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SEC affirms its authority over proxy advisory firms that CEOs hate

August 21, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission took an initial step Wednesday to lay out legal limitations for a powerful industry that's known for questioning companies' decisions on executive pay and business strategy. At a meeting in Washington,...

Countdown to catastrophe? The yield curve and the stock market

August 14, 2019

A key portion of the U.S. Treasury yield curve has inverted, an ominous sign for the economy and the stock market. But what investors should do about it is a complicated question. Looking at 10 times when the spread between two- and 10-year...

Winner-take-all phenomenon rules stock market, too

July 29, 2019

The winner-take-all phenomenon is well-documented among sports stars, pop singers, fiction authors, actors and hedge-fund managers — those at the top reap fabulous rewards while everyone else scrapes to get by. It turns out the same holds...

Markets plunge as trade war escalates

August 5, 2019

Financial markets buckled after China escalated the trade war with the U.S., sending American stocks careening toward the biggest drop of the year and sparking a rally in global bonds. More than $700 billion were wiped from the value of U.S....

How are low-volatility funds weathering the market turmoil?

August 6, 2019

The jarring start to August for stocks has presented an ideal test for increasingly popular factor-based investing strategies that are designed to help advisers customize client portfolios. A random sampling of exchange traded funds that target...

Is a recession coming? Yield curve signals loudest warning since 2007

August 5, 2019

The latest eruption in the U.S.-China trade dispute pushed a widely watched Treasury-market recession indicator to the highest alert since 2007. Rates on 10-year notes sank to 1.714% on Monday, completely erasing the surge that followed President...

Goldman Sachs says stocks near peak

July 22, 2019

The S&P 500 Index is now trading near its fair value, with limited further upside after its 19% climb so far this year, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. "The path forward for index ROE is likely to be challenging, although lower interest...

ETF trading spikes to 2019 highs as Trump, Fed rattle stocks

August 2, 2019

The renewed bout of equity volatility sent exchange-traded fund volumes through the roof this week. More than 142 million shares of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) changed hands Thursday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That was the...

Reading the Signs of the Global Financial Crisis

July 16, 2019

On Friday, September 12, 2008, the storied investment banking firm Lehman Brothers enjoyed an “A” credit rating from a prominent agency. On Monday, September 15, the firm filed for bankruptcy protection. More than a decade later, investors...

Stock investors make $6 billion bet on S&P 500 ETFs

July 16, 2019

With U.S. stocks at record highs, investors are betting that the party will continue. The three largest exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index took in a combined $6.2 billion last week, just as the benchmark topped 3,000 for the...

Is volatility coming?

April 2, 2019

Volatility, like the long-term winter in Game of Thrones, is coming. It won't be as bad as the Long Night that covered Westeros with a terrible darkness for generations. However, the current market rally likely will be upended by episodic, Red...

Startup offers financing for employee stock purchase plans

April 25, 2019

Aaron Shapiro's quest to rethink employee stock purchase plans began with a startling insight: If only his mother had participated in one, she'd be a millionaire today. A few years ago, she asked her son for financial advice and mentioned her...

Big data: seeing investments in an entirely new way

March 22, 2019

Across American society, big data is shining a brilliant light on previously obscure relationships. Marketers use people's web searches and purchase histories to offer up their most irresistible offers. Political campaigns transform ages, education...

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...

Seeking small-cap value in a momentum-driven market

September 18, 2018

Investment dollars have flooded into U.S. small-cap stocks this year, bolstering both the Russell 2000 Value and Growth indices. This is largely due to investor demand for exposure to the U.S. equity market, favorable tax policies and a perceived...

Markets tumble as trade war escalates

May 13, 2019

U.S. stocks and commodities tumbled Monday after China retaliated with higher tariffs on a range of American goods. Meanwhile, Treasurys jumped as investors fled to safe havens. The S&P 500 headed for the biggest slide in four months and the...

With money on their minds, Generation Z is ready to invest

July 25, 2018

While most members of Generation Z are still only teenagers, it's not too early for this young generation to start thinking about the stock market. Known for their frugality and tendency to stockpile cash for the future, the members of Generation...

Outlook for growth stocks debated

March 12, 2019

The economy is showing signs of stress. Do you buy or sell U.S. growth stocks? That depends on which gigantic investment bank you ask. Both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley cite an anemic economy, but they are building opposite cases for companies...

Inflation is a bigger threat to stocks than rates

February 22, 2018

Investors tend to attach narratives after events like the recent bout of market volatility as a way to provide comfort in the face of market uncertainty and losses. Although there could be any number of causes for the downturn, recent data on...

Wealthy US investors sitting on cash despite optimism in economy

May 7, 2019

A majority of wealthy American investors are optimistic about U.S. stocks, but are still sitting on piles of cash, according to a UBS Group survey. A sunny outlook reigned among 57% of the survey's U.S. respondents. The survey, conducted in...

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