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Japan's stock market rally has investors suddenly looking eastward

July 14, 2016

The sudden rally in Japan has some citing a turnaround, riding on the wave of Abenomics. Expanded stimulus program coming. The controversial use of stock-buyback plans is at least partially responsible for the stock market rally. The repurchasing...

Bond market is signaling it's time to sell stocks

July 5, 2016

The direction of bond yields does not bode well for the equity markets. This looks like a dangerous disconnect. All the reasons you need to stay bullish on the U.S. economy. Home to the world's top brands. Making the case for not abandoning...

Trouble ahead? Stock and bond markets sending divergent signals

July 5, 2016

The bond market is screaming “halt,” while the stock market is scratching its head wondering what all the fuss is about. For financial advisers, the challenge will be to figure out whether it makes more sense to trust the bond market's signals...

The markets brace for Puerto Rico's default

June 30, 2016

The markets are bracing for the next shoe to drop in the form of a default by Puerto Rico. The plan to default on $1 billion worth of general obligation bonds. With GE Capital now off the list of financial institutions the government considers...

Unlike other active funds, First Eagle's fund champions its passion for cash

June 29, 2016

Financial advisers are often critical of mutual funds with large cash positions, based on the argument that investors don't want to pay an active-management fee for idle cash. The flipside, however, is that in times of sudden market pullbacks...

Stocks rebound from the Brexit vote in a show of resilience that should be alarming

June 29, 2016

What does it say about the U.S. equity markets when stocks react so violently to a Brexit vote that had a 50/50 chance of happening, and then just puff right back up again three trading days later? No offense to dead cats, but this is not a...

Brexit vote whipsaws markets, tests financial advisers' resolve

June 24, 2016

The global stock market selloff Friday following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union proved that the financial markets largely believed Britain was going to vote for the status quo. While many financial advisers and market...

Financial Twitter reacts to Brexit vote

June 24, 2016

News that Great Britain's voters decided to leave the European Union by a majority of 52% sent shock waves around the world Friday. The financial community, including advisers, took to Twitter to share their reactions, predictions and advice....

Financial advisers reach out to clients as stocks plunge in Brexit wake

June 24, 2016

Financial advisers pressed the 'keep calm and carry on' message to clients Friday as the global markets reacted wildly to the United Kingdom's surprising vote to leave the European Union after 43 years. “We are explaining to clients that we...

The high risks facing a low-yield world

June 23, 2016

The low-yield world has turned what used to be the most conservative investments into the riskiest part of a portfolio. There is now $10 trillion worth of government debt 'paying' negative yields. What are investors actually getting from those...

Wall Street's fear index rises as global markets face unrest

June 14, 2016

The CBOE Market Volatility Index, dubbed Wall Street's fear index, climbs above a symbolic threshold. Above the 20-level as the Brexit vote approaches. About that Brexit vote. Unsurprisingly, expert opinions remain very split on what the vote...

Franklin Templeton's Hasenstab kicks off Morningstar with nod to emerging markets

June 14, 2016

The beat-down suffered broadly across the emerging markets over the past few years has left some value in its wake, according to Michael Hasenstab, manager of the $48 billion Templeton Global Bond Fund (TPINX). Investors would be wise to proceed...

Bill Gross highlights the dirty downside of negative interest rates

June 13, 2016

Bill Gross lays out the explosive implications of negative interest rates. Just because it feels good doesn't mean it's a good thing. The lowest yields in 500 years of recorded history. Investors are increasingly taking the quiet, calm path...

A tale of two Chinas: one old, one new

June 5, 2016

To the casual observer, headlines about China over the past year suggest doom and gloom. Those who take a deeper look, however, will find a divergent storyline comes to light: China's economy is moving in two different directions. Earnings releases...

How a Brexit will hit U.S. stocks

June 2, 2016

If the U.K. pulls the trigger on its departure from the European Union, the fallout could hit certain U.S. stocks that you might already own, or maybe should own. Stay nimble. A couple dozen stateside companies with substantial sales in Britain...

Keep your eye on the Puerto Rico bond saga

May 8, 2016

Puerto Rico's debt default should be a lesson for investors and their advisers: Even apparently low-risk investments, such as municipal bond mutual funds, must be monitored regularly. And the default shows once again that high returns probably...

George Soros can't stop hating on the Chinese economy

April 25, 2016

George Soros digs in on his call for a hard landing for China. The push back follows a line of thinking about the Chinese economy being different. We're talking about a country that is very good at denying or ignoring the obvious. Never underestimate...

Horizon Investments' Greg Valliere bemoans election tone, economic growth

April 19, 2016

As election years go, Greg Valliere, chief global strategist for Horizon Investments, called the current one the “nastiest” and “most unserious” he has ever seen. “I've never seen anything like this in my life,” he said Monday in...

Post-DOL fiduciary rule, Wall Street gives the nod to low-cost fund companies

April 12, 2016

As mutual fund companies continue to ponder the effects of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, Wall Street is weighing in as well. The early results aren't favoring broker-sold fund companies. Even though there have only been four full...

Strong March performance pushes stock funds positive for first quarter

April 1, 2016

If your clients are complaining about their bond positions, this would be a good time to remind them about why they own fixed income. Even though stock funds scored big gains in March, they're still trailing bonds for 2016 — and the past 12...

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