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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....

ETFs tied to volatility index suffer

February 6, 2018

The fallout from the implosion of a vast array of arcane bets against stock-market volatility mounted quickly Tuesday as Credit Suisse Group moved to liquidate one investment product and more than a dozen others were halted after their values...

Credit Suisse to redeem volatility note

February 6, 2018

Credit Suisse Group is buying back one of its exchange-traded notes after volatility soared, triggering losses for the holders who had bet on muted market swings. The notes mirror the inverse performance of the Cboe volatility index, which on...

Stock market reaction: Investment managers interpret Dow plunge

February 6, 2018

Money managers and financial advisers are sounding off on Monday's 1,175-point drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Most are urging investors to take a long-term view, many mention that such a move was "overdue" and none are expressing...

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...

Bitcoin bubble burst raises concerns from lawmakers, regulators about investors

February 6, 2018

Lawmakers and financial regulators expressed worry Tuesday that no matter how volatile the stock market becomes, an investment in virtual currencies could be riskier. Members of the Senate Banking Committee cited the swift rise and sharp fall...

Preaching calm, veteran advisers prepped clients for market drop

February 6, 2018

Veteran financial advisers have been talking to clients for months about when — not if — a correction in the stock market would hit. Their message after Monday's historic 1,175 point drop in the Dow: Stay calm. "First, don't panic; second,...

How the biggest U.S. stock funds, ETFs fared in the market drop

February 6, 2018

The markets teetered Friday after the monthly U.S. jobs report showed that wages surged in January, raising concerns about higher inflation. The sell-off continued Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 1,175 points. Investment...

Stock market sell-off: Takeaways to share with clients

February 6, 2018

Those hoping that the stock market's recent tantrums will solve the active vs. passive debate will have to wait a bit longer. But advisers who touted the advantages of diversification will have lots to crow about to clients after this sell-off....

10 worst days ever for Dow Jones

February 5, 2018

The 1,175-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday was the largest ever in absolute terms, but the decline did not even crack the Top 20 in terms of percentages losses. For some real hair-raisers — even if the declines were...

Seller of alternative investments in fight over car dealerships

February 5, 2018

One of the current leading sellers of illiquid, high-commission alternative investments through independent broker-dealers, GPB Capital Holdings, is in the middle of an ugly dispute with a former business partner who allegedly recently reneged...

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%....

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...

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,...

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....

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