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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...

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...

Warren Buffett be damned, case for value investing wanes

May 10, 2018

History is filled with great rivalries. When the Montagues and Capulets are around, firkins will be flung. If the Hatfields and McCoys run into each other, fussing and fighting commences. And if you put a value investor and a growth investor...

Thinking outside the style box

March 22, 2018

The popular "style box" developed by Morningstar Inc. goes back to 1992. Entire generations of mutual fund managers, financial advisers and investors have never been without the concept. An intuitive framework for equity investing, the style...

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...

Inflation is a bigger threat to stocks than rates

February 22, 2018

Investors tend to attach narratives after events like the recent bout of market volatility as a way to provide comfort in the face of market uncertainty and losses. Although there could be any number of causes for the downturn, recent data on...

Tech rout sinks stocks

April 2, 2018

The deepening rout in once high-flying technology shares sent U.S. stocks tumbling to start the second quarter, as renewed presidential criticism of Amazon.com and retaliatory tariffs from China rattled markets. Treasuries and gold rose on safe-haven...

Stocks about to get a $400 billion dividend boost

March 30, 2018

Here's a fresh reason to celebrate the end of a lousy quarter in global equities: The new quarter kicks off with the potential adrenaline boost of as much as $400 billion in dividends. "We think it is no coincidence that spring is also a seasonally...

Advisers tell clients market volatility is the new normal

April 2, 2018

Financial advisers had their hands full on the first trading day of the second quarter as the S&P 500 index dropped 2.2% Monday. The message financial advisers presented to clients was that volatility is back, but that doesn't mean it's time...

Research Affiliates'Arnott sounds a warning on market bubbles

May 4, 2018

Rob Arnott, CEO of Research Affiliates, is using the B word. In this case, B stands for "bubble." "Several bubbles are evident today, most importantly a tech bubble, eerily similar to — albeit narrower than — the 'new economy' dogma of the...

Managers allocate less to global equities, more to bonds

March 20, 2018

Money managers' global equity allocations continued to decline in March, while their global bond allocations rose from a record low, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch's monthly fund manager survey released Tuesday. Managers' global equity allocations...

Earnings season only pouring 'fuel on fire' for stocks

April 11, 2018

Don't pin your hopes for stock markets in the U.S. and Europe on first-quarter profit updates. That's the message from London & Capital's Roger Jones, who argues that now is not the time to load up on risk assets. As investors prepare to shift...

Riskiest funds fare best over time — but can you keep clients in them?

April 11, 2018

If you could go back in time 30 years, you'd probably have some words of advice for your younger self. For example, no one is really impressed by your ability to throw a Frisbee. At some point, you run out of things to do with a crate of bananas....

Investors stood pat during February correction

March 19, 2018

Those flighty individual investors didn't flee the stock market during February's correction — which means the panicking was left to Wall Street's pros. Just 6% of individual investors were net sellers during the February correction, according...

JPMorgan exec warns of possible 40% equity correction

March 8, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive Daniel Pinto warned equity markets could fall as much as 40% in the next two to three years. His comments come as investors worry over the effect of central banks raising interest rates and rising inflation. "It...

Trump true believers are going wild over stocks

March 6, 2018

As 2017's roaring bull market gives way to a markedly choppier 2018, the buzz among Wall Street stock touts is that the best of the Trump Trade has passed. Sure, more gains could be wrung out, and probably will be, but nothing like the 30% burst...

Markets plunge: Advisers urge clients to keep calm

February 5, 2018

Stocks corrected sharply Monday, as advisers reiterated their calls for clients to stay focused on their long-term goals. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled nearly 1,600 points before closing at 24,345.75, down 1,175.23 points, or 4.60%....

Jim Rogers expects next bear market to be the worst he's seen

February 9, 2018

Jim Rogers, 75, says the next bear market in stocks will be more catastrophic than any other market downturn that he's lived through. The veteran investor says that's because even more debt has accumulated in the global economy since the financial...

Market's convulsions could signal beginning of end for bull market

February 7, 2018

Call it a correction overdue, but to Doug Ramsey, the convulsions that have shaken equity markets for the past week have the hallmarks of something bigger, perhaps an end to the era of tranquility that has reigned on Wall Street for half a decade....

Stock market set for more pain

February 6, 2018

The global equity rout extended on Tuesday as a gauge of world stocks headed for the biggest three-day slide since 2015. U.S. shares were poised for more losses, with a measure of volatility spiking to the highest in nine years. Treasuries fell...

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