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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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:...

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...

Research Affiliates' Rob Arnott: 3 reasons you should throw your hat into the emerging-markets' ring

December 19, 2016

Research Affiliates' CEO, Rob Arnott, thinks emerging markets are a hat trick: An unusual three-way combination of low valuations, depressed currencies and strong momentum. Mr. Arnott first made his recommendation for emerging markets back in...

Managed futures funds gaining traction among advisers

December 16, 2016

Investment advisers plan to increase their allocation to managed futures in 2017, according to a survey taken by Altegris Advisers at the InvestmentNews Alternatives Conference in Miami last month. The survey is based on responses from 101 conference...

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....

How to keep clients from going wild when the Dow hits 20,000

December 14, 2016

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes in on 20,000, analysts are talking about animal spirits — specifically, bullish ones — returning to Wall Street. Are your clients clamoring to charge into the market? What do you tell them? First,...

Small business optimism soars after Trump victory

December 13, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. elections is a giant leap for small businesses, according to a survey of their owners. The November reading of the National Federation of Independent Businesses' small business optimism index...

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...

Trump's policies could be tough on emerging markets — and ignite a trade war with China

December 2, 2016

The election has clearly given the U.S. stock market a big boost, but how will a Trump presidency play out in China and other emerging markets? The effects of the election ripple out from the U.S. “The biggest effect in the U.S. will be monetary:...

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...

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