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Time to add commodities to client portfolios?

February 5, 2018

The economy is booming, and the stock market is falling, at least as of this moment. It may be time to think about adding commodities to clients' portfolios. If putting commodities in a stock portfolio seems like adding coal to a tire fire,...

US stocks plummet for second day

February 5, 2018

U.S. stocks plunged for a second straight session, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping more than 1,400 at one point and the S&P 500 Index enduring its steepest single-day decline since August 2015, erasing its gains for the year....

U.S. stocks resume their sell-off

February 5, 2018

An overnight rebound in equities evaporated Monday morningand investors were wondering how deep the sell-off in equities will get. U.S. stock indexes resumed their decline after a seven-hour bounce. Concern keeps swirling over encroaching inflation...

Bitcoin bubble shows signs of bursting

February 2, 2018

Bitcoin whipsawed investors, falling below $8,000 for the first time since November before recovering most of today's losses, as a miserable 2018 continued for cryptocurrencies, with investors confronting a mounting list of concerns about the...

Dow tumbles 665 points in biggest plunge since 2016

February 2, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 665 points in the biggest plunge since June 2016, as the worsening bond rout stirred angst that the Federal Reserve will accelerate its rate-hike schedule. Solid jobs data that underscored the strength...

Vanguard fund marks down Uber shares

February 2, 2018

Vanguard marked down the investment its U.S. Growth Fund (VWUSX) had made in Uber Technologies Inc. by 15.8% in the fourth quarter — an indication of the problems funds can encounter when dabbling in so-called unicorn technology stocks. For...

Senate bill gives BDCs hope for increased leverage

February 2, 2018

Bipartisan support for the first Senate legislation to reform business development company rules is giving backers of the alternative investment hope for big changes ahead. In January, Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced...

Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan sees bubbles in stocks and bonds

February 1, 2018

The man who made the term "irrational exuberance" famous says investors are at it again. "There are two bubbles: We have a stock market bubble, and we have a bond market bubble," Alan Greenspan, 91, said Wednesday on Bloomberg Television. Mr....

Pimco views 3% 10-year yield as buying opportunity

February 1, 2018

Pacific Investment Management Co.'s Dan Ivascyn and Mark Kiesel say 3% yields on 10-year Treasuries may be a signal to buy rather than the beginning of a bond bear market that other managers have warned about. "There'll be buyers of bonds if...

Stock market's rally has room to run, Jeremy Siegel says

February 1, 2018

Don't sell yet, because the historic stock market run still has some fuel in the tank, according to Jeremy Siegel, professor of finance at the Wharton School. Speaking Thursday in Orlando, Fla., at TD Ameritrade Institutional's 2018 National...

Treasury market pummeled in its worst January since 2009

February 1, 2018

The U.S. Treasury market is delivering investors a loss of historic proportions to start 2018. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Index was down 1.42% through Jan. 30. It's on track for the worst start to a year since January 2009, when traders...

The good and mostly bad of rising interest rates

January 31, 2018

When a racoon leaps at you from the back seat, causing you to run your new car into a bridge abutment, people will always point out how lucky you are. Hey, the bridge didn't collapse on you! Good thing you had insurance! Thank goodness the raccoon...

Jump in or jump out? Advisers hear both sides in this market

January 30, 2018

Despite the sell-off Monday and Tuesday, the stock market's strength this year (and over the previous 12 months) has been breathtaking. Advisers are being hit with two questions: Should I cash in my chips? Or should I add more to the pot? It's...

Wall Street can't derail the move to lower fees

January 30, 2018

The Vanguard Group is bringing down the cost of investing and there's nothing Wall Street can do about it despite its best efforts. Some financial firms are making it more expensive — and in some cases impossible—for their clients to buy...

Correction in equities would be a buying opportunity, Goldman says

January 29, 2018

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts a correction in global stocks is on the horizon, but says any such pullback would be a buying opportunity. Strategists at the U.S. bank say signals are flashing for a drop of 10% to 20% in equity prices in the...

Risk Management for All Markets

January 29, 2018

Summary An introduction to the importance of market breadth measurements The construction behind the Ned Davis Research CMG US Large Cap Long/Flat Index (NDRCMGLF) Risk management during bull and bear markets and navigating secular trends -...

Morgan Stanley said to be trimming 600 funds from platform

January 29, 2018

Morgan Stanley is whittling down the selection of funds on its platform once again, which could slice as many as 600 products from dozens of fund families from its menu. According to industry newsletter Ignites, Morgan Stanley notified companies...

How a strong or weak dollar affects investment returns

January 26, 2018

Among the many things advisers have to worry about, the direction of the U.S. dollar on foreign currency exchanges typically ranks somewhere between where to go out to dinner next Tuesday and how often to floss your teeth. But the dollar's moves...

How bitcoin and blockchain will change the world

January 25, 2018

Bitcoin climbed in value from less than $1,000 at the beginning of 2017 to $14,000 by the end of the year. A coin of Ethereum was worth $8 on Jan. 1, 2017, and $843 one year later. Who would not be intrigued with the idea of owning something...

BlackRock's CEO warns against sitting in cash

January 25, 2018

The heads of the world's biggest asset manager and largest hedge fund are anti-cash. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock Inc., is urging investors around the world to stop keeping money in cash as stock markets reach new highs. There's too much savings...

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