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Major events set stormy tone for financial markets in September

September 5, 2017

Welcome to the cruelest month for U.S. equities. The S&P 500 Index limps into September after stalling amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and historic flooding in Texas. Those broke a stretch of calm that'll be hard to replicate...

Keeping client assets safe in an increasingly unsafe world

August 30, 2017

You're in a darkened room — a shelter of some kind. Outside, you see mobs with torches; you hear air raid sirens. You turn on the television as an ashen-faced Jim Cramer is shouting "Sell! Sell! Sell!" The screen goes blank. Who hasn't had...

Hurricanes could be one reason September is such a stinker for stocks

August 28, 2017

September remains the worst month for stock performance — and hurricane season could have something to do with that. Equities in the ninth month have fallen an average of 0.7% since 1945, according to CFRA. It's the third most volatile month,...

Pension funds expected to shift as much as $1trillion from stocks to bonds: Wells Fargo

August 28, 2017

Pension funds are poised to shift as much as $1 trillion from stocks to bonds in coming years to lock in gains and limit the potential for big losses, according to Wells Fargo & Co. "Definitely there's a lot of money that will want to move,"...

Tech bubble just talk — for now

August 24, 2017

Ever since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, investors have been wary of another tech wreck. And some analysts, worried about some of this year's tech rockets, are saying tech is looking bubbly again. But — at least for now — tech isn't...

Active ETFs are ripe for transparent, low-cost strategies

August 22, 2017

Over the last decade, active U.S. large cap strategies with lower turnover and greater concentration have delivered solid performance, better down-market capture and higher Sharpe ratios than more diversified, higher turnover active strategies.*...

Investors pour money into bonds, international in July

August 10, 2017

If you're an adviser, you're probably wondering: Who is pouring all that money into bond funds? It's not an easy question to answer, but at least part of the answer can be found in the mirror. Most mutual fund inflows come via the institutional...

Pimco and T. Rowe Price warn investors it's time to reduce risk

August 9, 2017

Two of the biggest money managers have a message for investors: it's time to dial back risk. Investors should pare U.S. stocks and high-yield debt while shifting to lower-risk assets, such as Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, according...

S&P: Managers still faring miserably vs. indexes

August 9, 2017

Stop us if you've heard this before, but active money managers are really bad at beating their benchmark indexes. A new report from S&P Dow Jones Indices shows that most managers in nearly every domestic equity category underperformed their...

9 bear markets and the events that caused them

August 8, 2017

“Bull markets don’t die of old age; they die of fright.” And usually, that fright comes not from elevated prices or mass panic, but from exogenous events: war, oil shortages, unexpected financial collapse. Here’s a look at the nine bear...

Stock market gains spark questions from clients

August 3, 2017

The longer the stock market goes up, the more clients of AllianceBernstein ask when it will go down. That's according to Dianne Lob, senior managing director for equities, who says questions about the timing of the next 5% or 10% decline in...

Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 22,000: Should you care?

August 3, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched past 22,000 Wednesday, and the key question is: Should anyone care? The venerable index rose 52.32 points Wednesday to close at 22,016.24, helped by Apple Inc., which surged 4.37% on a blockbuster earnings...

RIAs less optimistic about economy and stock market

August 1, 2017

​ After reaching new highs at the start of the year, optimism about the economy and the stock market has slipped among registered investment advisers, according to a mid-year survey of RIA sentiment from TD Ameritrade Institutional. Sixty...

Take 5: Vanguard's new CIO Greg Davis talks bonds, stocks and costs

July 24, 2017

Earlier this month, Greg Davis became Vanguard's chief investment officer, overseeing the $3.8 trillion in assets in more than 300 mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Mr. Davis, 46, took the role from Vanguard's new CEO, Timothy Buckley....

T. Rowe Price's Brian Rogers: Are there companies you can buy and hold forever?

July 7, 2017

Brian Rogers, non-executive chairman at T. Rowe Price, says there are just several companies that he stayed invested in throughout his 30-year term at the helm of the equity income fund.

Fidelity: Will Goldilocks market have a happy ending?

July 7, 2017

A Fidelity Investments analyst is warning that a fairy tale stock market may not have a fairy tale ending. What makes the current stock market such a wonderland? "Investors have enjoyed the best of all worlds," said Jurrien Timmer, Fidelity's...

Growth funds soar in first six months of 2017

July 5, 2017

With a 14.1% gain, growth funds clobbered value funds in the first half, with bargain-hunters posting only a 5.6% increase, according to Morningstar Inc. "Well-established growth companies did what you'd expect well-established growth companies...

Second-half outlook: Not as bad as you might think

June 20, 2017

With the Standard & Poor's 500 reaching record highs after an eight-year bull market, the Federal Reserve Bank raising interest rates and high stock valuations, strategists must be worried about the stock market, right? Not so much. Despite...

Investments that advisers should look at in an overheated market

May 24, 2017

Editor's note: This is part of a series looking at how the advice industry is getting ready for the next market correction. Investing in today's stock market is a bit like driving 90 miles an hour on a wet highway with bald tires. You may not...

Are emerging markets the place to be when US stocks drop?

May 24, 2017

Editor's note: This is part of a series looking at how the advice industry is getting ready for the next market correction. If you've ever bought a refurbished fire extinguisher from Frank's Firefighting Warehouse ("Where every sale is a fire...

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