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Stocks versus bonds: Which best help meet retirement goals?

December 22, 2016

At a conference hosted by Boston University in 2006, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul A. Samuelson asked the audience whether personal finance was an exact science. He answered his own question with remarkable wit and wisdom: “Of course,...

Piling up returns like Warren Buffett and George Soros might be easier than you think

December 7, 2016

What do George Soros, Warren Buffett and a computer have in common? Turns out, a lot. At least that's the view of AQR Capital Management, the program-driven investment firm whose founders made their names finding the math behind investment success....

Small-cap value funds crush their large-cap brethren

December 1, 2016

Small-cap value funds have soared 21.37% this year, vs. 2.66% for large-company growth funds, one of the largest disparities between U.S. diversified stock funds in recent memory. The biggest single factor: The election of Donald J. Trump to...

Alternative strategies fight index investors while longing for a 'black swan' event

November 17, 2016

Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, when virtually every asset class morphed toward a suddenly singular correlation of declines, the case for diversifying into alternative investments has sounded logical. But, also ever since the financial...

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...

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-,...

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...

Election over, advisers plan their next moves with clients

November 9, 2016

The nation's financial advisers woke to an unexpected president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday and a full to-do list: Console. Buy. Sell. Many planners have spent the last several months trying to convince clients that their portfolios were...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Why performance-chasing investors will love the new 5-year rolling averages

October 27, 2016

Investors are constantly reminded to not base future investments on past returns, but the fact that most still do could provide a boost for the markets, according to Jeffrey Kleintop, chief global investment strategist at Charles Schwab & Co....

IRA investors may disappear from IPOs

October 27, 2016

Investors are speculating whether Snapchat will make an initial public offering of its stock next year, but investors with individual retirement accounts should be concerned that the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule will not allow them...

Investopedia Anxiety Index a step ahead of the VIX?

October 24, 2016

In what could represent a new twist on investment crowdsourcing, the financial encyclopedia website Investopedia has started measuring online searches as a way to forecast activity in the financial markets. Based on some relatively condensed...

Despite the temptation, an all-stock portfolio is crazy

October 24, 2016

In case you needed another reason to diversify beyond just the roaring ride of an all-stock portfolio. Rarely is an investor able to stomach the full ride. Believe it or not, investors are increasing their bets on higher interest rates. Sensing...

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