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Variable annuity with guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit rider can help advisers provide retirement income stability to clients

September 26, 2014

Many advisers believe that the traditional 4% withdrawal rate for retirement planning is no longer a given in the wake of the recession, increases in longevity and other current concerns. Retirement planning is not a one-size-fits-all process,...

The secret to picking dividend stocks? A certain ratio

May 1, 2012

Looking to boost retirement income and to do so in a consistent manner? Think dividend-yielding stocks — but beware dividend traps. Shares that pay out dividends have a good probability of beating inflation, which is the biggest threat to...

Is modern portfolio theory bunk?

April 19, 2012

A basic tenet of modern portfolio theory is that investors who are willing to take on greater risk can expect a greater reward. But a new study released this week turns that belief on its head, claiming that less risky stocks, as measured by...

‘Foolish Washington gridlock' could dampen equity markets

March 8, 2012

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lacked the ambition to move meaningfully above 13,000 last week. While a new 52-week high of 13,005 was achieved Tuesday, it seemed that the absence of new positive surprises cooled investors' enthusiasm a bit....

Four years later, Dow back over 13,000

February 29, 2012

U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) to its first close above 13,000 since 2008, as better-than-estimated consumer confidence data and a drop in oil bolstered optimism in the world's largest economy. Apple...

The top 10 investments for the next 10 years: Your call

February 23, 2012

As clients' portfolios have become more diversified and individual investors have exposure to more asset classes, InvestmentNews would like to know which investment categories financial advisers have the strongest long-term convictions about....

Warren Buffett's successor? His son (kind of)

December 9, 2011

In an upcoming segment on CBS' "60 Minutes", Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett noted that he would like his son Howard -- a farmer -- to take over the company after he dies. The revelation, which was released here today by CBS, notes...

The loneliness of the long-distance investor: Those uphill runs are murder

February 18, 2014

On Sunday I completed my first major goal of 2014 when I completed a half-marathon. I have jogged a bit for years, but in a moment of New Year's-induced insanity, I committed to run 13.1 miles in front of friends and family, ensuring I'd never...

INsider: Absolute return absolute nonsense

October 13, 2011

The idea of an absolute return, as opposed to a relative return that strives to beat a benchmark, is a wonderful idea and something that all money managers should be striving for. But in adopting the name “absolute return,” as a growing...

Family offices: The firms that have cracked the crowd

August 25, 2011

Yesterday, we pointed out that there were some 19,400,000 results that come up in a Google search for the term "wealth manager." That, of course, speaks to the aspirations of many firms, rather than the reality of their services. But to get...

How much more will the S&P fall? Key level may have the answer

July 12, 2011

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is falling toward a key level that, if breached, may mean the gauge will tumble further, according to Ryan Detrick of Schaeffer's Investment Research. The measure should have support between 1,311 and 1,313, around...

Behavioral finance is dead?

October 17, 2013

Ancient Grecians believed in geocentricity, the idea that the Earth is the center of the Universe around which all others objects orbit. In classical antiquity, it was widely supposed that the body contained four humors, blood, black bile, yellow...

Stocks mostly fall on new worries about Europe

May 24, 2010

Stocks are mostly falling after another slump in the euro prolonged concerns about Europe's economy. Most European indexes are lower following a bailout over the weekend of a regional bank in Spain. It is only the second time Spain's central...

The stocks Warren Buffett is selling

May 18, 2010

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold stakes in U.S. financial firms and cut stock holdings in some of the country’s biggest companies as the billionaire chairman seeks takeovers and looks abroad for growth. The number of U.S. stocks...

If you blinked, here's what you missed - Information slowdown

May 7, 2010

Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc. and Charles Schwab Corp. sustained slowdowns on Web pages that provide financial information as U.S. stocks tumbled and users swarmed the Internet for market updates. Schwab Ticker:(SCHW) experienced extra traffic at...

Live from Morningstar Best investment ideas heard at the conference

June 13, 2013

> Russ Kinnel, director of mutual fund research at Morningstar Inc.'s, best idea for finding income: “If you want to find opportunities look for a fund, stock or bond yielding a little lower than its peers. We're so focused on higher yielding...

Cashflow Insite has integrated with CashEdge AllData Advisor service

February 25, 2010

I first wrote about Cashflow Insite back in October (scroll down to the ”Tracking Spending” portion of the story). In testing at that time, the site has now fully integrated CashEdge AllData Advisor, a turnkey, web-based, software-as-a-service...

Fidelity: Job cuts hiked our earnings

February 25, 2010

Fidelity Investments said Thursday its operating profit rose 5 percent last year, boosted in part by job cuts, as revenue continued to lag after two years of unusual volatility in financial markets. The nation's largest mutual fund company also...

The Takeaway: Wall Street loses its mind again

June 10, 2013

Portfolio Jeff Saut (Ray Jay) on the odds that this is a secular bull market.  (Market Folly) Is the pharma sector at big risk when the Fed removes QE?  (MoneyBeat) Nick Colas explains the "New York Sell, Boston Buy" trade.  (BusinessInsider)...

State of the Union boosts stock futures

January 28, 2010

Stock futures rose modestly Thursday, a day after President Barack Obama said the government should take new actions to bolster the economy and create jobs. Overseas markets rose on hopes the U.S. economy will continue to strengthen. Politics,...

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