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Stocks and bonds sending out divergent outlooks on economy

April 25, 2017

Markets are taking sides when it comes to the direction of the U.S. economy. In the green corner are stocks. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is just 0.3% away from a record high reached in March on bets that Donald J. Trump's administration...

Charles Schwab executive Jeffrey Kleintop debunks idea of 'Trump rally,' attributes market climb to fundamentals

April 24, 2017

Charles Schwab executive Jeffrey Kleintop has a message for supporters of President Donald J. Trump who believe his election is behind recent stock market gains: The rally is not about him. The president's advocates attribute the upturn to anticipation...

Vanguard's Joe Davis on interest rates, the US economy and what the Federal Reserve will do next

March 23, 2017

Joe Davis is Vanguard's global chief economist and head of the Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, which helps set the Valley Forge, Pa., fund behemoth's asset allocation strategy. Mr. Davis spoke with InvestmentNews about the outlook for interest...

Clients fret as bull market reaches 8th birthday

March 6, 2017

The bull market has reached its 8th birthday, and advisers are starting to tell their clients to tone down their expectations for the next few years. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index hit bottom on March 9, 2009, after tumbling 57% from...

Markets looking for policy details in Trump's speech

February 27, 2017

Donald Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday is taking on the importance of a State of the Union speech when it comes to U.S. financial markets. For investors relying on more than a year of campaign promises of a pro-growth agenda to push U.S....

Lower taxes could hit municipal bond yields

February 13, 2017

The one drawback to lower tax rates: Muni bond prices could take a hit, according to Peter Hayes, BlackRock's head of municipal bonds. People buy municipal bonds primarily because their interest is free from federal, and sometimes state, income...

European stocks far cheaper than US stocks

February 10, 2017

If you're looking for cheap stocks, Europe is the place to go, says Bank of America Merrill Lynch. But political and sovereign debt risks are one reason Europe is so cheap. In a paper released Thursday, titled "Europe vs. U.S.: The earnings...

Trump protectionism poses big market risks: strategists

February 9, 2017

While the stock market has been on the up since the election of Donald J. Trump as president, his protectionist policies and U.S.-first views pose a serious threat to the market and overall economy, market strategists said Thursday morning....

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's immigration ban tricky for CEOs

January 30, 2017

President Donald Trump vowed to end business as usual in Washington. Global companies are now learning just what that means. What began before his inauguration, with attempts to cajole corporations like Toyota Motor Corp. into keeping jobs in...

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...

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...

Smart beta could give funds an entry into ETF market

January 24, 2017

More than 2,200 people met at the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla., this week, and it was all about product — smart beta product, specifically. The record attendance follows record flows to ETFs in 2016, with more than $280 billion...

Will Trump's tweets continue to move markets — and is that a good thing?

January 12, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump proved he can move markets, but how persistent the Trump effect will be remains to be seen. Mr. Trump said at his press conference Wednesday that pharmaceutical companies were “getting away with murder” on drug...

SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci scores White House role

January 12, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, has been named an assistant to President-elect Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the decision. Mr. Scaramucci will have a general advisory role in the White House, said the people...

Bob Doll's 10 predictions for 2017

January 6, 2017

The year ahead is full of potential, but much of it hinges on the success of Present-elect Donald Trump in living up to expectations, according to Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management. Coming off a strong showing in 2016,...

Here's why your clients probably didn't beat the S&P 500 in 2016

January 3, 2017

Your clients had a great year in the stock market. But their first question might be, “Why didn't we get as much as the S&P 500?” The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index gained 11.96% with dividends reinvested in 2016, despite a rough start:...

Tax-managed SMAs are still a best practice despite possible tax cuts

January 3, 2017

Taxes may be cut under President-elect Donald Trump, but they aren't going away. That's the key thought that advisers should keep in mind as they consider adapting investment strategies for their clients in the midst of potential tax law changes....

Alternative energy funds have dim prospects under a Trump presidency

December 27, 2016

One thing you can learn from the Trump presidential victory: Making bets on the fallout is anything but certain. For example, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back coal. Investors don't believe it. VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (KOL),...

Outlook for 2017: Strategists from Vanguard, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Ameriprise, BlackRock and others weigh in

December 20, 2016

Economists make predictions because people ask them to, and the same holds true for market strategists. Here's a roundup of predictions for 2017 from major fund companies and brokerages. VANGUARD: JOE DAVIS, CHIEF GLOBAL ECONOMIST, AND TEAM...

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