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Senate votes to roll back parts of Dodd-Frank

March 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would ease constraints on regional and community banks while mostly snubbing Wall Street, giving the finance industry its best chance in years of rolling back rules adopted in the wake of the 2008 crisis....

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...

Money markets undergo sea change

March 13, 2018

While many fixed-income investors may be focused on the specter of higher long-term Treasury yields, there's a sea change afoot at the shorter end — in U.S. money markets. The London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and rates on Treasury...

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...

Wall Street doesn't get much relief in Dodd-Frank reboot

March 5, 2018

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a sweeping revamp of financial rules this week. Of all the surprises that entails — about a dozen Democrats signing on, Republicans leaving a lot of the much-maligned Dodd-Frank legislation intact —...

4 Wells Fargo board members plan to retire as pressure builds over scandal

March 2, 2018

Four Wells Fargo & Co. board members, including its three longest-serving directors, plan to retire next month as pressure mounts for new oversight in the 18-month-old scandal. Federico F. Pena, Lloyd H. Dean, Enrique Hernandez Jr. and John...

Pension risk transfers swelled nearly 70% in 2017

March 2, 2018

Employers offloaded pension liabilities at nearly record levels in 2017, a reflection of the fact that pension plans have become more costly to keep on the books, longevity has increased and 401(k) plans have grown more popular. Rising interest...

Financial advisers brush off latest market tumble

March 1, 2018

Financial advisers brushed off the Dow's mini-meltdown Thursday, saying that they had already prepared clients to expect the increased market volatility investors are witnessing now. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has yet to recover...

Stocks tremble, but savers cheer rising rates

February 22, 2018

As the stock market trembles before the specter of three — or possibly four — interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve this year, investors in ultrasafe money market mutual funds and bank certificates of deposit will be cheering. Stocks...

Inflation is a bigger threat to stocks than rates

February 22, 2018

Investors tend to attach narratives after events like the recent bout of market volatility as a way to provide comfort in the face of market uncertainty and losses. Although there could be any number of causes for the downturn, recent data on...

DOL fiduciary rule continues to take toll on annuity sales

February 21, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule and the interest-rate environment delivered a one-two punch to annuity sales last year, pushing them down for the third consecutive year. Compared with the previous year, overall annuity sales dipped 8%...

Investors pile into cash ETF

February 20, 2018

Someone call Ray Dalio: Investors are feeling less stupid about owning cash. The SPDR Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill exchange-traded fund (BIL) took in $580 million last week, tops among U.S. fixed-income products. During an interview in...

Inside the $700 billion bond empire in Newark

February 16, 2018

A quartet of bond managers ensconced in a glistening tower in Newark, New Jersey, say historically low long-term Treasury yields are here to stay. And they've got a growing pile of money backing that view. For the crew at PGIM Fixed Income,...

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 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...

Muni money funds show signs of life

February 12, 2018

If 2017 was the year the municipal money market funds stopped bleeding assets, 2018 is the year they've started growing again. Tax-exempt money market fund assets have increased by almost $7 billion since the beginning of the year, seven times...

Franklin Templeton boosts bet against Treasuries

February 9, 2018

Michael Hasenstab has been waiting since at least 2016 for his wager on rising U.S. rates to come good. Now he's adding to the position. The Franklin Templeton bond chief, known for staking vast sums on conviction trades, has been loading up...

Advisers expect candor and clarity from new Fed chairman

February 9, 2018

As trials by fire go, there probably couldn't have been a better script for Jerome Powell's first week on the job as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. His Monday swearing-in coincided with a record 1,175-point drop by the Dow Jones industrial...

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...

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