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Making sense of the stock market's post-election run

November 14, 2016

There are reasons the stock market went into rally mode in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election. The upside of sudden certainty. Right out of the blocks industrial stocks have rallied in the wake of the presidential election...

Vanguard, Pimco feel the pain as long-term funds get smacked

November 14, 2016

The bond market selloff is getting more serious, and investors are starting to feel the pain. The bellwether 10-year Treasury note yield rose to 2.24% Monday, up from an all-time low of 1.37% on July 8th. Bond prices fall when yields rise. Despite...

Donald Trump's transition team says scrapping Dodd-Frank is job one

November 11, 2016

On Day 2 as president-elect, the Donald Trump transition team is already talking about tearing apart Dodd-Frank. This will not sit well with Elizabeth Warren. With Donald Trump at the helm some ETFs will stand out in the crowd. GLD, IGF, RSX,...

Leveraging portfolios to take advantage of Donald Trump's policies

November 10, 2016

Protests in the streets and emotional outbursts notwithstanding, the craziest presidential election in modern history has officially come and gone. What we're left with, at least from a financial services perspective, is the immediate, near-,...

What you can learn from 30 years of stock-picking

November 10, 2016

You can learn a lot about investing in 30 years, and if you don't believe it, check out the class of 1986 — fund managers who have each run their fund the past 30 years. That's exactly what the Ariel funds did Wednesday, gathering together...

Donald Trump win takes the stock market to hell and back

November 10, 2016

The wild ride of election night saw the Dow swing by more than 1,100 points from trough to peak. Will nothing derail this market? Markets recover as the shock of a Donald Trump presidency sinks in. The Fed might have yet another excuse for doing...

Money managers react to Trump's victory

November 10, 2016

The Ariel funds gathered some top money managers in Chicago this week to talk about the past and the future. Here are their reactions to the results of the 2016 presidential election.

How the bond market braced for the election

November 9, 2016

How the bond market braced for a Trump surprise while anticipating a Clinton dud. “The election event risk is asymmetric.” The stock market might have enjoyed a nice rally leading up to yesterday's election, but don't use that as any kind...

Advisers brace for the transition toward a President Trump

November 9, 2016

Financial advisers, normally known for preaching calm in times of market stress, are already looking past any short-term volatility following the election of Donald Trump to focus on areas of opportunity. “I think the Republican-led government...

USA Mutuals Vice Fund's winning strategy in election year: Guns, booze, tobacco and gambling

November 8, 2016

When Americans are worried, they reach for guns, tobacco, slot machines and booze — and that's one reason USA Mutuals Vice fund (VICEX) has done so well this year. Unlike funds that seek to make the world safer and healthier, USA Mutuals Vice...

Cautious investors hedge a Donald Trump presidency to the bitter end

November 8, 2016

It's finally here. Election day for the craziest presidential campaign season in modern history. Based on Monday's stock market rally, some are trusting the polls and the momentum of professional politician Hillary Clinton. But some investors...

The markets fear a contested presidential election

November 7, 2016

The biggest concern for investors right now should be a contested presidential election. Fearing the hanging chads. Regardless of who wins the election, the best bet might be gold. The one certain winner. Could $500,000 be the new number for...

Little bloodshed in bond market so far as interest rates rise

November 4, 2016

Interest rates have been rising since July, and investors have stormed out of bond funds in fear of the most widely anticipated bear market in history. How bad has the carnage been so far? Not so bad. The 10-year Treasury note yield hit 1.366%...

Handful of mutual funds set up for big capital gains distributions

November 4, 2016

So far, 2016 doesn't look like a year in which investors will be hit hard with mutual fund capital gains distributions. But there are some noteworthy standouts. A “handful of doozies.” The official word from Wells Fargo is that the SEC is...

Leadership insights from former President George W. Bush

November 3, 2016

I was fortunate to be invited to have dinner and witness a conversation with the 43rd President, George W. Bush, exactly one week before the election. Given my own sense of frustration with the candidates thrust upon us this year, it was an...

Why full U.S. employment doesn't include millennials

November 3, 2016

Aggregate unemployment has been hovering at 5%, a huge turnaround from 9.5% at the bottom of the most recent recession. Thus the U.S. is at or close to full employment. Lots of people — some of them quite smart — believe this. Unfortunately,...

BlackRock banks on cheaper ETFs

November 2, 2016

BlackRock's ETF price cut is proving to be an out-of-the-gate winner, according to the latest asset flows. The lowest-cost ETFs attract $5B Bank stocks are being singled out as most vulnerable in this election cycle. Bank stocks and the polls....

Boldly betting oil will top out at $50 a barrel

November 1, 2016

Pricing in an oil price top at $50 that Wall Street has not yet realized. It's a strategy. Viewing oil from a demand side, instead of a supply side. The IMF's chief economist is advising the U.S. Fed to tread lightly toward any kind of interest...

Guggenheim bond shop outperforms by taking fearless advantage of Fed policy

November 1, 2016

As Guggenheim Investments closes in on its five-year anniversary as a retail mutual fund shop, it continues to test the limits of bond-portfolio creativity and performance. This year through October, seven of Guggenheim's eight taxable actively...

Fresh FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton sets the markets on edge

October 31, 2016

It could be the ultimate October surprise. A new investigation of Hillary Clinton has set the stock market on edge. The awkward Anthony Weiner connection. Victims of Bernie Madoff see some payback as the estate of deceased money manager Stanley...

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