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Investors pour money into bonds, international in July

August 10, 2017

If you're an adviser, you're probably wondering: Who is pouring all that money into bond funds? It's not an easy question to answer, but at least part of the answer can be found in the mirror. Most mutual fund inflows come via the institutional...

Pimco and T. Rowe Price warn investors it's time to reduce risk

August 9, 2017

Two of the biggest money managers have a message for investors: it's time to dial back risk. Investors should pare U.S. stocks and high-yield debt while shifting to lower-risk assets, such as Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, according...

9 bear markets and the events that caused them

August 8, 2017

“Bull markets don’t die of old age; they die of fright.” And usually, that fright comes not from elevated prices or mass panic, but from exogenous events: war, oil shortages, unexpected financial collapse. Here’s a look at the nine bear...

Stock market gains spark questions from clients

August 3, 2017

The longer the stock market goes up, the more clients of AllianceBernstein ask when it will go down. That's according to Dianne Lob, senior managing director for equities, who says questions about the timing of the next 5% or 10% decline in...

How should investors approach infrastructure?

August 3, 2017

Infrastructure provides the foundation of our daily lives. For equity investors, it also offers plenty of enticing opportunities. Improving and expanding the country's infrastructure involves more than building roads and bridges. While efficient...

Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 22,000: Should you care?

August 3, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched past 22,000 Wednesday, and the key question is: Should anyone care? The venerable index rose 52.32 points Wednesday to close at 22,016.24, helped by Apple Inc., which surged 4.37% on a blockbuster earnings...

RIAs less optimistic about economy and stock market

August 1, 2017

​ After reaching new highs at the start of the year, optimism about the economy and the stock market has slipped among registered investment advisers, according to a mid-year survey of RIA sentiment from TD Ameritrade Institutional. Sixty...

Fidelity: Will Goldilocks market have a happy ending?

July 7, 2017

A Fidelity Investments analyst is warning that a fairy tale stock market may not have a fairy tale ending. What makes the current stock market such a wonderland? "Investors have enjoyed the best of all worlds," said Jurrien Timmer, Fidelity's...

Growth funds soar in first six months of 2017

July 5, 2017

With a 14.1% gain, growth funds clobbered value funds in the first half, with bargain-hunters posting only a 5.6% increase, according to Morningstar Inc. "Well-established growth companies did what you'd expect well-established growth companies...

Why invest in emerging markets?

June 1, 2017

Capitalizing on the growth opportunity in emerging markets takes more than just an investment in the conventional benchmark index. Emerging markets are an opportunity for growth-oriented investors — they are almost 40% of global GDP, and demographic...

Are emerging markets the place to be when US stocks drop?

May 24, 2017

Editor's note: This is part of a series looking at how the advice industry is getting ready for the next market correction. If you've ever bought a refurbished fire extinguisher from Frank's Firefighting Warehouse ("Where every sale is a fire...

Advisers go on the offensive, getting clients ready for the next market correction

May 22, 2017

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories that will look at how the advice industry is getting ready for the next market correction. Proactive advisers have been taking steps in recent months to equip clients with the mental resilience...

Stock market's rally may have further to run

May 18, 2017

It's been more than eight years since the stock market bottomed out in the winter of 2009, with the S&P 500 hitting its low of 676.5 on March 9. Since then, the broad index of large-cap stocks has increased by more than 3.5 times, and on Wednesday...

Low volatility funds live up to their name as market falls

May 18, 2017

Low-volatility funds largely lived up to their name in Wednesday's market carnage — but clients should be reminded that "low-vol" doesn't mean "no loss." As their category name implies, low-vol funds are designed to not bounce as high or fall...

Markets fall in reaction to Trump turmoil

May 17, 2017

European and Asian equity markets slumped in the wake of the worst day in eight months for U.S. stocks as the political crisis engulfing U.S. President Donald J. Trump's administration drove investors to the safety of bonds. Shares across Europe...

Think you're an expert on market sentiment? So does everyone else

April 27, 2017

As the stock market soars to new highs, you'll probably have clients point to clues that mean the stock market is seriously overvalued: aged relatives investing in Tesla, for example, or billionaires moving to Thailand. Rather than throwing...

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...

Active fund managers underperform once again: S&P

April 12, 2017

Legendary Mets manager Casey Stengel once cried out, "Can't anyone here play this game?" Had he asked that about active fund managers, Standard & Poor's would once again reply, "No." S&P's semi-annual scorecard for active fund managers found...

A case of disappearing shares

March 22, 2017

Client shares parked at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. may not be as safe as you think. It's not that the threat is coming from potential theft of the shares. The problem is that the DTCC "sometimes can't keep pace," of them, according...

Post-election confidence leads to gains for domestic stock funds

March 3, 2017

This may no longer be the most hated bull market in history. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has roared to a 22.5% gain the past 12 months, yet investors have yanked an estimated $2.4 billion from domestic mutual fund and ETFs during that...

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