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Investors flee biggest financials ETF at fastest pace since 2008

December 19, 2018

As fears about future economic growth roil markets, financial firms are falling out of vogue with ETF investors at a pace unseen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The $24 billion Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) had $1.8 billion...

Financial advisers put market volatility in perspective for clients

December 19, 2018

No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus rally this year, and that has advisers scrambling to calm clients as the financial markets head toward the worst December in 50 years. With the U.S. stock market having dropped into correction territory,...

Investors pour record cash into value ETF

December 19, 2018

The great rotation to value continues. Whether it can last is another question. The $38 billion iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD) took in around $1.1 billion last week, the third most since the fund started trading in May 2000. And its previous...

Nothing is working for bulls as stocks sell off

December 18, 2018

Valuations aren't stopping it. Jerome Powell's softer tone failed to soothe anyone. The moratorium on tariffs is a fading memory and now the sturdiest chart level of the year is in danger of giving way. A stock rout that bulls thought was finished...

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...

With stock market in a correction, is a recession just ahead?

December 14, 2018

Prices bounce around, emotion obscures logic, signals appear and vanish. The reasons for treating equities as a poor barometer for the economy are many. Right now, that might be for the best. Pools of gloom await anyone looking for a message...

Alternative strategies prove their worth as stocks turn bearish

December 7, 2018

As stock market volatility returns in earnest, investors who have waited patiently in alternative investments are starting to reap some of the benefits. Though liquid alternative mutual fund categories have generally been out of favor against...

Bonds are pulling portfolios into negative territory, not stocks

December 5, 2018

The stock market's 3% drop Tuesday provides the latest proof that volatility is back. But the recent gyrations in major stock market indexes doesn't tell the full story of what's happening inside client portfolios. While marquee benchmarks like...

Dow plunges nearly 800 points: Here are nine reasons why

December 4, 2018

There was no single headline, no one trigger that sent U.S. stocks into a free-fall Tuesday afternoon. Instead, the rout that lopped 800 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average (799.36 points to be exact) had no shortage of explanations...

Are stocks ready for a rally?

December 3, 2018

The easing of U.S.-China trade tensions might not be as unabashedly bullish as investors had expected. When the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday was unable to sustain a 400-plus gain on news of the weekend agreement to delay a planned...

Fear dictates ETF flows

November 30, 2018

From stocks to bonds to factor funds, safety was the name of the game for ETF investors in November. In a month dominated by midterm elections, trade tussles, Federal Reserve talk and concerns about slower growth, the message was clear: Steer...

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...

Market volatility pushes more RIA owners to negotiating table

November 27, 2018

The choppy financial markets might be rattling investors, but for savvy owners of advisory firms the scenario is playing out perfectly because it's driving merger and acquisition activity. Those paying close attention are not surprised that...

Value and growth ETFs stage tug of war

November 26, 2018

In the battle of investing styles, growth and value are on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. But with traders taking both sides of the bet using BlackRock ETFs, the question is who will turn out to be right. Two of the largest exchange-traded...

Worst day of an awful year leaves no part of market unscathed

November 20, 2018

One of the financial markets' toughest years in half a century got appreciably worse Tuesday, with simmering weakness across assets boiling over to leave investors with virtually nowhere to hide. Stocks buckled for a second day, sending the...

Nasdaq rout reflects rising concerns that tech stocks have peaked

November 20, 2018

There are two companies in the history of American business that have been worth a trillion dollars. First came Apple Inc., which crossed into thirteen-figure territory on Aug. 2. It stayed there for exactly three months, before closing the...

Tech sell-off becomes the roughest since 2011

November 12, 2018

Another beating in tech shares has thrust the correction that began last month into a league of its own versus past sell-offs. The numbers are getting ugly. A gauge of 30-day turbulence in the Nasdaq 100 has tripled in five weeks, pushing it...

Don't bet on a post-midterm market rally

November 6, 2018

After the U.S. midterm elections, campaign rallies will take a welcome hiatus. Rallies in risk assets could also be harder to come by. Investors warn that the widely expected outcome of a divided Congress may not be fully baked in to asset prices....

Faced with market rough patch, stock pickers fail to shine

November 2, 2018

Stock pickers have been promising for years that once the equity market hit a rough patch, they would have a chance to prove their worth. Maybe not. Stocks had their worst month in seven years in October and less than half, or 42%, of actively...

Investors jump into ETFs that took a beating in the latest sell-off

October 29, 2018

Investors in exchange-traded funds are buying the dip. Cash is pouring into ETFs tracking areas of the market that have been pummeled in the October sell-off, like small-cap stocks and semiconductor manufacturers. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF...

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