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Exactly how rich is 'rich'?

May 23, 2018

Just how rich is "rich?" The answer, of course, depends on who's asking—and these days, many are. In rich-tropolises such as New York and London, 1 percenters moan that living on $500,000 a year feels Dickensian. With a pot of $40 million—and...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The ongoing rot in the economy

July 22, 2014

While most have been conveniently blaming the tepid first quarter -2.9% GDP growth figure on the weather, we believe that it is just another symptom of a much deeper malaise. As we have argued many times before (see, for example, the March 2014...

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...

What's Boehner's next move?

December 26, 2012

“If Boehner can't bring his plan B to a vote and win, he probably won't be able to successfully sell any more comprehensive deal — and we go off the cliff.” The quote above is from yesterday's post. As you may have noticed, the world didn't...

What fiscal austerity could mean for the economy

December 26, 2012

The following is excerpted from the weekly market commentary by Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist for LPL Financial. To view the complete commentary, click here. Given all the news coverage and the drama over what is at stake, it can...

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