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Wealthfront wants to help millennials take a sabbatical

July 25, 2018

The latest tool in Wealthfront's expanding financial planning utility belt is "Time Off for Travel," a service that lets the digital adviser's clients explore the possibility of taking an extended leave from work. Drawing on information provided...

Millennials err on the side of caution when it comes to investing

July 25, 2018

Millennials think cash is the best long-term investment. Unsurprisingly, they're not seeing good returns. Almost 1 in 3 millennials said cash instruments, such as savings accounts and certificates of deposit, are the best place to invest money...

In wake of tax reform, muni bond market gains footing

July 23, 2018

Six months after the sweeping tax-reform package that cut corporate and individual rates rattled the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market, financial advisers say the fallout has proven to be a good thing for investors. With deductions for state...

Analysts say yield curve will invert 'by mid-2019'

July 12, 2018

The Federal Reserve next March will probably map out an end to the contraction in its balance sheet, helping support longer-dated bond yields, which will drop below those on shorter-dated notes by the middle of 2019, according to Morgan Stanley....

Companies start paying employee student loan debt

July 9, 2018

Employers are trying to help employees alleviate the burdens of outstanding student loans by offering to pay off some of the debt — which totals more than $1.4 trillion in the U.S. alone, according to the Federal Reserve. It's a relatively...

Bond market portends end of boom times

July 9, 2018

It's abundantly clear that Americans as a whole are experiencing the best economy since the Great Recession. U.S. employers are adding so many workers that more people are growing encouraged to enter the labor force. Wage growth is well above...

Muni closed-end funds may be ripe for tax-loss sales

July 5, 2018

It's only July, but it's not too early to discuss selling municipal-bond closed-end funds to offset a capital gains tax liability, according to Greg Neer of Relative Value Partners. Almost 90% of closed-end funds monitored by Bloomberg posted...

Trade fight puts ETF investors on the defensive

July 2, 2018

The threat of a global trade war is starting to show up in investor portfolios. Investors poured cash into exchange-traded funds that track producers of consumer staples and energy last month, and ditched holdings in industrial and financial...

Retirement planning 10 years after the financial crisis

June 28, 2018

Ten years after the start of the 2008 financial crisis, the retirement income conversation is starkly different than it once was. In fact, everything has changed, from the way advisers and investors look at risk, to the investment vehicles they...

Why the super wealthy may want to fund life insurance with a loan

June 22, 2018

Wealthy clients looking to use life insurance in their estate plans may find that funding their policies with a loan makes sense, especially as interest rates are still relatively low. The goal is to exploit low interest rates to get a cheap...

Guggenheim said to consider sale of asset management unit

June 21, 2018

Guggenheim Partners is exploring the sale of a stake in its $250 billion asset-management unit overseen by Scott Minerd, according to people familiar with the matter. Guggenheim Partners Investment Management has been in talks with global insurers,...

Fidelity hedges the Fed by expanding into factor-based bond ETFs

June 14, 2018

With the Federal Reserve inching interest rates higher, more creativity will be called for fixed-income allocations, which is the wave Fidelity Investments is hoping to catch with two new factor-based strategies. Rolling out low-cost factor-based...

DoubleLine Capital's Gundlach says current debt expansion amid rising interest rates 'unprecedented'

June 13, 2018

The soaring U.S. budget deficit at a time interest rates are rising may be setting the stage for fiscal trouble, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital. "Here we are doing something that almost seems like...

Fed raises interest rates; signals 2 more hikes this year for total of 4

June 13, 2018

Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates for the second time this year and upgraded their forecast to four total increases in 2018, as unemployment falls and inflation overshoots their target faster than previously projected. The so-called...

Cash floods into money market funds

June 12, 2018

It's tempting to look at the wave of cash spilling into U.S. money-market funds and conclude that investors are sheltering themselves from political and economic turmoil around the globe. After all, the short-term debt funds experienced one...

These 10 funds offer yields of 5% or more

June 11, 2018

Thanks to a roaring economy and the Federal Reserve, the days of zero interest rates are over. In fact, you can now get yields of 5% or more on some mutual funds and ETFs. Risk-free? Hardly. When you're earning two percentage points more than...

Investors dump junk ETF

June 8, 2018

With interest rates all but certain to rise soon, investors are fleeing a popular exchange-traded fund that tracks short-term junk bonds. The $2.4 billion iShares 0-5 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (SHYG) had more than $465 million of outflows...

Yield curve points to recession in about 22 months

June 7, 2018

Guggenheim Partners' Scott Minerd has his eye on the yield curve and says it's not looking good. "If you look at the historical path that we've been on, we are just around the point where we would be, let's say, maybe 22 months away from a recession,"...

Neil Hennessy: Active managers can grow their assets with acquisitions

June 5, 2018

Neil Hennessy is founder and chief investment officer of Hennessey Advisors Inc., a $6.6 billion publicly traded investment management company that offers 14 mutual funds to the public. Mr. Hennessy, who started his career as a PaineWebber broker...

Biggest U.S. banks cut municipal-bond holdings

May 31, 2018

More than a half dozen of the biggest U.S. banks reduced their holdings of state and local government bonds by billions of dollars after the federal government slashed corporate tax rates, making the securities less valuable to one of the market's...

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