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Markets, financial advisers get nervous as Donald Trump closes in on Hillary Clinton

September 9, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign is anything but ordinary, which is a big part of the reason financial advisers should not be banking on ordinary election-year stock market results. “I don't think the market is moving with any precision towards...

Fed finds more reasons to keep sitting on its hands

September 8, 2016

The Fed's latest reason for not raising interest rates is that only highly-skilled workers are getting raises. Also, U.S. job openings surged to a record high in July. There might be times when you want to curse during communications with clients,...

Morningstar to help advisers compare ETFs to mutual funds

September 8, 2016

Morningstar Inc. is embracing the model used by more financial advisers by combing exchange-traded funds and open-end mutual funds into the same peer groups when calculating fund ratings. The financial-data tracking firm also announced Thursday...

Financial-sector ETFs bet on a possible interest-rate hike pays off

September 7, 2016

With the most recent employment report coming in weaker-than-expected, the odds of an interest-rate hike in September have dropped into “unlikely” territory. But don't tell that to investors in financial-sector exchanged-traded funds. Similar...

Are junk bonds becoming the new equities?

September 1, 2016

It's a well-known reality that high-yield bonds are generally more correlated to equities than they are to higher-quality bonds, but is it possible to actually substitute junk bonds for stocks? That argument is being made on a selective basis...

Advisers are bracing for a September market storm

August 31, 2016

As financial advisers prepare to relax over the Labor Day weekend break, many are also bracing for an increased focus on the kinds of market volatility that typically comes with September. With perspectives ranging from, it happens every year...

Bond bubble? CFAs say yes

August 29, 2016

Are we in a bond market bubble? Apparently, 30% of CFAs think so. But only 3% say that applies to high-grade corporate bonds. Third-quarter GDP growth should be just below 1%, according to Markit's chief economist. And that's somewhere between...

Blaming the 401(k) for lack of retirement savings

August 26, 2016

The case for how 401(k) plans have put retirement income further out of reach for some Americans. Pensions used to work, then pensions went away. The typical 401(k) is anything but automatic. Don't make the mistake of overlooking U.S. oil production...

The risky but necessary bet on dividends for income

August 25, 2016

Dividend-yielding stocks have been praised as a replacement for bond income ever since the Fed started standing with both feet on interest rates, but that doesn't make the strategy an automatic home run for every client. When it comes to portfolio...

Value strategies defy logic in push past growth stocks

August 24, 2016

Ten years into a bull market for growth stocks, the cycle finally appears to be turning in favor of value investing, but not for all the usual reasons. Among domestic equity mutual fund categories, small- and mid-cap value strategies stand out...

Fed officials feel the heat heading into Jackson Hole meeting

August 23, 2016

All eyes are on the Federal Reserve's meeting this Friday in Jackson Hole. There is hope the Fed will step up and fix this mess they are calling the new normal. The pressure is mounting. Follow Michael Kitces’ advice on navigating inherited...

A case for cash when stock prices are off the charts

August 22, 2016

Sometimes the best investment move is toward the sidelines, especially when stocks and bonds are both teetering near record highs. The case for cash. Former hedge funder, Steve Eisman, who is now with Neuberger Berman, says hedge fund fees are...

Morningstar demystifies 401(k) loans

August 19, 2016

Morningstar's Christine Benz cracks to code on those perplexing 401(k) loans. Dissecting the pros, cons and myths of borrowing from a retirement account. The Department of Justice moves to phase out the use of private prisons for federal inmates....

Smart beta finds fixed income

August 18, 2016

Fixed income shapes up as the next frontier for smart-beta strategies. A small but strong showing. The haters are gonna hate this, but things might be shaping up for the start of a bear market for bonds. The momentum is just getting started....

All three stock indexes hit record highs in 1999 redux, minus the investor euphoria

August 12, 2016

Seeing three major U.S. stock markets indexes all hit record highs for the first time since 1999 has given pundits and market watchers plenty to analyze, but fear is not yet part of the equation. “Valuations are getting high, but they can...

Bond bears are starting to look smart

August 10, 2016

After years of being so wrong, it looks like bond bears might finally be right. It's vindication time. Sizing up the Trump and Clinton tax plans. How do you like your taxes? High or higher? Take a gander at what $12.29 trillion worth of household...

Money-market funds scramble ahead of SEC's floating NAV rule

August 10, 2016

With less than two months remaining before new investor safeguards kick in, the $2.7 trillion money-market fund industry is becoming a radically altered landscape. In an effort to prepare for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Oct. 14...

Nassim Taleb trots out another 'black swan' forecast

August 9, 2016

Nassim Taleb calls for a market crash and much pain ahead. The creator of “black swan” theory says we can thank quantitative easing for the mess heading our way. The “uber-rich have benefitted, and nothing has been cured.” Barclays throws...

Finding safe yields above 5%

August 8, 2016

There are still places to find safe yield above 5%. Truth is stranger than fiction. Take it from these fixed-income and dividend-stock pros. The crushing effects of low oil prices. Oil below $40 is hurting businesses from hotels to retailers....

Reading between the lines of Friday's jobs report

August 5, 2016

Depending on how much stock can be placed in any jobs report that fails to include all those people who have given up looking for work in this lackluster economic recovery, Friday's employment data might make you happy. July payrolls expected...

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