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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...

Today's retirees are better off than previously thought

August 1, 2017

Millions of American workers are frozen out of their companies' pension plans. Maybe you get a 401(k), if you're lucky. But the traditional pension is dead. Unless, perhaps, you're already retired. It still lives for millions of older Americans...

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...

What would happen if there was a sharp rise in interest rates?

July 25, 2017

When analyzing the current state of the bond markets, financial advisers may be concerned about the potential for interest rates to rise faster than the markets have priced in. While this development may not be probable, it is certainly possible...

Take 5: Vanguard's new CIO Greg Davis talks bonds, stocks and costs

July 24, 2017

Earlier this month, Greg Davis became Vanguard's chief investment officer, overseeing the $3.8 trillion in assets in more than 300 mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Mr. Davis, 46, took the role from Vanguard's new CEO, Timothy Buckley....

Central banks must use caution in further tightening, Gross says

July 20, 2017

It won't take much for the Federal Reserve to raise short-term interest rates too far, triggering an economic reversal making indebted students, corporations and other borrowers unable to repay loans, according to billionaire bond manager Bill...

How to fix Social Security

July 20, 2017

Alicia Munnell wants to make one thing clear. Social Security is not going bankrupt. The program that the economist calls "the most valuable component of our retirement system" is sustainable and can be fixed. America has just been avoiding...

How to Invest for the Rest of 2017: Our Mid-Year 2017 Outlook

July 19, 2017

Heading into the second half of 2017, we believe the elongated U.S. credit and business cycle – currently eight years old and counting – will continue through the end of the year. Yet for the first time in almost a decade, the risks to the...

Despite efforts to change image, Wall Street fails to regain trust of Americans

July 19, 2017

Bad news for financial titans like JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s Lloyd Blankfein: Most Americans hold unfavorable views of Wall Street banks and corporate executives, and distrust billionaires more than they...

Advisers bracing for Fed's unprecedented bond sale

July 17, 2017

Nine years after the start of a quantitative easing program that left the Federal Reserve with a record $4.5 trillion balance sheet, market watchers are now speculating how the Fed's plans to start selling those bonds will hit the financial...

Gundlach sees more pain for bond bulls as long Treasuries sell off

July 6, 2017

Hedge funds that built up bullish long-end Treasury wagers to the highest outright level since 2008 are rushing for the exit as a government bond rout that started in Europe following a weak French debt auction spreads to the U.S. market. Thirty-year...

Rising rates increase the appeal of lump-sum pension payouts

July 5, 2017

As the Federal Reserve continues its pattern of gradually raising interest rates off historic low levels, financial advisers will want to start recalculating the way they advise clients when it comes to pension payout options. There are always...

Fed nudges savings rates higher

June 23, 2017

Cash is starting to get a bit less trashy. The Federal Reserve nudged short-term interest rates on June 14, and rates on short-term savings vehicles have started to reach levels that are almost compelling. The Fed raised its target level for...

Investors are sticking with dividend ETFs despite the Fed's moves

June 22, 2017

U.S. lending rates are rising, and investors are holding on to $151 billion worth of dividend ETFs. Cue the sell-off? Not so fast. Even as the Federal Reserve increased interest rates last week for the fourth time since the financial crisis,...

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