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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...

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...

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...

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,...

Second-half outlook: Not as bad as you might think

June 20, 2017

With the Standard & Poor's 500 reaching record highs after an eight-year bull market, the Federal Reserve Bank raising interest rates and high stock valuations, strategists must be worried about the stock market, right? Not so much. Despite...

Treasury calls on financial regulators to coordinate cybersecurity oversight

June 14, 2017

Government oversight of cybersecurity could become more streamlined under a proposal from the Trump administration. In its first report on financial regulatory reform, the Treasury Department called for state and federal officials to work together...

Trump administration wants to rewrite Dodd-Frank regulations

June 13, 2017

The Trump administration laid out its highly anticipated plan for overhauling bank rules, calling on the government to ease, though not eliminate, many of the strictures that were imposed on Wall Street after the financial crisis. The changes,...

Vanguard founder John Bogle still prefers U.S. stocks

June 12, 2017

While a chorus of market experts is telling investors to look outside of the U.S. for big returns, at least one loud voice is singing a very different tune — Vanguard Group founder John Bogle. The 88-year-old investor, who started the first...

How much life and disability is enough?

June 11, 2017

Veronica is a 33-year-old professional with a family, earning $150,000 a year. If she works until 75, she'll earn between $13 million and $20 million over 42 years (with 3% to 5% average annual increases). Veronica's human life value will be...

Investments that advisers should look at in an overheated market

May 24, 2017

Editor's note: This is part of a series looking at how the advice industry is getting ready for the next market correction. Investing in today's stock market is a bit like driving 90 miles an hour on a wet highway with bald tires. You may not...

Markets fall in reaction to Trump turmoil

May 17, 2017

European and Asian equity markets slumped in the wake of the worst day in eight months for U.S. stocks as the political crisis engulfing U.S. President Donald J. Trump's administration drove investors to the safety of bonds. Shares across Europe...

Why rich retirees are so reluctant to spend their money

May 16, 2017

There's a time in everyone's life to save. There's also a time when you're supposed to spend. That time is commonly known as retirement. Millions of Americans aren't doing that, however, which has put the U.S. in a perverse situation. Younger...

With U.S. stocks flying high, advisers should caution clients

May 13, 2017

It has been two decades since then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan used the phrase "irrational exuberance" ​ to describe the general mood of investors during a December 1996 speech at the American Enterprise Institute. At the time,...

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