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Puerto Rico's default could ripple through average Americans' portfolios

August 3, 2015

Puerto Rico has missed a debt payment, marking a major setback for the U.S. commonwealth. The next step is to look at how the fallout could be felt by average Americans. Half of U.S. open-end muni bond funds are exposed to Puerto Rican debt...

China's dilemma: Is it 1987 or 1929?

July 31, 2015

Having spent the summer ruminating over the macro events in Europe, my focus has now turned to the U.S. stock market crashes of 1929 and 1987. Why, you might ask? The answer lies in China, where policy interventions in the face of a steep selloff...

Climate change could impact client portfolios

July 31, 2015

Advisers might want to begin talking to their clients about the investment risk of climate change before the international conference on climate in Paris in December starts generating headlines. Large institutional investors overwhelmingly incorporate...

Advisers say China drop isn't done yet, but calm clients on the downslide

July 27, 2015

The greatest one-day drop in Chinese stocks in eight years on Monday is not a signal that markets have bottomed out in China, according to financial advisers. “It would be best to stay away from Chinese stocks for now,” said David Kudla,...

Health care creates a bright spot for beleaguered stock-pickers

July 24, 2015

Daniel P. Wiener almost never uses mutual funds that zero in on a single industry and try to pick the very best companies within it. But when it comes to the health care, Mr. Wiener is making an exception. He's all in. And his tool of choice...

Greece's latest problem is the IMF

July 15, 2015

The IMF is throwing a wrench into the Greek bailout works. This doesn't look good. Setting off a political earthquake in Europe Could China be dragging the entire world into a recession? Morgan Stanley thinks so. 'The next global recession will...

Emerging markets pioneer Mark Mobius to step down as lead manager on Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust

July 14, 2015

Mark Mobius, who is credited as a pioneer in emerging-market investing, will step down as the lead manager of one of the oldest developing-nation stock funds after trailing his benchmarks in recent years. The Templeton Emerging Markets Investment...

Short sales are stacking up and the bears are starting to show some teeth

July 10, 2015

The market bears are getting bolder as they start to come out from a long hibernation, which doesn't really bode well for the bulls. Short sales have hit a post-financial crisis peak Putting Puerto Rico's debt load in perspective. On a per capita...

China does everything wrong in efforts to reverse stock market slide

July 9, 2015

China gets low marks for how it is trying to save its equity markets by preventing the sale of stocks. This is what happens when a communist government tries to operate free-market policies. 'It suggests desperation' Taking a fair-value approach...

China's stock market meltdown is looking like a buying opportunity

July 8, 2015

U.S. investors should be embracing the Chinese stock market meltdown as a unique opportunity to catch a ride on a fast-growing, if rattled, economy. Even with a decline of more than 22% over the past month, the benchmark CSI 300 is up more than...

Greeks vote 'no' and everybody loses

July 6, 2015

Greek voters opt for a collision course with the European Union over austerity. Go figure. Voters snub creditors Mohamed El-Erian says investors should buckle in for a global market meltdown in response to Sunday's Greek vote. Look for a general...

China stock plunge reignites debate over when and whether U.S. investors should get in

July 6, 2015

The quick, steep downturn in Chinese stocks has added a sour new dimension to a debate over when — and whether — U.S. investors should charge into the world's second-largest stock market. One of the most widely tracked indexes in Asia on...

Don't bet on the 'inevitable' selloff in Treasuries just yet

July 6, 2015

Don't count out Treasuries just yet. Even after the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates sparked the deepest selloff in two years, Prudential Financial Inc., RBC Global Asset Management and ED&F Man Capital Markets say there are still plenty...

Crazy as it might sound, the new all-in bet is going long on Greek stocks

July 1, 2015

If you've got a really strong stomach, the time looks ripe to buy the fear and jump into Greek equities, which can be done via Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK). 'Greece will not be another Lehman' Junk bonds continue rolling along with a not-so-junky...

The world braces for a slower Chinese economy

June 24, 2015

Is the world ready for a Chinese economic slowdown? A weakening China will show the world how much it is really hooked on the Chinese economy. Better brace for the impact All eyes are on Justice Kennedy as the Supreme Court closes in on a crucial...

Why this is an exceptional time to be investing in Europe

June 16, 2015

As Europe slowly emerges from the global financial crisis, we believe favorable macroeconomic conditions and a dramatic shift in the fundamentals of how businesses are managed is underway. There is a focus on unlocking shareholder value with...

With Saudi Arabian stock market open, exchange-traded funds aren't far behind

June 15, 2015

With the Saudi Arabian stock market opening to foreign investors for the first time on Monday, it shouldn't be long before financial advisers can start gaining exposure to the largest economy in the Middle East through some exchange-traded funds....

Saudi Arabia lays out the welcome mat for global investors

June 15, 2015

The richest and most powerful Arab nation opens its stock market to the world. Foreigners can own as much as 49% of a single stock Don't look now but silver is starting to look like the new gold. Net trade balance The euro is starting to skid...

How Fed policy is wrecking the bond market

June 12, 2015

Turns out the Fed got it all wrong, and completely messed up the bond market. Welcome to the upside down world of too much liquidity creating illiquidity.Feeding price bubbles China's roaring stock market got back on track Wednesday after a...

It's time for retirees to start bracing for higher interest rates

June 10, 2015

Retirees should be bracing for rising interest rates. The Fed probably doesn't even know when it plans to raise rates, which is probably something else we should all be worried about. The risks of chasing yield If the stock market really is...

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