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Investors' optimism just keeps climbing

January 21, 2014

International investors are the most upbeat about the global economy than at any time in almost five years, buoyed by the U.S.-led revival of industrial nations, according to the Bloomberg Global Poll. On the eve of the World Economic Forum's...

Investors may be blind to risk, index says

January 21, 2014

Investors may want to ask themselves whether all the excitement over the 2013 stock market rally has distracted them from looming risks. The Acertus Market Sentiment Index, a monthly measurement of investor attitudes toward risk, reported a...

Hedge funds raise gold wagers as Chinese demand increases

January 20, 2014

Hedge funds raised bullish gold wagers to the highest point in eight weeks as signs of stronger Chinese demand drove prices to the longest rally since August. The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. says the gains will be short-lived. The net-long position...

Cajoling Gen X to get their feet wet

November 4, 2012

Generation X has a reputation for cautious investing, often to the point of absurdity. Now in their prime earning years — their 30s and 40s — they should be putting money into the stock market through vehicles such as 401(k)s, simplified...

Sandy's stimulative effect could be short-lived

November 4, 2012

In typical Wall Street style, the financial markets are already looking past the devastation created by Hurricane Sandy to any investment opportunities or risks. Although it would be impossible to imagine the markets completely ignoring a natural...

NYSE's contingency planning under fire after Sandy

October 31, 2012

NYSE Euronext is taking some heat for not being able to implement its backup plan in the event of a disaster. So what's in the plan? Under NYSE Rule 49, approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission in December 2009, the New York Stock...

U.S. stock trading canceled as New York girds for storm

October 29, 2012

The U.S. securities industry canceled equity trading on all markets today, moving to protect workers as Hurricane Sandy barreled toward New York City with 70-mile-per-hour winds and the threat of an 11-foot sea surge. The shutdown, announced...

Favorite stock of the rich? Not Berkshire

October 26, 2012

U.S. millionaires would rather match the stock market through an exchange-traded index fund than try to beat it using higher-fee hedge funds or billionaire Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire (BRK/A) Hathaway Inc. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF...

Gold supply declining, BlackRock manager says

January 10, 2014

BlackRock Inc.'s Evy Hambro, manager of its $8 billion World Mining Fund, said gold supply may fall “quite rapidly” as producers curb output at expensive mines. “Very few gold companies are actually making significant profit,” Mr. Hambro...

How the big guns are playing gold mining stocks

January 10, 2014

You could argue only fools would buy gold-mining stocks today. If that's the case, there may be a lot of idiot savants out there. The Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3x Shares (NUGT) exchange-traded fund, which uses leverage to amp up exposure...

As an investor, Yellen plays it safe

January 9, 2014

New Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen soon will have more influence over Wall Street and the economy than anyone else in the world, but as an investor, she’s conservative to the point of making some classic mistakes, according to investment...

New Citi chief must focus on investment advice

October 21, 2012

Now that he is chief executive of Citigroup Inc., Michael Corbat eventually will be tempted to find a way for the bank to re-enter the potentially lucrative — but often volatile and bedeviling — business of high-net-worth retail investment...

Muni bond investing is becoming a minefield

October 21, 2012

Municipal bonds have long been viewed as a staple asset class for conservative, income-seeking investors. Munis are a large, liquid market of credit-rated securities that provide federal-tax-exempt income to millions of American investors. Towns,...

Advisers forced to be nimble as fixed-income risk climbs

January 8, 2014

As the good old days of low-maintenance bond allocations fade from memory, financial advisers are being forced to learn how to be more creative and nimble when navigating the new reality of fixed-income markets. “For the first time in my career,...

Advisers telling wealthy clients to sell before 2013

October 19, 2012

Sell. That's the message from some financial advisers, who are telling wealthy clients that the remainder of 2012 amounts to a last-chance sale on federal tax rates. Taxes are set to rise in January in the U.S., pushing the top rate on dividends...

Sickened by market conditions? You aren't alone

January 6, 2014

Declining stocks worry people sick, if hospital records are any guide. A one-day drop in equities of around 1.5% is followed by about a 0.26% increase in hospital admissions on average over the next two days, according to a March 2013 study...

Texas regulator bans adviser from selling alts, including nontraded REITs

October 6, 2016

The Texas State Securities Board has banned a broker from recommending alternative investments, including nontraded real estate investment trusts, after the broker loaded up a client with too many of those investments. The broker, Mickey Long,...

Tapering clouds bond forecast

January 5, 2014

Ever since the Federal Reserve launched its record-level quantitative-easing program more than five years ago, the financial markets have been fixated, and rightly so, on the eventual exit strategy. Although the Fed's purchase of more than $4...

Feldstein to Summers predict stronger U.S. growth in 2014

January 5, 2014

Economic growth in the U.S. will speed up this year even as the pace of expansion remains disappointing almost five years after the end of the recession, according to academic economists and former policy makers. “2014 is going to be a better...

Stock buybacks a warning signal

January 5, 2014

Companies in the U.S. have been criticized for using corporate money to repurchase shares rather than for growth by investing in research and development. In fact, share repurchases in 2013 topped $750 billion as the year ended, and some of...

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