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Equity ETF investors kept the pedal to the metal in the second quarter

July 22, 2014

Despite the old adage of “sell in May and go away,” investors kept the pedal to the metal in second quarter of 2014, pushing the average equity exchange-traded fund's (ETF) three-month return to 4.71%, with equity ETFs posting their eighth...

Global markets feeling pressure from increased geopolitical risks

July 18, 2014

Global markets come under pressure as troubles mount in Ukraine and Gaza. Is this the trigger the stock market was waiting for? Unfolding geopolitical risks Higher oil prices follow sanctions and jet crash, with crude prices up $2 a barrel....

No stock shock as central bank holdings keep ballooning

July 17, 2014

For all the talk of central bankers hitting the brakes, their policies will keep inflating their balance sheets — sustaining support for global equities. As the Federal Reserve prepares to end its third round of bond-buying as soon as October,...

Iraq's instability spreads to the world's weaker currencies

June 24, 2014

The fighting in Iraq might not be hurting stocks, but it is putting pressure on some of the most fragile global currencies. This could be the tipping point that can no longer be ignored. The oil-price influence Gold's June rally is still not...

Deflation: We fear you not

June 17, 2014

Do you like low prices? Relish discovering a bargain online or hidden on a store's shelf? Do you celebrate better and cheaper electronic devices each passing year? Well, the world's most powerful central banks stand ready to prevent such a global...

World stock markets get nervous as Iraq melts down

June 16, 2014

Global equity markets teeter toward a downward run as Iraq continues to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists. The Fed's policy meeting later this week might also be a factor. U.S. markets poised to open lower A sobering outlook for Iraq....

Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles

June 12, 2014

Oil jumps to a three-month high as militants march on toward Bagdad. This can't be good. The insurgency is hitting financial markets and global currencies Hedge funds are taking issue with Obama's student loan plan. The President's latest executive...

Buffett is ready to double down on his wind and solar energy bet

June 10, 2014

Warren Buffett sees his $15 billion wind and solar energy investment as just the beginning. It's chump change to the world's fifth-largest company. ”We're going to keep doing that as far as the eye can see." The European Central Bank's stimulus...

Sell in May? No way, says almanac

May 28, 2014

It's May, and if recent history is your guide, now is the time to sell stocks and go away for the summer. As the saying goes: “Sell in May and go away.” + Zoom Jeff Hirsch: Sell in May but don't go away. Since 1950, the Dow Jones Industrial...

2014's oddly logical bond market rally

May 19, 2014

This year's surprising bond market rally is really about economic false starts and guarding against rates that never rose. Mohamed El-Erian breaks it down. When interest rates don't rise Both retail and professional investors are getting cautious...

European economic growth disappoints, adding pressure to the ECB strategy

May 15, 2014

Europe's economy is stuck. Widespread weakness across the currency bloc produces just 0.2% growth in the first quarter, half of what economists were expecting. Pressure builds at the European Central Bank Heads continue to roll at Citigroup,...

SEC warns investors about pitfalls of Bitcoin

May 8, 2014

Virtual currency may be trendy but it also poses dangers to investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned in an alert to investors. The most popular form of digital money is known as Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer currency that has been...

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