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Bob Doll: While markets look sloppy, high volatility will persist

October 7, 2014

U.S. equities declined again last week, with the S&P 500 Index losing 0.7%, although the damage was mitigated by a rally on Friday that followed a stronger-than-expected employment report. The pending completion of the Federal Reserve's quantitative...

Where are the next big opportunities in today's market?

September 30, 2014

Five years after the end of the financial crisis, asset managers, financial advisers and clients are trying to discern how they should be positioned to avoid many of the pitfalls that may lie ahead, but still take advantage of the opportunities...

Distinguishing financial planner from investment adviser

September 22, 2014

What's the difference between a financial planner and an investment adviser? At least three things. You say tomato, I say financial adviser Gold looks more tarnished by the day. Is this the time to jump in or cut losses? The ongoing gold argument...

What Scotland's 'no' vote means for markets

September 19, 2014

The Scots stick with England and the markets are breathing a sigh of relief. Voting 'no' was the less-risky choice Alibaba IPO prices at $68, but the real test will be whether retail investors have even been paying attention to the record-setting...

Whether 'yes' or 'no, thanks,' Scotland vote unlikely to trip up hot UK economy

September 18, 2014

The U.K. economy is ready for battle. With the fastest growth among Group of Seven nations, Britain may have built up enough momentum to weather the possible loss of Scotland in today's referendum, or to keep strengthening if the union survives....

Schwab expands commission-free trading platform for ETFs

September 18, 2014

The Charles Schwab Corp. on Thursday unveiled a long-planned expansion of OneSource, its commission-free trading platform for ETFs, adding dozens of funds and managers, including Pimco. In addition to exchanged-traded funds offered by Pacific...

Bob Doll: Why the bull market isn't ending anytime soon

September 16, 2014

The upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting has drawn quite a bit of attention amid increased speculation that the Federal Reserve may start signaling its long-awaited move to increase rates. Retail sales were quite strong in August...

Advisers and investors take new military action in stride

September 11, 2014

President Barack Obama's expanded military effort to destroy a militant force in Syria and Iraq came on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. But the reaction of jaded investors couldn't have been more different....

Where are the flows?

September 8, 2014

How do you make sense of lackluster flows into equity funds amid the longest outperformance for U.S. stocks since the presidency of Richard Nixon? S&P 500 beating world doesn't spark flows This is Apple's big week but something's missing. 4...

Six tried-and-true ways to invest in gold

August 21, 2014

So you have been bitten by the gold bug? Here are six easy ways to add a little gold to any portfolio — and the pros and cons of each. Sources: GoldResource.net, SeekingAlpha.com, Morningstar Inc. and Kapitall Inc.

Greenback rallies ahead of the Fed minutes

August 20, 2014

The Dollar's shining moment ahead of the latest Fed minutes. Reading the Fed's tea leaves The Fed's annual Jackson Hole meeting and the markets. Past performance is no indication of future returns, but that doesn't mean we can't hold out hope....

Investing lessons from Lebron James

August 5, 2014

What bond investors can learn from LeBron James' career moves. Focusing on higher payouts ahead The latest case for gold means the Fed is getting it all wrong, and that isn't good. The Fed might be dangerously behind the curve The outlook for...

Global consumer confidence soars

July 22, 2014

Global consumer confidence hasn't been this high since 2007. Just saying. U.S. consumers are the eighth most upbeat folks Credit Suisse is exiting the commodities trading business, following lead of other big banks. $75 million in savings from...

Equity ETF investors kept the pedal to the metal in the second quarter

July 22, 2014

Despite the old adage of “sell in May and go away,” investors kept the pedal to the metal in second quarter of 2014, pushing the average equity exchange-traded fund's (ETF) three-month return to 4.71%, with equity ETFs posting their eighth...

Global markets feeling pressure from increased geopolitical risks

July 18, 2014

Global markets come under pressure as troubles mount in Ukraine and Gaza. Is this the trigger the stock market was waiting for? Unfolding geopolitical risks Higher oil prices follow sanctions and jet crash, with crude prices up $2 a barrel....

No stock shock as central bank holdings keep ballooning

July 17, 2014

For all the talk of central bankers hitting the brakes, their policies will keep inflating their balance sheets — sustaining support for global equities. As the Federal Reserve prepares to end its third round of bond-buying as soon as October,...

Iraq's instability spreads to the world's weaker currencies

June 24, 2014

The fighting in Iraq might not be hurting stocks, but it is putting pressure on some of the most fragile global currencies. This could be the tipping point that can no longer be ignored. The oil-price influence Gold's June rally is still not...

Deflation: We fear you not

June 17, 2014

Do you like low prices? Relish discovering a bargain online or hidden on a store's shelf? Do you celebrate better and cheaper electronic devices each passing year? Well, the world's most powerful central banks stand ready to prevent such a global...

World stock markets get nervous as Iraq melts down

June 16, 2014

Global equity markets teeter toward a downward run as Iraq continues to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists. The Fed's policy meeting later this week might also be a factor. U.S. markets poised to open lower A sobering outlook for Iraq....

Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles

June 12, 2014

Oil jumps to a three-month high as militants march on toward Bagdad. This can't be good. The insurgency is hitting financial markets and global currencies Hedge funds are taking issue with Obama's student loan plan. The President's latest executive...

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