New source of inspiration needed for bull market to continue its fine run

HOLD the ticker-tape parade for the bull market's 10-year anniversary.

US stocks fell last week as hopes of a grand bargain between the United States and China faded and the clearest signs yet of a global economic slowdown appeared in jobs data and central bank actions. High stakes games of "deal or no deal" on Chinese trade and Brexit may perpetuate the volatility this week, which marks a decade since the broad Standard & Poor's 500 started a run that has seen it near quintupling in value.

The closest shave with death for the bull market came in December. The big fear that drove the near-bear market selloff was that the damage to economic growth from tariffs would be done before China and the...

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