treasury doing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic?

So, as you saw, the Treasury Department announced on Monday that they're going to be borrowing $3 trillion in order to help pay for some of the initiatives around the coronavirus pandemic. That's just in the second quarter alone. In the third quarter, they're going to borrow an additional $677 billion. The Congressional Budget Office, the CBO, predicts that the federal budget deficit is going to hit a record $3.7 trillion this year alone.

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Betty Liu Explains: Why Oil Prices Went Negative

Why did oil prices go negative last week?

That was really quite a day on Monday. So, you saw WTI crude go into negative price territory. As you can imagine, the demand for oil has dropped dramatically. We're not driving as many cars. We're not flying as many airplanes. And so, that decline in demand means that oil is piling up in storage. That price drop also was likely exacerbated by an expiring futures contract and it basically capped off three straight weeks of losses in oil.

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Betty Liu Explains: Environmental Social Governance (ESG) & Growth

What is ESG?

ESG stands for Environmental Social Governance. These are factors that investors use to measure the societal and sustainable impact of their investment in a particular company.

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