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Twists and turns await anxious advisers as roller-coaster ride continues into 2019

January 5, 2019

The roller-coaster ride of 2018 has financial advisers bracing for uncertainty in the year ahead. Whether talking about the economy, the financial markets, Fed policy or asset allocation, the financial advisory space appears to be hunkering...

Wall Street could be facing fewer fines in 2019 as lone SEC Democrat leaves

December 19, 2018

For Wall Street banks and other companies accused of malfeasance, the risk of getting slapped with a big fine by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will soon drop significantly. That's because Kara Stein, the SEC's lone Democratic commissioner,...

Growing chasm between rich and poor divides country into two Americas

December 19, 2018

U.S. unemployment is near a 50-year low, economic growth is brisk and the stock market — despite a disappointing 2018 — has paid generous returns since the financial crisis of a decade ago. But not for everyone. The chasm between rich and...

Fed hikes are rare when stocks are this battered

December 18, 2018

Donald Trump's hectoring aside, it's exceedingly rare the Federal Reserve raises interest rates when stocks are behaving this badly. In fact, were policymakers to follow through with their widely expected hike Wednesday, it would be the first...

Outstanding U.S. student loan debt reaches record $1.47 trillion

December 17, 2018

U.S. student loan debt outstanding reached a record $1.465 trillion last month and one particular set of borrowers is having a hard time paying back their loans, according to a Bloomberg analysis of student loan securitization data. This debt...

Powell comment seen suggesting fewer Fed hikes

November 28, 2018

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said interest rates are "just below" a range of estimates of the so-called neutral level, softening previous comments that seemed to suggest a greater distance and spurring speculation that central bankers...

InvestmentNews turns 20: A young industry evolves, as does our coverage

November 10, 2018

The 20 years since InvestmentNews launched in 1998 have involved tremendous change in and around the financial advice industry. Here are 20 events that rocked advisers and their clients — many of which will continue to shape the profession...

America's student loan debt crisis is about to worsen

October 17, 2018

While Wall Street and President Donald J. Trump tout news of a booming stock market and low unemployment, college students may be quick to roll their eyes. The improved economy has yet to result in higher wages for graduates already struggling...

Americans have been saving much more than thought, new data show

July 27, 2018

Americans may not be such spendthrifts after all. U.S. households have been socking away a lot more money in recent years than had been earlier thought, revised government statistics released Friday showed. The savings rate over 2016 and 2017...

Trade war fueling bond rally

July 9, 2018

Treasury yields are slipping further away from the pivotal 3% level, and the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China has traders bracing for the world's biggest bond market to keep rallying. A four-week advance in 10-year notes, the...

2018 Midyear Update

July 1, 2018

In his 2018 Midyear Update, Commonwealth CIO Brad McMillan reviews how the economy and markets have fared in 2018, plus likely risks on the horizon. This content is made possible by Commonwealth Financial Network; it is not written by and does...

Advisers take a short-term view of trade skirmishes

June 29, 2018

Heading into a week that includes the July Fourth celebration, it would be easy to overlook or ignore the impact of a potential trade war between the United States and several global trading partners. But savvy financial advisers are paying...

Small caps are losing their immunity to trade jitters

June 27, 2018

A shelter from the storm is starting to sprout leaks. Bearish sentiment is growing on the Russell 2000 Index of small-cap stocks, a group that had seemed relatively immune to the trade-tariff saber-rattling that's recently cast a pall over the...

Concerns about trade war play out in ETF flows

June 20, 2018

Angst over tariff tit-for-tats played out in exchange-traded funds as companies in the cross hairs lost cash and those regarded as havens attracted inflows. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded fund (XLI) shed more than $406 million...

Small-cap stocks unfazed by trade tensions

June 19, 2018

Sometimes, you manage to get things half right, and that turns out to be all wrong. For example, you might be correct in assuming that the rope bridge is the best route across Casket Canyon. This would be wrong, however, if you overlooked an...

DoubleLine Capital's Gundlach says current debt expansion amid rising interest rates 'unprecedented'

June 13, 2018

The soaring U.S. budget deficit at a time interest rates are rising may be setting the stage for fiscal trouble, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital. "Here we are doing something that almost seems like...

Fed raises interest rates; signals 2 more hikes this year for total of 4

June 13, 2018

Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates for the second time this year and upgraded their forecast to four total increases in 2018, as unemployment falls and inflation overshoots their target faster than previously projected. The so-called...

Yield curve points to recession in about 22 months

June 7, 2018

Guggenheim Partners' Scott Minerd has his eye on the yield curve and says it's not looking good. "If you look at the historical path that we've been on, we are just around the point where we would be, let's say, maybe 22 months away from a recession,"...

Exactly how rich is 'rich'?

May 23, 2018

Just how rich is "rich?" The answer, of course, depends on who's asking—and these days, many are. In rich-tropolises such as New York and London, 1 percenters moan that living on $500,000 a year feels Dickensian. With a pot of $40 million—and...

Money managers parse the current state of the market, and how they advise their clients

May 9, 2018

Nothing -- from rising rates to blowout earnings -- has knocked the stock market out of its tight range over the past two months. Theories abound, but it's all a bit of a mystery. So we asked some of the sharpest money managers to explain just...

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