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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...

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...

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...

Presidential election is a warning shot to financial services industry

November 23, 2016

The U.S. Presidential election turned a lot of heads worldwide. For the first time in modern history, the U.S. elected a commander in chief with no political experience, little of the support traditionally given to the candidate of a major party...

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...

Wall Street veterans file past Trump for potential Treasury secretary post

November 21, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump resumed meetings with potential candidates for his administration Monday in New York as his transition office announced additional liaison groups that will work with federal agencies ahead of his January inauguration....

Ed Jones adviser predicted Trump's electoral vote tally — two weeks before the election

November 21, 2016

While political pundits and pollsters continue their hand-wringing and soul searching over how they could have so badly missed the outcome of the presidential election, Jared Tjaden is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Mr. Tjaden, a 31-year-old...

Fund flows make screeching U-turn after election

November 18, 2016

Exchange-traded fund flows made a violent U-turn in the middle of Wall Street after the presidential election. Investors have been making a massive exodus from stock ETFs and open-ended funds for years. In the 12 months ended October, investors...

Alternative strategies fight index investors while longing for a 'black swan' event

November 17, 2016

Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, when virtually every asset class morphed toward a suddenly singular correlation of declines, the case for diversifying into alternative investments has sounded logical. But, also ever since the financial...

The Federal Reserve meets Donald Trump

November 15, 2016

The Fed, like most folks inside the bubbles of New York and Washington, D.C., did not expect Donald Trump to be our next president. It's now time to start speculating about how the Fed will adjust to The Donald. Re-reading the Fed's diverging...

Making sense of the stock market's post-election run

November 14, 2016

There are reasons the stock market went into rally mode in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election. The upside of sudden certainty. Right out of the blocks industrial stocks have rallied in the wake of the presidential election...

Vanguard, Pimco feel the pain as long-term funds get smacked

November 14, 2016

The bond market selloff is getting more serious, and investors are starting to feel the pain. The bellwether 10-year Treasury note yield rose to 2.24% Monday, up from an all-time low of 1.37% on July 8th. Bond prices fall when yields rise. Despite...

Donald Trump's transition team says scrapping Dodd-Frank is job one

November 11, 2016

On Day 2 as president-elect, the Donald Trump transition team is already talking about tearing apart Dodd-Frank. This will not sit well with Elizabeth Warren. With Donald Trump at the helm some ETFs will stand out in the crowd. GLD, IGF, RSX,...

What you can learn from 30 years of stock-picking

November 10, 2016

You can learn a lot about investing in 30 years, and if you don't believe it, check out the class of 1986 — fund managers who have each run their fund the past 30 years. That's exactly what the Ariel funds did Wednesday, gathering together...

Donald Trump win takes the stock market to hell and back

November 10, 2016

The wild ride of election night saw the Dow swing by more than 1,100 points from trough to peak. Will nothing derail this market? Markets recover as the shock of a Donald Trump presidency sinks in. The Fed might have yet another excuse for doing...

Leveraging portfolios to take advantage of Donald Trump's policies

November 10, 2016

Protests in the streets and emotional outbursts notwithstanding, the craziest presidential election in modern history has officially come and gone. What we're left with, at least from a financial services perspective, is the immediate, near-,...

Money managers react to Trump's victory

November 10, 2016

The Ariel funds gathered some top money managers in Chicago this week to talk about the past and the future. Here are their reactions to the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Advisers brace for the transition toward a President Trump

November 9, 2016

Financial advisers, normally known for preaching calm in times of market stress, are already looking past any short-term volatility following the election of Donald Trump to focus on areas of opportunity. “I think the Republican-led government...

How the bond market braced for the election

November 9, 2016

How the bond market braced for a Trump surprise while anticipating a Clinton dud. “The election event risk is asymmetric.” The stock market might have enjoyed a nice rally leading up to yesterday's election, but don't use that as any kind...

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