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Expect slow but steady economic growth worldwide

March 20, 2017

Joe Davis, Ph.D. Global Chief Economist Vanguard's economic team, led by Global Chief Economist Joe Davis, Ph.D., projects what various market and economic events the coming year may bring along with challenges and opportunities for investors....

Investors flee some low-volatility funds — possibly at worst time

March 15, 2017

Low volatility funds saw big inflows last year because they promised to protect investors from big swings in the stock market. Now the tide is turning in the other direction — and possibly at the exact wrong time. Low volatility funds and...

Dodd-Frank reform may be put on back burner

March 2, 2017

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 looked like a goner when President Donald J. Trump was elected in November. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly blasted the law as a loan-killing, anti-job disaster. His...

A caution light for high-yield bonds

March 2, 2017

Your parents probably taught you some basic life lessons. Look both ways before you cross the street. Cover your mouth when you cough. Don't buy high-yield debt securities when the yield spread between them and Treasuries is too low. Just as...

Markets looking for policy details in Trump's speech

February 27, 2017

Donald Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday is taking on the importance of a State of the Union speech when it comes to U.S. financial markets. For investors relying on more than a year of campaign promises of a pro-growth agenda to push U.S....

What Fed rate hikes mean for retirees

February 24, 2017

With the Federal Reserve widely expected to hike interest rates in March for the first of what could be four hikes this year, financial advisers will finally have some good news for their retired clients. As rates slowly move higher, the safest...

Foreign creditors dumping American Treasuries in warning to Trump

February 13, 2017

In the age of Trump, America's biggest foreign creditors are suddenly having second thoughts about financing the U.S. government. In Japan, the largest holder of Treasuries, investors culled their stakes in December by the most in almost four...

How do you deploy cash in this market?

February 7, 2017

Watching someone invest in this stock market can be like watching novice skiers start down Pallbearer's Peak: You just hope they know what they could be in for. For advisers, putting fresh money to work in today's market can be particularly...

Trump to order halt of fiduciary rule, review of Dodd-Frank

February 3, 2017

President Donald J. Trump today will halt a Labor Department regulation that requires advisers on retirement accounts to work in the best interests of their clients. Mr. Trump's order will give the new administration time to review the change,...

Dodd-Frank law may be Trump's next big target

January 30, 2017

President Donald Trump stepped up his criticism of financial regulations, pledging to go after the 2010 Dodd-Frank banking overhaul because he said the law has made it difficult for businesses to get loans. “We're going to be doing a big number...

Smarter sellers, buyers bog down RIA M&A activity

January 30, 2017

The number of merger and acquisitions involving registered investment advisers fell by 25% last year. The latest M&A report from Fidelity Custody & Clearing describes the 104 deals in 2016 as an anomaly, and projects transactions for the current...

The Trump Effect: How the president will impact financial markets

January 29, 2017

When Donald Trump talks — or tweets — the public pays attention. When he takes a certain company or industry to task, investors listen and markets react. Although before the election Mr. Trump said he thought the stock market was in a “big,...

Three Fed rate hikes this year? Here's how to prepare

January 25, 2017

Finding investment income won't be any easier in 2017 than it was in 2016, according to panelists at the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla. Most panelists — and economists — expect the Federal Reserve to nudge rates higher three times...

Will baby boomers be savior of bond market?

January 9, 2017

Investors mourning the end of a 30-year bull market in U.S. Treasuries can take solace from demographics: Thanks to the aging population there's a limit to how high yields can go. Over the next decade, as more of those born in the baby-boom...

As expected, Fed raises interest rates 0.25%

December 14, 2016

Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates for the first time this year and forecast a steeper path for borrowing costs in 2017, saying inflation expectations have increased “considerably” and suggesting the labor market is tightening....

Will the Fed's steps lead to a stumble?

December 13, 2016

Unless everyone in the universe is wrong — which has been known to happen — the Federal Reserve will nudge up short-term interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday. Is it time to worry that rising rates will hurt the stock...

Muni funds take on water as rates rise

December 5, 2016

Municipal bond funds are starting to sink as interest rates rise. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note has soared from a low of 1.37% July 8 to 2.40% Monday, sending bond prices plummeting. Municipal bond funds, whose interest is...

U.S. equities' bull run limits future upside

December 4, 2016

We are now in year eight of a U.S. equity bull run. U.S. equities, as defined by the Russell 3000, have returned 15% on average since 2009, making this their second-longest hot streak since a decade-long run in the 1990s. Thanks to the global...

Lesson one from Trump rally: Don't sell your stocks on short-term fears

December 1, 2016

If you needed a reason to give clients not to sell their stocks in a panic, here's one: The election of Donald J. Trump as president. Partisans on both sides were warning of the dire effects of a Trump or Clinton presidency. Expectations were...

Small-cap value funds crush their large-cap brethren

December 1, 2016

Small-cap value funds have soared 21.37% this year, vs. 2.66% for large-company growth funds, one of the largest disparities between U.S. diversified stock funds in recent memory. The biggest single factor: The election of Donald J. Trump to...

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