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A tale of two Chinas: one old, one new

June 5, 2016

To the casual observer, headlines about China over the past year suggest doom and gloom. Those who take a deeper look, however, will find a divergent storyline comes to light: China's economy is moving in two different directions. Earnings releases...

How a Brexit will hit U.S. stocks

June 2, 2016

If the U.K. pulls the trigger on its departure from the European Union, the fallout could hit certain U.S. stocks that you might already own, or maybe should own. Stay nimble. A couple dozen stateside companies with substantial sales in Britain...

Keep your eye on the Puerto Rico bond saga

May 8, 2016

Puerto Rico's debt default should be a lesson for investors and their advisers: Even apparently low-risk investments, such as municipal bond mutual funds, must be monitored regularly. And the default shows once again that high returns probably...

Horizon Investments' Greg Valliere bemoans election tone, economic growth

April 19, 2016

As election years go, Greg Valliere, chief global strategist for Horizon Investments, called the current one the “nastiest” and “most unserious” he has ever seen. “I've never seen anything like this in my life,” he said Monday in...

BlackRock, GMO forecast single-digit returns for U.S. stocks

April 19, 2016

Richard Turnill, BlackRock's chief global investment strategist, has some advice for investors: Curb your enthusiasm. And he's not alone. “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just...

Post-DOL fiduciary rule, Wall Street gives the nod to low-cost fund companies

April 12, 2016

As mutual fund companies continue to ponder the effects of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, Wall Street is weighing in as well. The early results aren't favoring broker-sold fund companies. Even though there have only been four full...

Strong March performance pushes stock funds positive for first quarter

April 1, 2016

If your clients are complaining about their bond positions, this would be a good time to remind them about why they own fixed income. Even though stock funds scored big gains in March, they're still trailing bonds for 2016 — and the past 12...

Loomis Sayles goes global as investors continue to shun domestic equity funds

March 31, 2016

Loomis Sayles & Co. is diversifying its product lineup with a global investment strategy fund that might be just what the doctor ordered. The Loomis Sayles Global Growth Fund (LSGGX), which launched Thursday, will leverage the strength and track...

BRIC funds rally, but it's a long way back

March 18, 2016

Investors tempted by Friday's emerging markets rally might want to remember what it feels like to get hit with a BRIC. The BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — were singled out by Goldman Sachs in 2001 as the investment theme...

More than 20% of mutual funds shuttered over last five years

March 10, 2016

Nearly a quarter of all stock mutual funds disappeared during the past five years, and competition from index funds could hold the death rate steady in the future. Standard & Poor's, in its semi-annual report on the performance of funds vs....

Dislocations give alt funds a chance to shine

February 14, 2016

Stock market volatility that has been giving investors and financial advisers so much angst over the past several weeks is having an entirely different effect on those who subscribe to the virtues of alternative-strategy mutual funds. While...

China widely misunderstood, Rothman says

February 2, 2016

China's a tough sell these days, says Andy Rothman, investment strategist for Matthews Asia. “Trying to convince clients to have money anywhere within 1,000 miles [of China] is difficult,” he told attendees at the Investment Management Consultants...

The world is increasing its focus on China's currency devaluation

January 22, 2016

The weakening of China's currency is starting to take center stage. Keeping the yuan in perspective. Just because oil is cheap doesn't mean you can't make some money off that fall. Morgan Stanley CEO tells you how to make a killing in oil. The...

Investing in India is gaining appeal with advisers

January 17, 2016

When investment pros look at India, they point to a number of positive factors. At $2.2 trillion, the country has the world's seventh-largest economy, which is projected to grow this year by 7.3%. That's better than any other large and developing...

What early stock market volatility means for the year ahead

January 8, 2016

There's no particular reason the start of a new calendar year should represent the start of a new mood in the financial markets — but that's sort of what's happening. On two of the first four trading days of 2016, U.S. equity markets suffered...

Making sense of China's huge stock market selloff

January 6, 2016

Chinese investors have been agitated by domestic authorities' proposal to implement the so-called “circuit breaker,” a mechanism designed to halt trading if stock prices gyrate too wildly in both directions. Investors collectively responded...

Economic forecasters predict market volatility in 2016

December 29, 2015

What do all the really smart economic forecasters see for 2016? Volatility, baby. Take advantage of stock price swings. The Fed's tiny little rate hike isn't likely to be enough to derail corporate America's borrowing binge. Next year is expected...

What we'll remember about the markets in 2015

December 29, 2015

Reflecting on 2015, I'm inclined to dub it the year of “It's about time.” After years of taunting and teasing, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger in December with the most hyped 25-basis-point interest-rate hike in history, leading...

Top 10 financial terms of 2015 - Top 10 financial terms of 2015

December 7, 2015

Are you up on the latest financial lingo? Here are the top new financial terms of 2015. Source: Investopedia

Don't let fear cloud focus on China

December 4, 2015

For investors allocating assets internationally, it's important to stay focused on secular growth trends in China and avoid getting caught up in fears that could lead to missing out on potential long-term gains. Indeed, Chinese stocks could...

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