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Infrastructure funds aren't yet feeling the love

February 14, 2018

President Donald J. Trump proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program Monday, which may be one of the worst reasons to buy an infrastructure fund. But there are plenty of other reasons to go down that road — eventually. The infrastructure...

Active funds shone during sell-off

February 13, 2018

For years, it's been the same refrain: Don't bail on active management, you'll regret it when the market turns sour. And while the sell-off that ripped through equities this month has been too short to prove anything, early returns suggest there's...

Inflation bogeyman looms

February 12, 2018

The tug-of-war between stocks and bonds is at the heart of the shakeout roiling financial markets. This week's U.S. inflation report could hold the key to the next phase. Seemingly every time 10-year Treasury yields approached a four-year high...

Record $23 billion flees world's largest ETF

February 12, 2018

Investors actively abandoned the world's biggest passive fund during the onset of market mayhem. The SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fund (SPY) suffered a record $23.6 billion in outflows last week amid the worst momentum swing in history for the...

Morgan Stanley strategist who predicted volatility says buy now

February 12, 2018

The Morgan Stanley strategist who predicted volatility would ramp up in 2018 says the damage has been done and it's time to buy stocks. Michael Wilson, the firm's chief U.S. equity strategist, said the "volatility shock" that hit equity markets...

Despite January's run-up in stocks, investors headed to bonds

February 9, 2018

Investors poured a net $17.1 billion into stock funds and exchange-traded funds in January. But before you start chuckling about how people get into the stock market just before it heads south, the vast majority of fund flows last month —...

Jim Rogers expects next bear market to be the worst he's seen

February 9, 2018

Jim Rogers, 75, says the next bear market in stocks will be more catastrophic than any other market downturn that he's lived through. The veteran investor says that's because even more debt has accumulated in the global economy since the financial...

Stocks resume slide as bond yields climb

February 8, 2018

Volatility's grip on global markets tightened Thursday as surging Treasury yields renewed concern that higher rates will drag on the economy and pushed U.S. stocks lower for the fourth time in five days. The 10-year Treasury yield resumed its...

Alternative funds suddenly look a whole lot better

February 8, 2018

If ever there were a time for alternative funds to shine, it would be now. And some of them are actually doing that. The Dow Jones industrial average has been gyrating like a dozen hamsters in an exercise wheel. Thursday, the blue-chip index...

Stocks enter correction territory amid renewed interest-rate fears

February 8, 2018

The dread that gripped equity markets earlier in the week reemerged Thursday as U.S. stocks plunged into a correction on concern that rising interest rates will drag down economic growth. Selling accelerated in the final hour of trading as major...

Retirement savers flee stocks as market slides

February 8, 2018

Retirement savers violated a cardinal rule of investing this past week: They sold into a plunging market. After racing into equities in January, they did an about-face as markets fell last Friday. Savers moved into money and fixed-income funds,...

Tiny vol products helped fuel market's slump

February 7, 2018

Two days after a sudden spike in volatility sparked a stock-market crash, market participants are left to ponder the wreckage of the sell-off and the mysterious dynamics that caused it. One theory that's emerging: the curious case of the tail...

Market's convulsions could signal beginning of end for bull market

February 7, 2018

Call it a correction overdue, but to Doug Ramsey, the convulsions that have shaken equity markets for the past week have the hallmarks of something bigger, perhaps an end to the era of tranquility that has reigned on Wall Street for half a decade....

Wall Street's volatility time bomb

February 7, 2018

It was the hot trade on Wall Street, a seemingly sure thing that lulled everyone from hedge fund managers to small-time investors. Now newfangled investments linked to volatility in the stock market — until a few years ago, obscure niche products...

Preaching calm, veteran advisers prepped clients for market drop

February 6, 2018

Veteran financial advisers have been talking to clients for months about when — not if — a correction in the stock market would hit. Their message after Monday's historic 1,175 point drop in the Dow: Stay calm. "First, don't panic; second,...

Stock market set for more pain

February 6, 2018

The global equity rout extended on Tuesday as a gauge of world stocks headed for the biggest three-day slide since 2015. U.S. shares were poised for more losses, with a measure of volatility spiking to the highest in nine years. Treasuries fell...

Markets plunge: Advisers urge clients to keep calm

February 5, 2018

Stocks corrected sharply Monday, as advisers reiterated their calls for clients to stay focused on their long-term goals. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled nearly 1,600 points before closing at 24,345.75, down 1,175.23 points, or 4.60%....

U.S. stocks resume their sell-off

February 5, 2018

An overnight rebound in equities evaporated Monday morningand investors were wondering how deep the sell-off in equities will get. U.S. stock indexes resumed their decline after a seven-hour bounce. Concern keeps swirling over encroaching inflation...

US stocks plummet for second day

February 5, 2018

U.S. stocks plunged for a second straight session, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping more than 1,400 at one point and the S&P 500 Index enduring its steepest single-day decline since August 2015, erasing its gains for the year....

Time to add commodities to client portfolios?

February 5, 2018

The economy is booming, and the stock market is falling, at least as of this moment. It may be time to think about adding commodities to clients' portfolios. If putting commodities in a stock portfolio seems like adding coal to a tire fire,...

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