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Rushed tax reform would cause more harm than a delay

October 21, 2017

Time is running out for Congress to propose and pass a well-thought-out tax​ reform bill that includes a tax cut, and that's not a bad thing. The House of Representatives is scheduled to adjourn for the year on Dec. 15 and the Senate on Dec....

Searing lessons from the crash of 1987

October 10, 2017

You may know intellectually that playing video games in the swimming pool is a bad idea, but if you actually experience it, you'll learn a lesson you won't quickly forget. Nearly thirty years ago, on Oct. 19, 1987, investors and advisers learned...

Fed to start shrinking portfolio in October

September 20, 2017

Federal Reserve officials set an October start for shrinking their $4.5 trillion stockpile of assets, moving to unwind a pillar of their crisis-era support for the economy. They continued to forecast one more interest-rate hike later this year,...

Fed's two-day meeting to conclude with decision on interest-rate hike

September 20, 2017

Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates again this year? That's the big question investors are hoping policy makers clarify when they conclude a two-day meeting Wednesday. Fed officials are widely expected to leave rates unchanged as they...

With yields low and interest rates headed up, what kind of bonds do advisers buy? ​

September 19, 2017

The ancient Etruscans believed you could tell the future by examining sheep livers, a practice called haruspicy. This was known as the wisdom of the ancients. Nevertheless, haruspicy probably had a better record of predicting interest rates...

Why inflation and interest rates could remain low for a very long time

September 19, 2017

Stephen Smith, co-lead portfolio manager of global fixed income at Brandywine Global, and John Bellows, portfolio manager and research analyst at Western Asset Management, discuss what the outlook for monetary policy means for investors.

Major events set stormy tone for financial markets in September

September 5, 2017

Welcome to the cruelest month for U.S. equities. The S&P 500 Index limps into September after stalling amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and historic flooding in Texas. Those broke a stretch of calm that'll be hard to replicate...

Wells Fargo increases fake-account estimate 67% to 3.5 million

August 31, 2017

Wells Fargo & Co. said employees created two-thirds more bogus accounts than initially thought, a sign the bank is still struggling to move past a scandal that sparked record fines and congressional investigations. An outside review found an...

America's jobs engine keeps defying forecasts for 2017 slowdown

August 31, 2017

In an economy growing at a moderate pace at best, the U.S. job market keeps on shining. Payroll gains topped forecasts in five of the past seven months, putting the 2017 average increase of 184,000 almost on par with last year's 187,000 and...

BlackRock finds steep risk in U.S. investment portfolios

August 29, 2017

Insurers got burned badly in the 2008 financial crisis. So almost a decade later, BlackRock Inc. scoured the industry's $5 trillion in U.S. investments to figure out how they would fare if markets crash so hard again. The answer: Worse. The...

Hurricanes could be one reason September is such a stinker for stocks

August 28, 2017

September remains the worst month for stock performance — and hurricane season could have something to do with that. Equities in the ninth month have fallen an average of 0.7% since 1945, according to CFRA. It's the third most volatile month,...

Economists predict long-term effects of Harvey will remain local

August 28, 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey will come with major economic consequences for an area critical to U.S. energy production that will be painful, costly and lasting, but the damage is unlikely to reverberate across the country, economists said. Harvey has...

Big U.S. banks could see profits jump 20% with deregulation

August 24, 2017

The deregulation winds blowing through Washington could add $27 billion of gross profit at the six largest U.S. banks, lifting their annual pretax income by about 20 percent. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley would benefit most from changes...

High-grade U.S. bonds run at fastest pace ever past $1 trillion

August 22, 2017

Blue-chip companies have sold more than $1 trillion of bonds in 2017, passing that milestone for the sixth straight year, as Federal Reserve rate hikes spur companies to borrow while it's still cheap. Sales from Amazon.com Inc. and Philip Morris...

Big gains attract new money to emerging markets, but should investors stay?

August 19, 2017

Emerging markets​ have offered all the thrill of a 10-foot slide into a cobra pit for much of the past decade. But right now, emerging-market stocks are in a sweet spot: They have low prices, lots of momentum and a flood of new cash pouring...

In poll, economists say they expect Congress to pass tax cuts by Nov. 2018

August 14, 2017

The pros who make their living forecasting the economy overwhelmingly expect President Donald J. Trump and his fellow Republicans to push through tax cuts in time for next year's congressional elections. They just don't think that the reductions...

Dividend investing in the Trump era: Dispelling three misconceptions

August 11, 2017

It's easy to feel good these days as stocks keep hitting new highs. But seasoned advisers know there's plenty of uncertainty out there ? a tumultuous political environment, the Federal Reserve revving up its tightening cycle, federal spending...

Is inflation a real and present danger?

August 9, 2017

Inflation has been deader than a dinosaur's doorknob ever since the end of the financial crisis. But a growing number of fund groups and research firms have started to make the case for higher inflation in the next few years. Only time will...

DoubleLine's Gundlach signals caution, sets cap on firm's growth

August 8, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach sees too much of a good thing — in financial markets and in his industry — and he wants no part of it. The co-founder and chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital LP says risky assets such as junk bonds and emerging-market...

Greenspan warns of bubble in bond prices

August 1, 2017

Equity bears hunting for excess in the stock market might be better off worrying about bond prices, Alan Greenspan says. That's where the actual bubble is, and when it pops, it'll be bad for everyone. "By any measure, real long-term interest...

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