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Fund managers see economic slowdown, looming recession

March 17, 2016

The majority of fund managers say global economic growth is almost out of steam. At 59%, this marks the highest reading for a late-cycle view since August 2008. It's getting late in the game, and a recession isn't that far off. The gold trade...

Commodity, energy investment funds on a comeback

March 11, 2016

If your clients have been asking you to get out of the market during this turbulent year, you might point them to the big gains they've enjoyed in just the past 30 days. Large blend funds — your basic large-company, growth-at-a-reasonable-price...

More than 20% of mutual funds shuttered over last five years

March 10, 2016

Nearly a quarter of all stock mutual funds disappeared during the past five years, and competition from index funds could hold the death rate steady in the future. Standard & Poor's, in its semi-annual report on the performance of funds vs....

Oil stocks ride a short squeeze to record gains

March 7, 2016

How an epic short squeeze propelled some oil stocks to record weekly gains. More than triple the short interest of a year ago. The folding of the web-based finance tool Google Compare provides another indication that robo advice can't be just...

Investors pile into gold funds, ETFs

March 4, 2016

The gold rally is real and gaining momentum. The precious metal is already up nearly 17% from the start of the year, and some analysts are now suggesting the case for gold is getting even stronger. A relatively-weaker dollar, a less hawkish...

Fed minutes, oil drive stocks higher

February 18, 2016

Fed minutes stoke the stock market rally, pumping the biggest three-day gain since August. Renewed strength for oil and some candid comments from the Fed. Meanwhile, not everyone sees a long run for this rally. What do investors want from money...

Where and how Bernie Sanders wants to hit Wall Street

February 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders is looking directly at Wall Street to pay for a lot of the free stuff he hopes to give away as president. His proposed financial-transaction taxes would supposedly collect tens of billions of dollars, but that's just the starting...

Gold rally takes a breather

February 16, 2016

The gold-price rally since the start of the year, coupled with the recent pullback, is raising fresh debate over whether the precious metal has been over-bought in the stock market's latest risk-off mood. As a classic safe-haven asset, it's...

Stock market selloff triggers a new gold rush

February 12, 2016

Gold rallies amid the stock selloff to once again become the safe-haven play. “I think people are so confused about this market.” Finra bars two brokers for selling a highly speculative hedge fund as a more mundane growth fund. The fund's...

America's earnings recession is getting ugly

February 8, 2016

S&P 500 companies continue to see earnings decline, with the energy sector taking it particularly hard on the chin. Oil's woes are a major problem for earnings growth. It's not just about excelling on the field for two Carolina Panthers. Punter...

Goldman, JPMorgan go Jekyll and Hyde on state of the markets

January 26, 2016

Near simultaneous reports by JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs illustrate how confused Wall Street is by the current market environment. The dead cat bounce and the buying opportunity. China has been trying to fuel its private economy by refining oil....

Oil gets its groove back, for now

January 25, 2016

The price of oil has bounced off the bottom, but it's still a long way from a supply-demand balance. “I think panic took over common sense, and now we're starting to get a grip on reality.” Meanwhile, there's that strange new reality of...

The world is increasing its focus on China's currency devaluation

January 22, 2016

The weakening of China's currency is starting to take center stage. Keeping the yuan in perspective. Just because oil is cheap doesn't mean you can't make some money off that fall. Morgan Stanley CEO tells you how to make a killing in oil. The...

U.S. stocks close lower after late-day rally

January 20, 2016

U.S. stocks surged back to pare the biggest one-day selloff in five months, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average cutting a loss of 550 points by two-thirds as investors speculated the rout that's wiped more than $15 trillion from global equities...

Investors are fixated on the stock market's August lows

January 20, 2016

Investors are now obsessed with the stock market's dreaded August bottom. Then what? Getting closer to that magic number. What you might want to know about Iran's oil coming to market. The global oil market could drown in over-supply. The hedge...

Buckle in for cheap oil and keep buying that cheap gasoline

January 14, 2016

Anyone who has put gas in their car recently can certainly relate to the immediate benefits of cheap oil. And since consumer spending represents about 70% of the U.S. economy, many of the big thinkers are leaning hard on the argument that lower...

Corporate earnings season expected to be the worst since 2009

January 14, 2016

As the fourth-quarter earnings season kicks off this week, results for S&P 500 companies are expected to show a decline in profits for a third quarter in a row, confirming that corporate America has slipped into an earnings recession. Profits...

Hillary Clinton ups the ante with new plans to tax the rich

January 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton ups the ante on rival Bernie Sanders with a new “Fair Share Surcharge” to tax the wealthiest Americans. The 4% surcharge would raise $150 billion over 10 years. Pinning the plight of cheap oil not on a worldwide glut of the...

Amidst the market carnage, liquid alt funds lived up to their promise

January 11, 2016

While most investors and financial advisers might still be trying to shake off the shock of the stock market's historically-bad opening week, the true-believers in alternative investments are almost gloating. “We've been using managed futures...

What early stock market volatility means for the year ahead

January 8, 2016

There's no particular reason the start of a new calendar year should represent the start of a new mood in the financial markets — but that's sort of what's happening. On two of the first four trading days of 2016, U.S. equity markets suffered...

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