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Stock futures little changed after big jump as jobs data looms

December 3, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, after equities rose the most in a month, as investors awaited reports on the world's largest economy to gauge the strength of the recovery. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 (SPX) expiring in...

Corporate bonds fly off the shelves ahead of looming rate hikes

December 2, 2014

U.S. corporations are signaling that they think interest rates are going higher, eventually. Bond sales top $1.5 trillion for a new record. Bond sales driven by record-low interest rates The stage is being set for another global currency war,...

Stocks and bonds catch a ride on the surging dollar

December 2, 2014

The surging strength of the U.S. dollar is laying the foundation for an investment strategy that is likely to play out over the next several years. In addition to the trickle-down consumer-related benefits of cheaper commodity prices and more...

Collapsing oil prices get real with no bottom in sight

December 1, 2014

The collapse of oil prices is driving serious speculation about how bad things will get. Comparisons are being drawn to the impact of declining oil prices three decades ago that led to the fall of the Soviet Union. Few expected the power or...

Keeping emotion out of investing

November 26, 2014

Excerpted from "Asset Rotation: The Demise of Modern Portfolio Theory and the Birth of an Investment Renaissance," by Matthew P. Erickson (Wiley, 2014) Before we can begin to dissect all of the nuances as to why what has worked in the past may...

U.S. stocks climb slowly as European shares rally on stimulus hope

November 24, 2014

European stocks extended a two-month high as lenders rallied on speculation the European Central Bank will step up stimulus. U.S. index futures and Asian shares rose. S&P 500 Index futures expiring in December rose 0.2% Monday, while the MSCI...

China's markets set for global stage

November 23, 2014

Arguably, the biggest event of 2014 for investors is China's Stock Connect program, which joins stock markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong. China has taken a number of steps to structurally improve its domestic credit markets, increase the overseas...

Investor confidence boosts European stocks; U.S. shares flat

November 18, 2014

European stocks rose for a second day as a report showed German investor confidence advanced for the first time this year. U.S. futures were little changed, while Asian shares rallied. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.6% to 339.23 at 10:16...

Investment managers ditching 60/40 portfolios in favor of more liquid alternatives

November 16, 2014

The 60/40 portfolio is dead. Long live liquid alternatives? Some investment managers suggest replacing or at least heavily supplementing the classic 60/40 stocks-and-bonds allocation with liquid alternative investments. They hold that future...

Stocks, dollar climb but gold drops

November 14, 2014

The dollar strengthened to a seven-year high against the yen and U.S. equity-index futures rose while gold declined. European bonds gained and stocks pared losses. The dollar appreciated 0.5% to 116.35 yen at 10:45 a.m. in London. Gold slid...

Strong dollar makes a strong case for currency-hedged ETFs

November 12, 2014

Currency-hedged ETFs are giving dollar bulls something to cheer about. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Betting big on the dollar's surge It's not too early to think about the potential winners and losers in the net-neutrality debate. CMCSA,...

Stock-index futures signal pullback from record highs

November 12, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures declined, signaling benchmark gauges may fall from record levels, as investors consider valuations that are the highest since 2009. Citigroup Inc. dropped in German trading after U.S., Swiss and British regulators fined...

Mining stocks shine in gold-price pullback

November 10, 2014

Even with the price of gold down more than 40% over the past three years, there doesn't appear to be a big appetite for the precious metal, which is exactly why Keith Trauner is selecting adding exposure in his go-anywhere GoodHaven Fund (GOODX)....

U.S. stock-index futures decline with S&P 500 near record

November 4, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures dropped, with equity benchmarks near records, as investors weighed prospects for economic growth and corporate earnings to help gauge the pace of the recovery. Standard & Poor's 500 Index futures expiring in December...

Japan's stimulus news pushes stocks higher

October 31, 2014

The yen plunged to a six-year low while stocks jumped with U.S. equity-index futures (SPX) as the Bank of Japan unexpectedly increased its target for monetary stimulus. Gold fell as bonds from Italy to Portugal climbed. Japan's currency tumbled...

Vanguard's John Bogle beats the low-fee drum, takes a fresh swipe at active management

October 30, 2014

Vanguard's Bogle says unless you make fees a top priority, your retirement plan will suffer, and the financial “industry doesn't give a damn.” Highlights from the Bogleheads' annual meeting Cheap oil adds up to more bad news for gold investors....

Holiday spending can't come soon enough for the economy, markets

October 23, 2014

Calling all consumers. The markets now have their fingers crossed that consumers will step up once again and rescue the economy. Just spend, baby. Take that money you saved on cheaper gas and go buy something, please Social Security is becoming...

The Fed struts its market-timing skills to inject a sense of calm

October 22, 2014

The Fed proves to be the ultimate market timer, as well as the puppet master. The safety net is getting thin and frayed, but it's still miraculously hanging in there. 'We've got your back' Not that Pimco is asking, but Mohamed El-Erian is still...

The bitter economic costs of cheap oil

October 21, 2014

Cheap oil threatens the U.S. energy boom and the fallout is not optimal. In the shale business it's not as easy as just reducing production. Paying less for foreign goods and services Making the case for investing in bond funds gets tougher...

Passive fixed-income strategies? Not in today's environment

October 21, 2014

There are many excellent ways to invest in fixed income in the current market environment. Passive strategies are not among them. Investors should seek out experienced professionals who know the global fixed-income markets, can anticipate and...

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