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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,...

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...

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...

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...

Charts say bond bull market has gasped its last breath

December 15, 2016

One of the biggest questions being pondered by investors now is whether the record rally in U.S. bonds that began in 1981 has reached its end. For Louise Yamada, who has been advising clients on how to invest based on what she sees in historical...

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...

Clients don't need income, they need money, planners say

November 28, 2016

If you've got a client looking for income, you've got a problem: Most investments don't yield enough to buy a flea an itty-bitty trampoline. And, while it's worthwhile looking for income, your best bet in today's market might be looking at a...

Emerging markets sink after Trump victory

November 23, 2016

Emerging markets have been sinking since the election of Donald Trump, led lower by Latin America and India. The average diversified emerging markets fund has fallen 4.4% since the Nov. 9 election, according to Morningstar, vs. a 3.5% gain for...

America producing 1,700 millionaires a day

November 21, 2016

The U.S. is home to a working class suffering from stagnant incomes and declining job prospects — widespread struggles that helped elect Republican Donald Trump. The relative wealth of Americans in all age groups keeps falling, compared with...

JPMorgan settles China hiring charges for $264 million

November 18, 2016

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $264 million to settle charges that the bank hired relatives of Chinese officials as a way to secure banking business. The settlement is divided among the SEC, Department of Justice and Federal Reserve. Another...

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