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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...

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...

Investors shovel $4 billion into U.S. stock ETFs

October 25, 2018

As U.S. equities erased gains for the year, passive investors bought the dip. On Wednesday, around $4 billion flowed into the two largest exchange-traded funds tracking the S&P 500 Index — State Street's SPY and BlackRock's IVV. That's the...

The market doesn't care about positive earnings

October 24, 2018

A quarter of the way through earnings season, the raw numbers look strong. The market doesn't care. You can see the apathy in the S&P 500, which fell 3.1%Wednesday, extending its October rout to 8.8%, making it the worst month since February...

Stock market pullback brings out the buyers

October 24, 2018

While some investors and market watchers are interpreting the latest stock market volatility as a call for caution, others see it as a rare opportunity to buy low. "I probably carry more cash than I should in client accounts, but I do it for...

Is the endowment model relevant for individual investors?

October 22, 2018

The endowment style of investing, developed by David Swenson at Yale University in the mid-1980s, has gained increased attention over the past several decades as more investors seek to emulate part or all of the more diversified strategy. Yet...

Small-cap funds take a beating

October 16, 2018

Small-cap companies and funds have been buoyed for much of this year by the view that smaller, domestically focused companies were safe from the negative consequences of a trade war. But last week, as the stock market focused on rising interest...

ETF investors are rewriting the rules on hedging risk

October 16, 2018

Investors are coming up with new ways to hedge credit risk as interest rates rise and the Federal Reserve appears to be on course for further tightening, with minutes from its last meeting scheduled to be released Wednesday. Amid a steep run-up...

Investors increasingly bearish on global growth

October 16, 2018

Pessimism on the global economy is piling up amid rising trade tensions and expectations the U.S. central bank will carry on tightening despite the tumult in equity markets. Fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch this month...

Earnings fail to rescue equity bulls

October 15, 2018

Equity bulls counting on strong earnings to arrest the steep decline in U.S. stocks have something to worry about: These days, nothing has been good enough to please financial markets. "Early in the season, any news is bad news," writes Christopher...

How to survive the crash

October 15, 2018

Let's prepare for The Inevitable. One of the quirks of human nature is that upbeat investment books offering strategies to make money are routinely outsold by doomsday titles like "How to Survive the Coming Stock Market Crash." For most people,...

How markets will likely react to a change in congressional power

October 13, 2018

With the midterm elections approaching, financial markets have already priced in a scenario in which Republicans cough up enough seats to lose their majority in the House of Representatives but maintain a majority in the Senate. "In a divided...

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