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Are junk bonds becoming the new equities?

September 1, 2016

It's a well-known reality that high-yield bonds are generally more correlated to equities than they are to higher-quality bonds, but is it possible to actually substitute junk bonds for stocks? That argument is being made on a selective basis...

Advisers are bracing for a September market storm

August 31, 2016

As financial advisers prepare to relax over the Labor Day weekend break, many are also bracing for an increased focus on the kinds of market volatility that typically comes with September. With perspectives ranging from, it happens every year...

The risky but necessary bet on dividends for income

August 25, 2016

Dividend-yielding stocks have been praised as a replacement for bond income ever since the Fed started standing with both feet on interest rates, but that doesn't make the strategy an automatic home run for every client. When it comes to portfolio...

Value strategies defy logic in push past growth stocks

August 24, 2016

Ten years into a bull market for growth stocks, the cycle finally appears to be turning in favor of value investing, but not for all the usual reasons. Among domestic equity mutual fund categories, small- and mid-cap value strategies stand out...

Fed officials feel the heat heading into Jackson Hole meeting

August 23, 2016

All eyes are on the Federal Reserve's meeting this Friday in Jackson Hole. There is hope the Fed will step up and fix this mess they are calling the new normal. The pressure is mounting. Follow Michael Kitces’ advice on navigating inherited...

Smart beta finds fixed income

August 18, 2016

Fixed income shapes up as the next frontier for smart-beta strategies. A small but strong showing. The haters are gonna hate this, but things might be shaping up for the start of a bear market for bonds. The momentum is just getting started....

All three stock indexes hit record highs in 1999 redux, minus the investor euphoria

August 12, 2016

Seeing three major U.S. stock markets indexes all hit record highs for the first time since 1999 has given pundits and market watchers plenty to analyze, but fear is not yet part of the equation. “Valuations are getting high, but they can...

What's behind the gold price rally, and will it hold?

August 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless theories to explain the stunning gold-price rally this year, and most of them support more of the same for the precious metal. Global gold demand reached 2,336 tons through the first six months of the year, led by...

Bond bears are starting to look smart

August 10, 2016

After years of being so wrong, it looks like bond bears might finally be right. It's vindication time. Sizing up the Trump and Clinton tax plans. How do you like your taxes? High or higher? Take a gander at what $12.29 trillion worth of household...

Money-market funds scramble ahead of SEC's floating NAV rule

August 10, 2016

With less than two months remaining before new investor safeguards kick in, the $2.7 trillion money-market fund industry is becoming a radically altered landscape. In an effort to prepare for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Oct. 14...

Nassim Taleb trots out another 'black swan' forecast

August 9, 2016

Nassim Taleb calls for a market crash and much pain ahead. The creator of “black swan” theory says we can thank quantitative easing for the mess heading our way. The “uber-rich have benefitted, and nothing has been cured.” Barclays throws...

Finding safe yields above 5%

August 8, 2016

There are still places to find safe yield above 5%. Truth is stranger than fiction. Take it from these fixed-income and dividend-stock pros. The crushing effects of low oil prices. Oil below $40 is hurting businesses from hotels to retailers....

Reading between the lines of Friday's jobs report

August 5, 2016

Depending on how much stock can be placed in any jobs report that fails to include all those people who have given up looking for work in this lackluster economic recovery, Friday's employment data might make you happy. July payrolls expected...

The Fed might have to give money directly to consumers

August 4, 2016

After realizing that cutting interest rates to zero and then experimenting with multi-trillion-dollar quantitative easing programs don't work, the Fed might next try just putting money in consumers' hands. It's worth a shot, according to the...

Bond-fund correlations increase interest-rate risk

August 4, 2016

If the direction of asset flows out of stock funds and into bond funds this year is any kind of guide, investors are seeking shelter and yield in fixed income. But they could be getting neither. Through the end of June, U.S. equity mutual funds...

Hillary Clinton's economic proposals trump Donald Trump's: Moody's

August 2, 2016

In a comparison of the economic policies proposed so far by presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Moody's Analytics has given the nod to the former Secretary of State. “Evident from her proposals is the belief that the...

Deutsche Bank says fiscal stimulus can't save us

July 29, 2016

Deutsche Bank says fiscal stimulus is not helping and will not save us. Look no further than Japan and Europe for real-life examples of failed policies. In need of a new direction for fiscal policy. Gold investors hunker down on the reality...

The Fed sits on its hands

July 28, 2016

The Fed kicks the can further down the road, but keeps the crowd interested by teasing about a September rate hike. Pro tip: Don't hold your breath. The market remains skeptical of the Fed. Okay, so maybe buying low isn't all the important....

Bond investors should be sweating a looming Treasury glut

July 26, 2016

Brace yourself for the next big Treasury sale as deficits swell. Net issuance seen rising. Time to take a closer look at the real costs of socially responsible investing. Some controversial issues can be financially more attractive than others....

Don't lump all younger high-net-worth clients together

July 19, 2016

It's not wise for advisers to lump all high-net-worth individuals under age 50 into one group, according to a new survey. Advisers should recognize and capitalize on the different needs and priorities of Gen X versus millennials. A report released...

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