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Fed seen speeding up rate hikes

February 15, 2018

A growing number of economists expect the Federal Reserve to step up the pace of its interest-rate increases this year after congressional passage of a $300 billion government spending package that is seen lifting U.S. economic growth and inflation....

Inflation in 2018: How big is the monster under the bed?

January 8, 2018

Every adviser has a closet of anxieties, stuffed to the gills with brutal bear markets, roaring interest rates and blithering bitcoins. But one of the biggest monsters is probably insidious inflation, which gnaws at investment returns and devalues...

Dow surpasses 25,000 for first time, as bull market storms into 2018

January 5, 2018

It's a new year and an old pattern in equities, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sailing past 25,000 for the first time as the bull market rages on. Gains in companies from Boeing Co. to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. lifted the blue-chip index past...

Are your clients ready for higher volatility?

January 12, 2018

If you have watched the market in the past 12 months or so, you may have noted a paucity of panic. A minimum of meltdowns. A deficit of drawdowns. And that brings us to today's topic: Is that worrisome? If so, is there a rational way to reduce...

Experts upbeat on stock market, economy in the year ahead

November 15, 2017

Strong global economic growth could propel the U.S. stock market to even greater heights, said Jeffrey Kleintop, the chief global investment strategist for Schwab. Each of the world's 45 major economies is expanding for the first time in a decade...

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...

Why full U.S. employment doesn't include millennials

November 3, 2016

Aggregate unemployment has been hovering at 5%, a huge turnaround from 9.5% at the bottom of the most recent recession. Thus the U.S. is at or close to full employment. Lots of people — some of them quite smart — believe this. Unfortunately,...

Bitcoin price breaks $10,000. Here's what history tells us comes next.

November 29, 2017

Some investors have raised the question: "Is bitcoin a bubble?" This is somewhat like asking whether Taylor Swift makes records, or Kim Jong Un likes rockets. But let's look over the evidence. Economists have long held that investors are rational...

Independent advisers are key to economic growth in their communities: Oxford Economics study

October 3, 2016

With America in the thick of election season, we hear one question asked repeatedly in regards to various candidates and policies: “Who is looking out for the middle class?” Political fortunes will rise and fall across the country this November...

As cash flows to companies after tax reform, here's how to invest

December 5, 2017

One reason lotteries are so popular is that most people like to dream about what they would do with vast amounts of money — enough to buy a private island, for example, or pick up a dozen Fabergé eggs on the way home. Corporations will soon...

Federal Reserve must change course to stop economy's downward trajectory

March 16, 2016

Last June, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, surprised everyone by wading into the U.S. interest rate hike discussion. “The inflation rate is not progressing at a rate that would warrant, without risk, a rate...

The rise of Trump, and what it means for markets and advisers

January 20, 2016

It's hard to believe, but 2016 is upon us and Donald Trump is still in the limelight of the Republican presidential race. A year ago, many predicted Mr. Trump would put his foot too far into his mouth at some point and fall out of the race with...

Advisers predict volatility will rise

November 21, 2017

Advisers expect an uptick in stock-market volatility over the next six months, but they don't seem to be particularly anxious, according to a recent survey of adviser sentiment by Eaton Vance. The firm's top-of-mind index of 1,000 advisers found...

Advice for advisers: Always think about inflation

November 20, 2015

Inflation — and how to outpace it — should always be a top concern for investors. Over the last several years though, it really hasn't. Inflation, as defined by the Consumer Price Index, has been falling for about four years and has now...

Alex Rodriguez and the Federal Reserve rewrite history

August 19, 2015

On a clear July night at Target Field in Minneapolis, 39-year-old New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez swung at a fastball over the plate, driving the ball over the center field fence. With the swing of a bat, A-Rod had hit his third home run of the...

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...

It's all about the economy

July 27, 2015

All eyes are on the economy as September, and a possible Fed rate hike, inch closer. Here's some economic data to get excited about. When you're doing estate plans, don't forget your single clients. In some cases, a single person may need to...

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...

Billionaire wealth is not guaranteed forever

March 22, 2016

Getting to the top is hard, but staying there is even harder. In the world of wealth creation, becoming a billionaire is a substantial feat, but staying a billionaire over long periods of time can be an even tougher enterprise. As a UBS-PwC...

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...

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