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Thank Richard Thaler for that bigger nest egg

October 10, 2017

If you have a 401(k) plan at work, there's a good chance that you're saving more for retirement because of Richard Thaler. The Nobel Prize for economics tries to recognize important research with far-ranging consequences — but Thaler, awarded...

Behavioral finance scholar Richard Thaler wins Nobel Prize in economics

October 9, 2017

University of Chicago's Richard H. Thaler, one of the founders of behavioral economics and finance, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics for shedding light on how human weaknesses such as a lack of rationality and self-control can ultimately...

Fed to start shrinking portfolio in October

September 20, 2017

Federal Reserve officials set an October start for shrinking their $4.5 trillion stockpile of assets, moving to unwind a pillar of their crisis-era support for the economy. They continued to forecast one more interest-rate hike later this year,...

Global economy strong, but investment outlook not so much: Vanguard

September 20, 2017

The world's biggest mutual fund company says it's surprised by the global economy's strength this year, but that doesn't mean it's more optimistic about the investment outlook. Investors should brace for a decade of "muted returns," said Nathan...

Major events set stormy tone for financial markets in September

September 5, 2017

Welcome to the cruelest month for U.S. equities. The S&P 500 Index limps into September after stalling amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and historic flooding in Texas. Those broke a stretch of calm that'll be hard to replicate...

America's jobs engine keeps defying forecasts for 2017 slowdown

August 31, 2017

In an economy growing at a moderate pace at best, the U.S. job market keeps on shining. Payroll gains topped forecasts in five of the past seven months, putting the 2017 average increase of 184,000 almost on par with last year's 187,000 and...

Trump kicks off effort to sell a tax plan that is short on details

August 30, 2017

President Donald Trump warned Congress not to miss a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to boost the economy with a massive overhaul of the U.S. tax code as he kicked off his effort to sell the American public on his tax plan Wednesday at a...

Economists predict long-term effects of Harvey will remain local

August 28, 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey will come with major economic consequences for an area critical to U.S. energy production that will be painful, costly and lasting, but the damage is unlikely to reverberate across the country, economists said. Harvey has...

Washington dysfunction looms over markets as September approaches

August 24, 2017

Most investors and advisers try to steer clear of politics. But two big events — a possible government shutdown and a potential default — could make the markets choppy in the next few months, and it's probably best if advisers brief their...

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...

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...

9 bear markets and the events that caused them

August 8, 2017

“Bull markets don’t die of old age; they die of fright.” And usually, that fright comes not from elevated prices or mass panic, but from exogenous events: war, oil shortages, unexpected financial collapse. Here’s a look at the nine bear...

RIAs less optimistic about economy and stock market

August 1, 2017

​ After reaching new highs at the start of the year, optimism about the economy and the stock market has slipped among registered investment advisers, according to a mid-year survey of RIA sentiment from TD Ameritrade Institutional. Sixty...

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...

American dream sinking into abyss of uncertainty

July 18, 2017

With informed discussion, creative thinking, and timely legislative action, Social Security can continue to protect future generations. That boilerplate language has been featured more or less verbatim in the yearly status report from the trustees...

American politics is No. 1 'hot topic' with clients: survey

June 13, 2017

Clients are more skittish than usual, and it's the U.S. political environment that has them nervous about whether they are on track financially. Over the past six months, 84% of advisers said they have needed to reassure clients that they'll...

Bill Gross: US markets at highest risk levels since before financial crisis

June 7, 2017

U.S. markets are at their highest risk levels since before the 2008 financial crisis because investors are paying a high price for the chances they're taking, according to Bill Gross, manager of the $2 billion Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained...

Trump budget seeking $3.6 trillion in cuts draws skepticism

May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government's role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers....

8 points financial advisers need to make with clients before the next correction

May 22, 2017

Preparing clients for a possible 10% to 20% correction in U.S. equity markets requires financial advisers walk the thin line between having clients understand the current risk without creating a sell frenzy. Here’s what proactive advisers...

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...

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