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Earnings season only pouring 'fuel on fire' for stocks

April 11, 2018

Don't pin your hopes for stock markets in the U.S. and Europe on first-quarter profit updates. That's the message from London & Capital's Roger Jones, who argues that now is not the time to load up on risk assets. As investors prepare to shift...

U.S. target-date funds have strong home-country equity bias

April 10, 2018

Target-date funds generally still have a strong U.S. equity bias, according to a Mercer target-date report released Monday. The consulting firm's survey covered 68 off-the-shelf mutual fund and collective investment trust target-date series....

Advisers answer common investor concerns with these talking points

April 5, 2018

Now that stock market volatility has awakened from its more than year-long slumber, investors are getting understandably nervous, which is putting financial advisers on notice. With that in mind, we combed the financial planning universe for...

Tech rout sinks stocks

April 2, 2018

The deepening rout in once high-flying technology shares sent U.S. stocks tumbling to start the second quarter, as renewed presidential criticism of Amazon.com and retaliatory tariffs from China rattled markets. Treasuries and gold rose on safe-haven...

S&P 500 evolves to reflect makeup of the economy

April 2, 2018

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has come a long way since 1957, the year it was introduced. An index fund wasn't even a twinkle in Jack Bogle's eye back then, and corporate America looked a whole lot different. For one thing, 400 of the companies...

Advisers tell clients market volatility is the new normal

April 2, 2018

Financial advisers had their hands full on the first trading day of the second quarter as the S&P 500 index dropped 2.2% Monday. The message financial advisers presented to clients was that volatility is back, but that doesn't mean it's time...

Stocks about to get a $400 billion dividend boost

March 30, 2018

Here's a fresh reason to celebrate the end of a lousy quarter in global equities: The new quarter kicks off with the potential adrenaline boost of as much as $400 billion in dividends. "We think it is no coincidence that spring is also a seasonally...

Advisers should make the most of volatility for clients

March 29, 2018

How did your clients do during this year's early volatility? I'm not talking about their portfolios — how did they handle it, as people? Did it surprise and rattle them? Did they want to react? Go to cash? Such responses are common, as markets'...

Thinking outside the style box

March 22, 2018

The popular "style box" developed by Morningstar Inc. goes back to 1992. Entire generations of mutual fund managers, financial advisers and investors have never been without the concept. An intuitive framework for equity investing, the style...

Stocks plunge, advisers tell clients to hang tight

March 22, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 724 points Thursday, and advisers are glad they have prepared clients for a more volatile market. "I don't get a lot of calls on days like this," said David Rae, president of DRM Wealth Management. "I'm...

David Herro on the best opportunities in international investing

March 22, 2018

David Herro, chief investment officer for international equities at Harris Associates, has been a manager of the $47 billion Oakmark International fund (OAKIX) since 1992. He won Morningstar's International Stock Fund Manager of the Year in...

Managers allocate less to global equities, more to bonds

March 20, 2018

Money managers' global equity allocations continued to decline in March, while their global bond allocations rose from a record low, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch's monthly fund manager survey released Tuesday. Managers' global equity allocations...

Investors stood pat during February correction

March 19, 2018

Those flighty individual investors didn't flee the stock market during February's correction — which means the panicking was left to Wall Street's pros. Just 6% of individual investors were net sellers during the February correction, according...

Stock funds and ETFs saw record inflows in latest week

March 16, 2018

Investors poured more money into U.S. stocks in the latest week than at any time since Bank of America Merrill Lynch started keeping records in 2002. A record $43.4 billion flooded into U.S. stocks in the week ended Wednesday, bringing the total...

GMO's Grantham: No bubble yet, but keep your eyes open

March 15, 2018

Jeremy Grantham is a co-founder of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo, a $70 billion global asset manager. He serves the firm's chief strategist and is a member of GMO's asset allocation team. Mr. Grantham warned about both the dot-com bubble of 2000...

Gundlach says 10-year Treasury above 3% would drive down stocks

March 14, 2018

If the yield on the 10-year Treasury note breaks above 3%, there's a high chance U.S. stocks will end the year down, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer at DoubleLine Capital. "My idea that the S&P would go down on the year...

JPMorgan exec warns of possible 40% equity correction

March 8, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive Daniel Pinto warned equity markets could fall as much as 40% in the next two to three years. His comments come as investors worry over the effect of central banks raising interest rates and rising inflation. "It...

Trump true believers are going wild over stocks

March 6, 2018

As 2017's roaring bull market gives way to a markedly choppier 2018, the buzz among Wall Street stock touts is that the best of the Trump Trade has passed. Sure, more gains could be wrung out, and probably will be, but nothing like the 30% burst...

Stocks could drop 25% if 10-year yield hits 4.5%, Goldman says

February 26, 2018

If the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield hits 4.5% by year-end, the economy would probably muddle through — stocks, not so much, according to Goldman Sachs Group. Goldman's base-case scenario calls for a 10-year yield of 3.25% by the end of 2018,...

Fidelity may rein in star stock pickers

February 26, 2018

In a sign of the growing emphasis by companies to eliminate workplace harassment, Fidelity Investments said it is considering reorganizing its mutual fund management operations in a way that would deemphasize stock-picking star managers and...

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