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Tech rout sinks stocks

April 2, 2018

The deepening rout in once high-flying technology shares sent U.S. stocks tumbling to start the second quarter, as renewed presidential criticism of Amazon.com and retaliatory tariffs from China rattled markets. Treasuries and gold rose on safe-haven...

Rising rates sound alarm for debt-laden U.S. consumers

April 2, 2018

A healthy economy can be a dangerous thing. Americans have a history of loading up on debt in good times, then paying dearly when the bills come due. Adding to the pain: A booming economy is often accompanied by rising interest rates, which...

Fed and its projected rate hikes 'likely exaggerated,' says Bill Gross

March 22, 2018

Don't believe the Fed. That's what Bill Gross, the billionaire bond manager with Janus Henderson Group Plc, said in an investment outlook released Thursday. "The Fed's purported three to four hikes this year beginning in March are likely exaggerated,"...

Guggenheim's Minerd sees defaults, recession ahead

March 21, 2018

Companies that went on a borrowing binge may default on their debt as interest rates increase and the prospect of a recession grows, according to Scott Minerd, chief investment officer at Guggenheim Partners. After skirting defaults and bankruptcies...

Federal Reserve hikes interest rates

March 21, 2018

Federal Reserve officials, meeting for the first time under Chairman Jerome Powell, raised the benchmark lending rate a quarter point and forecast a steeper path of hikes in 2019 and 2020, citing an improving economic outlook. Policy makers...

Dividend ETF sees 27th week of inflows

March 20, 2018

Investors continue to bet that interest rates won't shoot through the psychological 3% barrier. One sign: their long-running love affair with a dividend-focused equity exchange-traded fund. The Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) took in...

Senate votes to roll back parts of Dodd-Frank

March 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would ease constraints on regional and community banks while mostly snubbing Wall Street, giving the finance industry its best chance in years of rolling back rules adopted in the wake of the 2008 crisis....

Gundlach says 10-year Treasury above 3% would drive down stocks

March 14, 2018

If the yield on the 10-year Treasury note breaks above 3%, there's a high chance U.S. stocks will end the year down, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer at DoubleLine Capital. "My idea that the S&P would go down on the year...

Money markets undergo sea change

March 13, 2018

While many fixed-income investors may be focused on the specter of higher long-term Treasury yields, there's a sea change afoot at the shorter end — in U.S. money markets. The London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and rates on Treasury...

Trump true believers are going wild over stocks

March 6, 2018

As 2017's roaring bull market gives way to a markedly choppier 2018, the buzz among Wall Street stock touts is that the best of the Trump Trade has passed. Sure, more gains could be wrung out, and probably will be, but nothing like the 30% burst...

Wall Street doesn't get much relief in Dodd-Frank reboot

March 5, 2018

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a sweeping revamp of financial rules this week. Of all the surprises that entails — about a dozen Democrats signing on, Republicans leaving a lot of the much-maligned Dodd-Frank legislation intact —...

4 Wells Fargo board members plan to retire as pressure builds over scandal

March 2, 2018

Four Wells Fargo & Co. board members, including its three longest-serving directors, plan to retire next month as pressure mounts for new oversight in the 18-month-old scandal. Federico F. Pena, Lloyd H. Dean, Enrique Hernandez Jr. and John...

Pension risk transfers swelled nearly 70% in 2017

March 2, 2018

Employers offloaded pension liabilities at nearly record levels in 2017, a reflection of the fact that pension plans have become more costly to keep on the books, longevity has increased and 401(k) plans have grown more popular. Rising interest...

Financial advisers brush off latest market tumble

March 1, 2018

Financial advisers brushed off the Dow's mini-meltdown Thursday, saying that they had already prepared clients to expect the increased market volatility investors are witnessing now. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has yet to recover...

Inflation is a bigger threat to stocks than rates

February 22, 2018

Investors tend to attach narratives after events like the recent bout of market volatility as a way to provide comfort in the face of market uncertainty and losses. Although there could be any number of causes for the downturn, recent data on...

Stocks tremble, but savers cheer rising rates

February 22, 2018

As the stock market trembles before the specter of three — or possibly four — interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve this year, investors in ultrasafe money market mutual funds and bank certificates of deposit will be cheering. Stocks...

DOL fiduciary rule continues to take toll on annuity sales

February 21, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule and the interest-rate environment delivered a one-two punch to annuity sales last year, pushing them down for the third consecutive year. Compared with the previous year, overall annuity sales dipped 8%...

Investors pile into cash ETF

February 20, 2018

Someone call Ray Dalio: Investors are feeling less stupid about owning cash. The SPDR Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill exchange-traded fund (BIL) took in $580 million last week, tops among U.S. fixed-income products. During an interview in...

Inside the $700 billion bond empire in Newark

February 16, 2018

A quartet of bond managers ensconced in a glistening tower in Newark, New Jersey, say historically low long-term Treasury yields are here to stay. And they've got a growing pile of money backing that view. For the crew at PGIM Fixed Income,...

Fed seen speeding up rate hikes

February 15, 2018

A growing number of economists expect the Federal Reserve to step up the pace of its interest-rate increases this year after congressional passage of a $300 billion government spending package that is seen lifting U.S. economic growth and inflation....

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