A look back at all the widely feared bad things that didn’t happen this year.
Fears that stocks lack sufficient buyers to support prices ignore a potentially powerful offsetting factor: supply changes.
It seems the average investor’s appreciation of stocks might be picking up these days—in response, the media’s claiming both doom and boom for markets ahead.
The Volcker Rule’s first unintended consequence—over 275 community banks could take a roughly $600 million capital hit.
Contrary to what many believe, risk has a much broader meaning than merely risk of loss.
More often than not, investors’ “gut” feelings get in the way of their portfolio decisions. Here are some tricks to prevent investing indigestion.
Your holiday gift from inside the Beltway is a lack of new laws.
How to avoid the same mistakes that caused a member of Congress to get conned out of $18 million by his advisor.
Rising Chinese short-term rates have headlines warning of a credit crunch, but evidence suggests markets needn’t panic.
US Q3 GDP is a nice confirmation of growth, but global data matter most.
Earnings are growing, and forward-looking indicators suggest sales and profits should keep rising.
Investors of all kinds tend to believe “catalysts” are needed to move markets higher. Bull markets don’t need them, never have.
The small reduction in Fed bond buying is a step in the right direction, but likely not a big market mover.
Fed bond buying isn’t a solution for disinflation—it’s the cause.
While headlines focused on iffy data from France, good news from Ireland and throughout the eurozone flew under the radar.
Does the Santa Claus Rally matter much for long-term investors?
On the anniversary of his election, reviewing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s progress thus far might prove insightful for Japanese reform in the near future.
Congress has seemingly reached a budget deal—but what does this mean for investors?
The long-awaited Volcker Rule has debuted with no big surprises.
In Bali, 159 countries reached a global agreement seeking freer trade. A noble objective, but such broad agreements are generally less workable and effective than narrower, more specific and actionable deals.
Will November’s strong jobs report, a healthier economy and Congress’ potential budget compromise suffice for the Fed to start tapering in December?
Investors might not love French policy, but French stocks don’t seem to mind.
US GDP was revised up strongly. But the beat didn’t satisfy dour investors—who tried looking under the hood for something to fret about.
Recent events in Detroit and Illinois have prompted jitters over municipal finances, but overall, state and local debt is in fine shape.
Investors looking to hit the jackpot with an IPO may end up disappointed.
Basic economics teaches that rational individuals respond to incentives. What if your advisor’s incentives are at odds with your interests?
There’s been a lot of chatter about a stock market bubble—is investor concern warranted?
With each US economic data release come more predictions of when the Fed will taper QE. But will “when” matter for stocks, and why?
The skinny on Fed proposals to crack down on short-term money markets.
What does the jump in Black Friday discounts and deals tell us about the retail sector?
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