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Stocks in Europe, Asia might be just getting started

April 28, 2015

The first quarter was generally lackluster for U.S. equity markets as measured by the major indexes. U.S. bonds and stocks returned little, as we watched the European Central Bank's quantitative easing (European-style) light up the returns there....

Retail brokers are shut out of the SEC's market reform efforts

April 27, 2015

Retail brokerages are shut out of the SEC's advisory committee for protecting retail investors. Say what? 'We were kind of shocked' It has been 15 years since the dot-com bubble, and it would be difficult to say we're not in another tech bubble....

Wirehouse advisers pile into euro-stock ETFs

April 24, 2015

A top investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said financial advisers piling into funds that access European stocks while muting currency swings could continue to profit from that trade for at least another year. Currency-hedged...

Bracing for the Greek exit

April 21, 2015

Now might be a good time to start bracing for a Greek default, aka Grexit. The probability has never been this high Solving China's gold stash riddle for fun and profit. The world's largest producer and second-largest consumer of the precious...

Northern Trust: Managers remain optimistic on U.S. economy

April 16, 2015

Money managers believe the U.S. economy will remain stable over the next six months, but fewer managers expect U.S. corporate earnings growth to accelerate than in the previous quarter, according to Northern Trust's quarterly investment manager...

Investors jump into European stocks hoping for another QE ride

April 7, 2015

The launch of the Eurozone's quantitative easing program has not been lost on investors who are now pouring money into the European equity markets, as measured by record inflows in March. TrimTabs Investment Research calculated a record $7.8...

Jobs report's bad news is bad news

April 3, 2015

The best part about Friday's complete stinker of a jobs report is that it came on Good Friday when the stock market was closed. With any luck, by the time the market re-opens on Monday, the report of a stunningly-low 126,000 jobs created in...

Job growth is the economy's only bright side, and it isn't very bright

March 30, 2015

The data show companies are hiring, but virtually everything else in the economy is falling. The math adds up because the jobs are mostly lousy and part-time. The bright side just isn't very bright What is probably keeping Janet Yellen up at...

The surging dollar could crush unhedged global mutual funds

March 24, 2015

As the U.S. dollar continues to surge against most global currencies, financial advisers face three basic paths for navigating the punishing effects on international investments: Ignore it, get out of international markets or get busy hedging....

The looming threat of an increasingly powerful dollar

March 23, 2015

The scary downside of a really strong U.S. dollar. This is the biggest threat since the 2008 financial crisis. Cheap oil and the strong dollar will be expose sector weakness in the S&P. Companies with more than half their sales in the U.S. will...

HSBC says the dollar's powerful days are numbered

March 20, 2015

British bank, HSBC, says the U.S. dollar's run of strength is about to lose steam. Of course, that could just be wishful thinking on their part. Staying too long at the party can lead to trouble. Female portfolio manager gets no respect in Pakistan,...

Foreign mutual funds look like a good way to dodge some U.S. market risk

March 19, 2015

With U.S. stocks now about as expensive as they were at the peak in 2008, foreign mutual funds might be a good place to hang out, or even hide out, for a while. ANJIX, LLINX, VTRIX Who will replace Jack Bogle when the 85-year-old founder of...

How Warren Buffett's $1 billion prize for a perfect NCAA bracket went bust

March 16, 2015

As busted NCAA brackets go, it doesn't get much nastier than last year's gimmick to pay $1 billion to anyone who correctly picked every game in the tourney. No contestants made it past the first round without at least one loss, and the contest...

Big banks are stressing over the Fed's stress tests

March 12, 2015

Stressing over the Fed's stress test. Two big failures in Europe, Citi makes the grade, while BofA is still cramming. The bar will keep rising for banks How the strongest dollar in a decade translates to consumer spending. Seven straight months...

DoubleLine's Jeffery Gundlach says 'blockhead' Fed should postpone raising rates

March 11, 2015

With the equity markets apparently running away from the surging U.S. dollar and global monetary policies pushing some bond yields into negative territory, DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach can't understand why the Federal Reserve Board...

Maxing out a 401(k) doesn't mean you can't keep saving for retirement

March 10, 2015

Where to invest after you've maxed out your 401(k). It's a good problem to have. Follow the rules How much steam is left for the U.S. dollar and the U.S. equity markets? It looks different from outside the U.S. Don't forget to hedge when investing...

Back to the future: The Japanification of Europe?

March 3, 2015

Mention Japan to an economist and she'll tell you about deflation, debt crises, demographic pressures and decades lost in economic stagnation. In fact, the ingredients of every policymaker's nightmare scenario and the situation Eurozone monetary...

Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red

March 3, 2015

The leading indicator of corporate earnings says stocks are getting scary expensive, and it might be time to follow the so-called smart money to the sidelines. A similar story across the blue chip universe Bill Gross, 70, says he's in no big...

Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

March 3, 2015

A top strategist at Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch unit is asking the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisers to consider an alternative asset to buoy sinking commodity returns: water. It may not be listed on the New York Mercantile...

When is a good time to convert to a Roth IRA?

March 2, 2015

When, if ever, is a good time to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth? It might make sense to convert even if you're already retired Two surface as likely successors to Warren Buffett. The 84-year-old CEO of Berkshire Hathaway can't go on forever,...

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