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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...

Global economy strong, but investment outlook not so much: Vanguard

September 20, 2017

The world's biggest mutual fund company says it's surprised by the global economy's strength this year, but that doesn't mean it's more optimistic about the investment outlook. Investors should brace for a decade of "muted returns," said Nathan...

Economists predict long-term effects of Harvey will remain local

August 28, 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey will come with major economic consequences for an area critical to U.S. energy production that will be painful, costly and lasting, but the damage is unlikely to reverberate across the country, economists said. Harvey has...

Trump kicks off effort to sell a tax plan that is short on details

August 30, 2017

President Donald Trump warned Congress not to miss a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to boost the economy with a massive overhaul of the U.S. tax code as he kicked off his effort to sell the American public on his tax plan Wednesday at a...

Fed to start shrinking portfolio in October

September 20, 2017

Federal Reserve officials set an October start for shrinking their $4.5 trillion stockpile of assets, moving to unwind a pillar of their crisis-era support for the economy. They continued to forecast one more interest-rate hike later this year,...

In poll, economists say they expect Congress to pass tax cuts by Nov. 2018

August 14, 2017

The pros who make their living forecasting the economy overwhelmingly expect President Donald J. Trump and his fellow Republicans to push through tax cuts in time for next year's congressional elections. They just don't think that the reductions...

American politics is No. 1 'hot topic' with clients: survey

June 13, 2017

Clients are more skittish than usual, and it's the U.S. political environment that has them nervous about whether they are on track financially. Over the past six months, 84% of advisers said they have needed to reassure clients that they'll...

Bill Gross: US markets at highest risk levels since before financial crisis

June 7, 2017

U.S. markets are at their highest risk levels since before the 2008 financial crisis because investors are paying a high price for the chances they're taking, according to Bill Gross, manager of the $2 billion Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained...

Harvey may be among the world's most costly recent catastrophes

September 1, 2017

As Tropical Depression Harvey winds down, its full economic impact is still unclear. Risk-modeling company RMS estimates $70 billion to $90 billion in losses from wind, storm surge and flood damage, most of it in the Houston metropolitan area....

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,...

Washington dysfunction looms over markets as September approaches

August 24, 2017

Most investors and advisers try to steer clear of politics. But two big events — a possible government shutdown and a potential default — could make the markets choppy in the next few months, and it's probably best if advisers brief their...

Trump budget seeking $3.6 trillion in cuts draws skepticism

May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government's role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers....

Independent advisers are key to economic growth in their communities: Oxford Economics study

October 3, 2016

With America in the thick of election season, we hear one question asked repeatedly in regards to various candidates and policies: “Who is looking out for the middle class?” Political fortunes will rise and fall across the country this November...

Federal Reserve must change course to stop economy's downward trajectory

March 16, 2016

Last June, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, surprised everyone by wading into the U.S. interest rate hike discussion. “The inflation rate is not progressing at a rate that would warrant, without risk, a rate...

The rise of Trump, and what it means for markets and advisers

January 20, 2016

It's hard to believe, but 2016 is upon us and Donald Trump is still in the limelight of the Republican presidential race. A year ago, many predicted Mr. Trump would put his foot too far into his mouth at some point and fall out of the race with...

Advice for advisers: Always think about inflation

November 20, 2015

Inflation — and how to outpace it — should always be a top concern for investors. Over the last several years though, it really hasn't. Inflation, as defined by the Consumer Price Index, has been falling for about four years and has now...

Alex Rodriguez and the Federal Reserve rewrite history

August 19, 2015

On a clear July night at Target Field in Minneapolis, 39-year-old New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez swung at a fastball over the plate, driving the ball over the center field fence. With the swing of a bat, A-Rod had hit his third home run of the...

Billionaire wealth is not guaranteed forever

March 22, 2016

Getting to the top is hard, but staying there is even harder. In the world of wealth creation, becoming a billionaire is a substantial feat, but staying a billionaire over long periods of time can be an even tougher enterprise. As a UBS-PwC...

It's all about the economy

July 27, 2015

All eyes are on the economy as September, and a possible Fed rate hike, inch closer. Here's some economic data to get excited about. When you're doing estate plans, don't forget your single clients. In some cases, a single person may need to...

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