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Tax-managed SMAs are still a best practice despite possible tax cuts

January 3, 2017

Taxes may be cut under President-elect Donald Trump, but they aren't going away. That's the key thought that advisers should keep in mind as they consider adapting investment strategies for their clients in the midst of potential tax law changes....

Alternative energy funds have dim prospects under a Trump presidency

December 27, 2016

One thing you can learn from the Trump presidential victory: Making bets on the fallout is anything but certain. For example, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back coal. Investors don't believe it. VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (KOL),...

Outlook for 2017: Strategists from Vanguard, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Ameriprise, BlackRock and others weigh in

December 20, 2016

Economists make predictions because people ask them to, and the same holds true for market strategists. Here's a roundup of predictions for 2017 from major fund companies and brokerages. VANGUARD: JOE DAVIS, CHIEF GLOBAL ECONOMIST, AND TEAM...

Research Affiliates' Rob Arnott: 3 reasons you should throw your hat into the emerging-markets' ring

December 19, 2016

Research Affiliates' CEO, Rob Arnott, thinks emerging markets are a hat trick: An unusual three-way combination of low valuations, depressed currencies and strong momentum. Mr. Arnott first made his recommendation for emerging markets back in...

Managed futures funds gaining traction among advisers

December 16, 2016

Investment advisers plan to increase their allocation to managed futures in 2017, according to a survey taken by Altegris Advisers at the InvestmentNews Alternatives Conference in Miami last month. The survey is based on responses from 101 conference...

As expected, Fed raises interest rates 0.25%

December 14, 2016

Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates for the first time this year and forecast a steeper path for borrowing costs in 2017, saying inflation expectations have increased “considerably” and suggesting the labor market is tightening....

How to keep clients from going wild when the Dow hits 20,000

December 14, 2016

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes in on 20,000, analysts are talking about animal spirits — specifically, bullish ones — returning to Wall Street. Are your clients clamoring to charge into the market? What do you tell them? First,...

Will the Fed's steps lead to a stumble?

December 13, 2016

Unless everyone in the universe is wrong — which has been known to happen — the Federal Reserve will nudge up short-term interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday. Is it time to worry that rising rates will hurt the stock...

Small business optimism soars after Trump victory

December 13, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. elections is a giant leap for small businesses, according to a survey of their owners. The November reading of the National Federation of Independent Businesses' small business optimism index...

Muni funds take on water as rates rise

December 5, 2016

Municipal bond funds are starting to sink as interest rates rise. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note has soared from a low of 1.37% July 8 to 2.40% Monday, sending bond prices plummeting. Municipal bond funds, whose interest is...

Trump's policies could be tough on emerging markets — and ignite a trade war with China

December 2, 2016

The election has clearly given the U.S. stock market a big boost, but how will a Trump presidency play out in China and other emerging markets? The effects of the election ripple out from the U.S. “The biggest effect in the U.S. will be monetary:...

Lesson one from Trump rally: Don't sell your stocks on short-term fears

December 1, 2016

If you needed a reason to give clients not to sell their stocks in a panic, here's one: The election of Donald J. Trump as president. Partisans on both sides were warning of the dire effects of a Trump or Clinton presidency. Expectations were...

Clients don't need income, they need money, planners say

November 28, 2016

If you've got a client looking for income, you've got a problem: Most investments don't yield enough to buy a flea an itty-bitty trampoline. And, while it's worthwhile looking for income, your best bet in today's market might be looking at a...

Emerging markets sink after Trump victory

November 23, 2016

Emerging markets have been sinking since the election of Donald Trump, led lower by Latin America and India. The average diversified emerging markets fund has fallen 4.4% since the Nov. 9 election, according to Morningstar, vs. a 3.5% gain for...

Presidential election is a warning shot to financial services industry

November 23, 2016

The U.S. Presidential election turned a lot of heads worldwide. For the first time in modern history, the U.S. elected a commander in chief with no political experience, little of the support traditionally given to the candidate of a major party...

Wall Street veterans file past Trump for potential Treasury secretary post

November 21, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump resumed meetings with potential candidates for his administration Monday in New York as his transition office announced additional liaison groups that will work with federal agencies ahead of his January inauguration....

Ed Jones adviser predicted Trump's electoral vote tally — two weeks before the election

November 21, 2016

While political pundits and pollsters continue their hand-wringing and soul searching over how they could have so badly missed the outcome of the presidential election, Jared Tjaden is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Mr. Tjaden, a 31-year-old...

Fund flows make screeching U-turn after election

November 18, 2016

Exchange-traded fund flows made a violent U-turn in the middle of Wall Street after the presidential election. Investors have been making a massive exodus from stock ETFs and open-ended funds for years. In the 12 months ended October, investors...

Alternative strategies fight index investors while longing for a 'black swan' event

November 17, 2016

Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, when virtually every asset class morphed toward a suddenly singular correlation of declines, the case for diversifying into alternative investments has sounded logical. But, also ever since the financial...

The Federal Reserve meets Donald Trump

November 15, 2016

The Fed, like most folks inside the bubbles of New York and Washington, D.C., did not expect Donald Trump to be our next president. It's now time to start speculating about how the Fed will adjust to The Donald. Re-reading the Fed's diverging...

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