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Stock fervor abounds as equities continue to rally

January 10, 2018

The sound of euphoria just got a bit louder. The new year isn't even two weeks old, and already $2.1 trillion has been added to the market capitalization of global equities. The market is verging on such overbought levels that not even reliably...

Buffett says tax law makes owning stocks more attractive

January 10, 2018

Warren Buffett said the U.S. tax cut will make companies more valuable by giving owners a bigger share of profits. "People who own the businesses, they now own 20% more of the domestic earnings," Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway...

Are your clients ready for higher volatility?

January 12, 2018

If you have watched the market in the past 12 months or so, you may have noted a paucity of panic. A minimum of meltdowns. A deficit of drawdowns. And that brings us to today's topic: Is that worrisome? If so, is there a rational way to reduce...

Gundlach says S&P 500 will post negative return in 2018

January 10, 2018

Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire bond manager, says the S&P 500 Index will end the year with a negative return and is dubious of the long-term value of bitcoin. "All recession indicators are flashing no recession, which means it's priced in,"...

2018 outlook in equity investing is mostly bright

January 6, 2018

Most investment strategists think 2018 will go down in history as "not quite as good as 2017." And that doesn't mean it will be a bad year. But in 2017, stocks ran to 20% gains, corporate earnings jumped to record highs, and volatility was as...

How much can buybacks rise on the tax cuts?

January 3, 2018

Donald J. Trump's Christmas present to U.S. equity investors will be a big one, if history is any guide. Share repurchases may jump by more than 70% on an annualized basis to $875 billion amid a tax overhaul that encourages the repatriation...

RIAs struggle to keep clients grounded amid stock market euphoria

December 14, 2017

The stock market run, which has been charging largely unabated for nearly nine years and entered a second stage of out-performance after last year's presidential election, is creating new headaches for some financial advisers. Whether it is...

GE shows what can go wrong with dividend strategy

November 14, 2017

General Electric's decision to slash its dividend in half is a sharp reminder to investors that dividends aren't forever — and that the income from funds and ETFs can come at a high price. In the long run, dividends produce a third to a half...

What you need to know about energy MLPs

October 2, 2017

At several different periods in time, people would have told you, convincingly, that there was such a thing as the Fountain of Youth, the Northwest Passage and a cure for male pattern baldness. They probably would have also told you that you...

Hedging stock risk can hedge your business, too

October 16, 2017

Advisers who don't hedge against a bear market should remember that they could be more at risk from the stock market than their clients, according to a white paper by Meb Faber, chief investment officer of Cambria Investment Management. As much...

Advisers predict volatility will rise

November 21, 2017

Advisers expect an uptick in stock-market volatility over the next six months, but they don't seem to be particularly anxious, according to a recent survey of adviser sentiment by Eaton Vance. The firm's top-of-mind index of 1,000 advisers found...

Investors see stock market correction ahead — but most aren't doing anything about it

September 28, 2017

Investors expect the stock market to plunge. Their response: Whatever. A little more than half of U.S. investors anticipate a decline this year that will wipe out "significant gains," according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup poll results....

Think you're an expert on market sentiment? So does everyone else

April 27, 2017

As the stock market soars to new highs, you'll probably have clients point to clues that mean the stock market is seriously overvalued: aged relatives investing in Tesla, for example, or billionaires moving to Thailand. Rather than throwing...

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,...

Jeffrey Gundlach called it on risky link between stocks and junk bonds

November 10, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach has been warning something's got to give. Based on the past two days, looks like we have our answer. Stocks fell around the world a second day and high-yield bonds headed for a fourth straight loss, resuming a historic correlation...

Thomas Russo: What it really takes to be a successful investor

September 19, 2017

Being a successful investor requires the ability to say no and the capacity to suffer, according to Thomas Russo, managing member of Gardner Russo & Gardner.

Dow at 20,000 — is it time to double down or pull out?

January 25, 2017

Dow 20,000 — it's the talk of Wall Street and maybe even worth a tweet from the president. But what's it mean to professional investors? Mostly a call for caution, it turns out. The Dow Jones Industrial Average's taking out of the latest round-number...

Insiders may not have as much investing savvy as you think

November 22, 2017

If you were to make broad generalizations about CEOs based on their portraits in annual reports, you'd assume they were all wise titans of business who spend most of their time with their arms crossed, peering into the distance. You might also...

Robert Kleinschmidt: How the markets have changed in the age of Trump

September 19, 2017

When Donald J. Trump was elected president, it changed investors' outlook and generated new market momentum, according to Robert Kleinschmidt, president and CEO of Tocqueville Asset Management. But can the market continue to go up?

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...

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