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The danger of more uncertainty in the muni market

January 22, 2013

If there is one certainty that I believe municipal bond investors can lean upon as we fully commit to writing 2013 in our check registers, it is the seemingly perpetual uncertainty regarding the political deliberations about to resume in Washington,...

Investors clamoring for dividend income

January 20, 2013

After a brief year-end disruption related to the fiscal cliff negotiations, the hunt for dividend income is back on with a vengeance. “Right now, the money is flowing into our rising-dividend fund at a record rate of more than $1 million a...

Goldman, JPMorgan advise ducking out of emerging markets

January 7, 2014

Goldman, JPMorgan get bearish on emerging markets. Forecasting 10 years of 'significant underperformance' Credit Suisse is scrambling to offload risky investment bank assets. Squeezed by new regulations The beginning of the end of quantitative...

Sell emerging markets, Goldman and JPMorgan say

January 7, 2014

Wall Street's biggest banks say the slump in emerging-market assets that left equities trailing advanced-nation shares by the most since 1998 last year will prove more than a fleeting selloff. The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recommends that investors...

Advisers not sure which way to turn with gold

January 3, 2014

No wonder gold bugs are bugging out. After a 12-year rally came to a stark end last year with a 28% drop, gold is poised to recover nicely, given high levels of investor bearishness and a bullish supply-demand balance. That said, if stocks continue...

How crazy is the market?

January 3, 2014

It's a question we've all asked in light of the eye-popping gains realized in 2013. And while there is no shortage of economic indicators (the Fed releases over 4,000 each month), it can be hard to synthesize these into a meaningful and concise...

Vanguard still pro-60/40

January 13, 2013

Don't start composing a eulogy for the classic balanced portfolio, The Vanguard Group Inc. warns. Despite the rise of alternative asset classes, the traditional mix of 60% stocks and 40% bonds is still the best asset allocation for the majority...

Showdown on debt limit sparks debate on trillion-dollar coin

January 13, 2013

The looming showdown between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over raising the $16.4 trillion federal debt limit has made alternatives such as minting a trillion-dollar coin or invoking a constitutional amendment to pay the...

Stocks ring out 2013 with record-setting rally

January 1, 2014

U.S. equity gauges rose to records Tuesday, the last trading day of 2013, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index posting its biggest annual advance since 1997, as gains in consumer confidence and housing prices bolstered confidence in the world's...

How one manager invests like Buffett

December 28, 2013

“Put all of your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket,” Warren Buffett says. In other words, if you want to beat the market, focus your efforts on a concentrated portfolio of stocks whose businesses have been analyzed as thoroughly...

Investors go berserk over Bitcoin trading platform

December 27, 2013

Plans for a Bitcoin trading platform sent WPCS International's shares up 20% last night. Beta version released Contrarian investment strategies for 2014. Emerging markets, TIPS, commodities Morningstar's stock market outlook points to a thinner...

How to play fixed income with rising rates on the way

December 26, 2013

The bond market might have been prepared for the Federal Reserve's tapering announcement last week, but that doesn't mean financial advisers and bond investors shouldn't still be mindful of how the well-telegraphed move will affect fixed-income...

S&P 500 will hit record high in 2013: Birinyi

December 31, 2012

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index will probably surpass its record high in 2013 as bears capitulate and the lure of a four-year bull market pulls “everyone in the pool,” according to Laszlo Birinyi. Expansion in U.S. housing, recovering markets...

Confident investors push stocks to record levels

December 21, 2013

U.S. Stocks Rise to Records as GDP Growth Tops Estimates The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has capped its biggest weekly gain since October, as data showing faster-than-estimated growth boosted confidence in the world's largest economy. The S&P...

Hefty tax bills could lurk in failed life insurance policies

December 19, 2013

The failure of a life insurance policy is bad enough. But the situation instantly goes from bad to worse if there are loans against the policy — a hefty tax bill could be waiting in the wings. In-force life insurance policies of all varieties...

Hi-yo silver, away, as bets on the metal soar

December 20, 2012

Silver Bullion Pte, one of Singapore's largest suppliers of coins and bars to retail investors, says sales tripled since October, part of a global surge in demand that drove holdings to a record. “Our clients are worried that a major currency...

Commodity investments set for record outflows

December 17, 2013

Commodity investments are heading for record outflows driven by withdrawals from gold exchange-traded funds as some investors lose faith in the traditional store of value, according to Barclays PLC. Assets under management have declined $88...

Pimco's El-Erian says 40% to 60% chance of Fed taper this week

December 17, 2013

There's a 40% to 60% chance that the Federal Reserve will announce a reduction in its asset purchase program tomorrow, according to Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co. When the Fed does taper, U.S....

Securities America acquires firm

December 16, 2012

After wading through a host of legal problems and its sale, Securities America Inc. is back on the offense. Last Tuesday, it announced that a heretofore independent broker-dealer with 130 affiliated reps and advisers is joining the firm as a...

Fidelity slashes fund fees, minimums

December 16, 2012

The fee war among exchange-traded funds has spread to index mutual funds. Fidelity Investments announced that it is lowering fees on eight of its Spartan index funds, as well as the investment minimums for all 14 of its index funds. The fee...

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