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Focus Financial raises goal for IPO to $600 million

July 17, 2018

Focus Financial Partners' announcement Monday that it plans on raising six times as much money — $600 million instead of its original $100 million — in an initial public stock offering is another endorsement of the registered investment...

Recency bias: A big risk to your clients this summer

July 10, 2018

It is perhaps the most oft written sentence in investing: Past performance is never an indication of future results. Lots of people tie this to disclosures on materials and relate it to an individual manager's results. But it is bigger than...

Best-performing sectors this earnings season most at risk from trade war

July 9, 2018

The trade war is officially here. So is earnings season. Corporate America isn't about to let one ruin the other. As executives prepare to release results for the second time this year, it's the very companies with the most on the line in President...

Barclays joins Morgan Stanley in questioning small-cap rally

July 9, 2018

Two Wall Street strategists are casting doubt on one of this year's most-popular trades: buy small-cap stocks. Don't be fooled by the consensus that smaller companies are better positioned to weather a global trade war, Barclays' Maneesh Deshpande...

Trade war could harm Americans' retirement savings

July 3, 2018

Donald Trump's brewing trade war could have another collateral victim: Americans' retirement savings. The second quarter officially ended on Friday. By next week, large U.S. companies will start reporting how they did during the period. Most...

Strategists see a blowout second half

July 2, 2018

A global trade war is looming and emerging markets are plunging. Time to pile into U.S. stocks. That's the message from Wall Street prognosticators, who have stuck with full-year forecasts during a first half that's been anything but smooth....

Volatile trading in first half upends expectations

June 29, 2018

The half that began with "melt-up" euphoria ended with melt-down fear. Investors breezed into 2018 expecting to pick up easy returns from steadily rising asset prices. Instead, they're nursing losses on bets that had delivered the biggest gains...

Small caps are losing their immunity to trade jitters

June 27, 2018

A shelter from the storm is starting to sprout leaks. Bearish sentiment is growing on the Russell 2000 Index of small-cap stocks, a group that had seemed relatively immune to the trade-tariff saber-rattling that's recently cast a pall over the...

Momentum stocks set for more pain as quarter ends

June 26, 2018

The calendar and the computers are working against formerly high-flying momentum stocks. The iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor exchange-traded fund (MTUM) has given back 3.9% over the past three sessions. And Christopher Harvey, Wells Fargo's...

Stocks sell off on escalating trade jitters

June 25, 2018

Escalating trade tensions sent U.S. stocks to their steepest drop since early April on Monday, as President Donald J. Trump's threats of more protectionism against major partners were met with Chinese and European vows of retaliation. The S&P...

Advisers still think ESG strategies underperform

June 25, 2018

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, performance worries still keep advisers from implementing investment strategies that take into account environmental, social and governance concerns. A study released Monday by Cerulli Associates found...

Best- and worst-performing sector funds and ETFs this year

June 22, 2018

A rising tide may lift all ships, but a bull market doesn't lift all stock sectors. Here are the top and bottom funds and ETFs in the five best- and worst-performing sectors this year, listed from worst to first. Data are as of June 21 and are...

Walgreens replacing GE on the Dow

June 20, 2018

General Electric Co. suffered a crowning ignominy Tuesday as overseers of the Dow Jones Industrial Average kicked the beleaguered company out of the stock gauge it has inhabited for more than a century. Once the world's most valuable company,...

Watch out for stock ETFs with the largest inflows

June 7, 2018

You've probably warned clients against buying the hottest exchange-traded funds. You should also warn them against buying stock ETFs with the largest inflows, according to a study by the Leuthold Group. The stock ETFs that had the highest inflows...

Small-cap ETFs see surge in inflows

June 5, 2018

ETF investors haven't been this "America first" since Donald Trump won the presidential election — at least if flows to small-capitalization companies are any guide. Last month, roughly $7.5 billion poured into exchange-traded funds focused...

Keeping Eyes Peeled for a Bearish Turn 

June 5, 2018

Markets and economies move through multi-year periods of expansion and contraction. However, at 54%, secular bull markets have occurred only about half the time historically.1 Furthermore, the U.S. equity market has spent 70% of its time either...

Neil Hennessy: Active managers can grow their assets with acquisitions

June 5, 2018

Neil Hennessy is founder and chief investment officer of Hennessey Advisors Inc., a $6.6 billion publicly traded investment management company that offers 14 mutual funds to the public. Mr. Hennessy, who started his career as a PaineWebber broker...

Some small-caps win in the long term — but which ones?

May 30, 2018

Many things work better in theory than in practice. For example, it's theoretically good to run five miles a day, provided you don't blow out your hamstring or get eaten by a bear. And in theory it's good to invest in small-company stocks for...

Stock buybacks hit record, but is that a good thing?

May 21, 2018

Flush with cash, companies are buying back stock and increasing dividends at a record pace, according to Standard & Poor's. Companies in the S&P 500 stock index bought back $178 billion of their own shares in the first quarter. That's an all-time...

Value funds could wake from long slumber

May 16, 2018

The death of value investing has been greatly exaggerated, fund managers say, and an eye for cheap stocks will be vindicated once again. The drought for value investors has been epic: Large-company growth funds have gained an average 9.23% a...

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