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Money managers parse the current state of the market, and how they advise their clients

May 9, 2018

Nothing -- from rising rates to blowout earnings -- has knocked the stock market out of its tight range over the past two months. Theories abound, but it's all a bit of a mystery. So we asked some of the sharpest money managers to explain just...

What advisers should tell clients about the inverted yield curve

May 2, 2018

Some things seem so abnormal that people take them as omens of doom. For example, if the furnace shouts, "Get out!" every time you go into the basement, you might assume that your house wasn't such a bargain after all. And if the yield on the...

Advisers answer common investor concerns with these talking points

April 5, 2018

Now that stock market volatility has awakened from its more than year-long slumber, investors are getting understandably nervous, which is putting financial advisers on notice. With that in mind, we combed the financial planning universe for...

More Than a Trickle: Investment Implications of the Cape Town Water Shortage

April 4, 2018

The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, has been making the news in recent weeks with headlines like “Drought-hit South African city risks becoming world's first big metropolis to go dry”1 leaving many stunned. As Cape Town approaches...

Stocks plunge, advisers tell clients to hang tight

March 22, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 724 points Thursday, and advisers are glad they have prepared clients for a more volatile market. "I don't get a lot of calls on days like this," said David Rae, president of DRM Wealth Management. "I'm...

Federal Reserve hikes interest rates

March 21, 2018

Federal Reserve officials, meeting for the first time under Chairman Jerome Powell, raised the benchmark lending rate a quarter point and forecast a steeper path of hikes in 2019 and 2020, citing an improving economic outlook. Policy makers...

Fed seen speeding up rate hikes

February 15, 2018

A growing number of economists expect the Federal Reserve to step up the pace of its interest-rate increases this year after congressional passage of a $300 billion government spending package that is seen lifting U.S. economic growth and inflation....

Inflation bogeyman looms

February 12, 2018

The tug-of-war between stocks and bonds is at the heart of the shakeout roiling financial markets. This week's U.S. inflation report could hold the key to the next phase. Seemingly every time 10-year Treasury yields approached a four-year high...

Advisers expect candor and clarity from new Fed chairman

February 9, 2018

As trials by fire go, there probably couldn't have been a better script for Jerome Powell's first week on the job as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. His Monday swearing-in coincided with a record 1,175-point drop by the Dow Jones industrial...

Are your clients ready for higher volatility?

January 12, 2018

If you have watched the market in the past 12 months or so, you may have noted a paucity of panic. A minimum of meltdowns. A deficit of drawdowns. And that brings us to today's topic: Is that worrisome? If so, is there a rational way to reduce...

Inflation in 2018: How big is the monster under the bed?

January 8, 2018

Every adviser has a closet of anxieties, stuffed to the gills with brutal bear markets, roaring interest rates and blithering bitcoins. But one of the biggest monsters is probably insidious inflation, which gnaws at investment returns and devalues...

Dow surpasses 25,000 for first time, as bull market storms into 2018

January 5, 2018

It's a new year and an old pattern in equities, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sailing past 25,000 for the first time as the bull market rages on. Gains in companies from Boeing Co. to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. lifted the blue-chip index past...

Brace for steepest rate hikes since 2006 in new year

December 11, 2017

Wall Street economists are telling investors to brace for the biggest tightening of monetary policy in more than a decade. With the world economy heading into its strongest period since 2011, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. predict average...

Richard Thaler talks about the formation of his RIA ... and winning the Nobel Prize

December 8, 2017

Richard H. Thaler, who earned a PhD from the University of Rochester, will be given the Nobel Prize in Economics on Sunday for integrating economics and psychology. He is a professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago...

As cash flows to companies after tax reform, here's how to invest

December 5, 2017

One reason lotteries are so popular is that most people like to dream about what they would do with vast amounts of money — enough to buy a private island, for example, or pick up a dozen Fabergé eggs on the way home. Corporations will soon...

Bitcoin price breaks $10,000. Here's what history tells us comes next.

November 29, 2017

Some investors have raised the question: "Is bitcoin a bubble?" This is somewhat like asking whether Taylor Swift makes records, or Kim Jong Un likes rockets. But let's look over the evidence. Economists have long held that investors are rational...

Advisers predict volatility will rise

November 21, 2017

Advisers expect an uptick in stock-market volatility over the next six months, but they don't seem to be particularly anxious, according to a recent survey of adviser sentiment by Eaton Vance. The firm's top-of-mind index of 1,000 advisers found...

Experts upbeat on stock market, economy in the year ahead

November 15, 2017

Strong global economic growth could propel the U.S. stock market to even greater heights, said Jeffrey Kleintop, the chief global investment strategist for Schwab. Each of the world's 45 major economies is expanding for the first time in a decade...

Thank Richard Thaler for that bigger nest egg

October 10, 2017

If you have a 401(k) plan at work, there's a good chance that you're saving more for retirement because of Richard Thaler. The Nobel Prize for economics tries to recognize important research with far-ranging consequences — but Thaler, awarded...

Behavioral finance scholar Richard Thaler wins Nobel Prize in economics

October 9, 2017

University of Chicago's Richard H. Thaler, one of the founders of behavioral economics and finance, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics for shedding light on how human weaknesses such as a lack of rationality and self-control can ultimately...

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