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Finding safe yields above 5%

August 8, 2016

There are still places to find safe yield above 5%. Truth is stranger than fiction. Take it from these fixed-income and dividend-stock pros. The crushing effects of low oil prices. Oil below $40 is hurting businesses from hotels to retailers....

Reading between the lines of Friday's jobs report

August 5, 2016

Depending on how much stock can be placed in any jobs report that fails to include all those people who have given up looking for work in this lackluster economic recovery, Friday's employment data might make you happy. July payrolls expected...

The Fed might have to give money directly to consumers

August 4, 2016

After realizing that cutting interest rates to zero and then experimenting with multi-trillion-dollar quantitative easing programs don't work, the Fed might next try just putting money in consumers' hands. It's worth a shot, according to the...

Bond-fund correlations increase interest-rate risk

August 4, 2016

If the direction of asset flows out of stock funds and into bond funds this year is any kind of guide, investors are seeking shelter and yield in fixed income. But they could be getting neither. Through the end of June, U.S. equity mutual funds...

Hillary Clinton's economic proposals trump Donald Trump's: Moody's

August 2, 2016

In a comparison of the economic policies proposed so far by presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Moody's Analytics has given the nod to the former Secretary of State. “Evident from her proposals is the belief that the...

Deutsche Bank says fiscal stimulus can't save us

July 29, 2016

Deutsche Bank says fiscal stimulus is not helping and will not save us. Look no further than Japan and Europe for real-life examples of failed policies. In need of a new direction for fiscal policy. Gold investors hunker down on the reality...

The Fed sits on its hands

July 28, 2016

The Fed kicks the can further down the road, but keeps the crowd interested by teasing about a September rate hike. Pro tip: Don't hold your breath. The market remains skeptical of the Fed. Okay, so maybe buying low isn't all the important....

Bond investors should be sweating a looming Treasury glut

July 26, 2016

Brace yourself for the next big Treasury sale as deficits swell. Net issuance seen rising. Time to take a closer look at the real costs of socially responsible investing. Some controversial issues can be financially more attractive than others....

Don't lump all younger high-net-worth clients together

July 19, 2016

It's not wise for advisers to lump all high-net-worth individuals under age 50 into one group, according to a new survey. Advisers should recognize and capitalize on the different needs and priorities of Gen X versus millennials. A report released...

Building bond ladders for a low-interest-rate world

July 18, 2016

The bond ladder, once considered the bedrock of safe and predictable retirement income, has become a tougher sell for some advisers in this era of rock-bottom bond yields. While bond-ladder purists still believe a portfolio of bonds set to mature...

DOL fiduciary rule gets it half right on the municipal bond market

July 7, 2016

While some modifications have been made, municipal-bond investors are still left in a potentially tight spot with regard to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. To its credit, the DOL seems to be listening to feedback with an open mind,...

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...

Brexit forces a dovish Fed into cowering mode

June 28, 2016

A Fed rate hike this summer? No, no. You've got it all wrong. The Fed is now sheepishly tilting toward a rate cut. The July outlook is now for 0.25% cut. The big bets being made to hedge the Brexit and bank on the looming fallout. The potential...

If all else fails, blame the sluggish economy on demographics

June 24, 2016

You know you're out of logical options when somebody claims that demographics is the reason stocks are yielding more than bonds. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with a dismal economic recovery loaded with stimulus and all manner of...

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...

Allianz's El-Erian says the Fed is putting the U.S. economy at risk

June 17, 2016

The critics of the Fed's monetary policy are getting louder. Meanwhile, the Fed continues to march to the beat of its own drummer. Mohamed El-Erian calls out the Fed's clueless strategy. The housing-market bottom line: Rents are likely to keep...

AQR's Asness, Research Affiliates' Arnott agree that a little market timing is okay

June 14, 2016

What was billed as a kind of battle royal between Cliff Asness of AQR and Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates to kickoff day two of the Morningstar conference in Chicago, somehow evolved into a wonky deep dive into how much research each had written...

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...

Today's jobs report might disappoint, but it won't likely move the Fed

June 3, 2016

There are plenty of reasons why Friday's jobs report might be a letdown for the markets. Don't sweat it too much because these aren't the only numbers the Fed is watching. Probably the worst way to buy a closed-end fund is through the IPO, but...

Don't let the fickle Fed hamstring your bond portfolio

May 26, 2016

There are ways to protect your bond holdings from the whims of the Federal Reserve. Think stocks instead of bonds, and invest in other parts of the world. Venture capital investors poured in a record $63 billion last year. Where did it all go?...

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