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It’s always the way for investors. When times are great the worries begin and the question is – when will the market turn and why?

Well for now, whether you’ve invested in US Stocks or property, it’s a reason to celebrate.

The S&P 500 Index is up 8% so far this quarter.

It’s the largest gain since the 4th Quarter of 2020, It’s also up five straight quarters or a remarkable 66%.

That’s the longest quarterly winning streak in 5 years, the vaccine rollout and huge cash injections have certainly helped.

Stocks are up about 90 per cent from the worst of the market panic in March last year.

Microscope on property – should you invest?

House for sale with “For Sale” real estate sign in yard in spring or summer season. No people.

in April U.S. home prices jumped the most in more than 30 years…that’s quite a long time

Analysts have described the growth as truly extraordinary, in part its down to the post pandemic bounce and buyers wanting to escape the city for bigger suburban homes.

Low rates and a shortage of supply has also helped the boom but its causing issues too.

Buyers are struggling to find properties they can afford and now builders are seeing higher prices in materials and limited skilled workers as they keep up with interest.

So, what could go wrong?

Well, perhaps more troublesome virus strains of course everyone has their fingers crossed that it doesn’t, stretched valuations and the prospect of tighter monetary policy as the recovery stokes inflation tremors.

Always keep an eye out.

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Big tech stocks tumble amid market uncertainty

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Big tech companies are struggling in the markets this quarter as interest rates rise to battle inflation

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devalued tech stocks causing further supply chain disruptions and sending the broad S&P 500 index down about 5 per cent.

Rising interest rates triggered more severe plummets with the S&P dropping another 16 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite index by 22 per cent.

Tesla’s stock took a huge hit sinking to nearly 38 per cent its largest decline since 2010.

Amazon saw similar results falling by 35 per cent the most in over 20 years.

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Google to pay millions to app developers

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App developers are accusing Google of tempting users into making in-app purchases.

The lawsuit relates to money that was made by app creators for Android smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco court, where the 48,000 app developers are believed to have been affected.

“Following our win against Apple for similar conduct, we think this pair of settlements sends a strong message to big tech: the law is watching, and even the most powerful companies in the world are accountable when they stifle competition.”

Steve Berman, ATTORNEY FOR the Android developers.

Google says the settlement’s funds will support developers who have made less than USD $2 million in revenue between 2016 and 2021.

“A vast majority of U.S. developers who earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose,” the company says.

Google says it will charge developers a 15 per cent commission on their first million in revenue.

The court is yet to approve the proposed settlement.

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Tesla deliveries expected to fall – here’s why

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Tesla deliveries are expected to drop significantly in the second quarter, as prolonged Covid lockdowns in China and supply chain issues take their toll

The company is also struggling to ramp up its new factories, with Tesla boss Elon Musk seemingly distracted by his very public pursuit of Twitter.

Tesla has been plagued by production glitches in China and slow output growth at new factories in both Texas and Berlin.

Experts predict deliveries will slump to just over 295,000 vehicles for the second quarter.

This would be down from the company’s record of 310,000 in the preceding quarter, marking Tesla’s first quarter-on-quarter decline since 2020.

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