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Energy funds rally sharply

January 12, 2018

As the Standard & Poor's 500 soars higher, there's another bull market bubbling up: Crude oil. Black gold. Texas tea. But before you sell the shack and move to Beverly Hills, keep in mind there's a whole lot of oil still in the ground and offshore,...

Bear market for bonds has arrived, Gross says

January 11, 2018

Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globe Awards pronouncement that "Time is up" for men who oppress women also goes for the bond market that's been buoyed by repressed interest rates, according to Bill Gross. "Bonds, like men, are in a bear market," Mr....

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...

Best-performing international ETFs in 2017

January 10, 2018

International markets woke from a multi-year slumber in 2017, aided by a declining dollar. Among developed markets, Austria (55%), Denmark (32%) and Singapore (31%) all beat U.S. stocks. And among emerging markets, investors were saying “Thank...

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,"...

Don't Pave the Cow Paths… Blaze your own Path

January 9, 2018

“They just keep paving the cow paths!” I first heard this phrase over a decade ago in Boston, where every day I would commute to work through twisting, potholed, impossibly crowded roads. A colleague, a Boston native, explained the legend...

Brokerage stocks still have room to run: analyst

January 8, 2018

The stocks of smaller, mid-cap brokers, most notably LPL Financial Holdings Inc., and electronic trading firms have the greatest potential valuation upside in 2018. Various policy tailwinds and economic drivers appear poised to give a shot to...

Growth of HSAs opens new market for financial advisers

January 8, 2018

The increasing popularity of health savings accounts is creating a new avenue for financial advisers to add value, while also adding assets under management. Health savings accounts hold nearly $45 billion​ nationwide, having grown from less...

Inflation in 2018: How big is the monster under the bed?

January 8, 2018

Every adviser has a closet of anxieties, stuffed to the gills with brutal bear markets, roaring interest rates and blithering bitcoins. But one of the biggest monsters is probably insidious inflation, which gnaws at investment returns and devalues...

At 81, emerging markets pioneer Mark Mobius is retiring

January 8, 2018

Veteran investor Mark Mobius, the bald-headed market guru who became one of the most recognized authorities on money-making opportunities in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, plans to retire from Franklin Templeton Investments...

2018 outlook in bond investing calls for change

January 6, 2018

The bond market is bracing for change in 2018. With a backdrop of a handful of expected interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, this year could represent the start of the first bear market in bonds since the 1980s. If...

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...

By the numbers: Investing and business outlook for 2018

January 6, 2018

Financial advisers are expecting positive results in 2018, on everything from economic 
performance to growth of their own books of business. The following findings are from 
InvestmentNews' 2018 Outlook Survey of 344 advisers in December...

More funding for robo-advisers doesn't quell skeptics

January 5, 2018

Wealthfront closed yet another round of funding Thursday. Along with news reports touting the firm's $75 million capital inflow to help it develop new products for its growing client base, it inspired yet another round of skepticism from the...

Morgan Stanley slashes junk bond allocation

January 4, 2018

It's too late in this market cycle to bet on high-yield bonds, according to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. So, the $2 trillion money management arm is completely slashing junk bond allocation. True, tax cuts are expected to inject fresh momentum...

Dividend hikes in the air

January 4, 2018

Funds that focus on dividends were laggards last year. Will they return to investor favor this year? Quite possibly, given a boost from tax reform and investor worries about an overheated market. First, let's clarify. Most dividend funds didn't...

NextCapital gets $30 million more in funding for its digital advice platforms

January 4, 2018

NextCapital, a technology vendor that builds customized digital advice platforms for large financial institutions, announced Thursday morning the completion of a $30 million round of Series C funding. The company currently offers what it calls...

Wirehouses turn away from bitcoin

January 4, 2018

Wall Street's wirehouses are turning up their noses at bitcoin. None of the four — Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS Wealth Management Americas and Wells Fargo Advisors — are giving their wealth management and retail advisers access to...

Wealthfront secures $75 million in new funding

January 4, 2018

Wealthfront Inc., one of the largest independent digital wealth management startups, just closed a $75 million round of funding to help develop new products for its growing client base. The company has amassed just over $9 billion in assets...

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