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?
The internet is awash with rumors banks might charge for deposits. What’s a customer to do?
Eurozone politics got a little clearer on Wednesday.
While Mexico’s monopoly reforms hog the spotlight, an under-the-radar bank reform may provide a quicker, unexpected boost.
Do CEOs’ inside trades provide investors helpful hints?
Before jumping into non-traded REITs, we’d suggest investors do their due diligence.
Watching eurozone economic data and news—with all its ups and downs—may leave investors feeling motion-sick. We suggest focusing on the broader picture instead of the peaks and valleys.
Earnings season is in full swing and a closer look at the most recent earnings report suggests the economy is, too.
The Volcker Rule might soon see the light of day. What should investors expect?
Are the world’s central banks running out of ammo?
Will rising long-term interest rates choke the US economy?
China’s highly anticipated Third Plenum ended last week, and reform details are finally out. But are they more likely tail- or headwinds for stocks?
Folks fear the eurozone’s lackluster Q3 GDP growth suggests a double-dip recession, but LEI tells us otherwise.
The UK LEI’s 1.5% rise in September is just the latest evidence the end of quantitative easing is good for growth—likely to the surprise of most investors.
The rule governing your advisor's actions is less important than the ethical compass that guides their actions.
Many folks are bemoaning what the arrival of the taper means for markets, unaware that we already have a sneak preview of what the impact is like.
Some fear markets getting too high, but bubble chatter is likely self-deflating.
What can we make of October’s employment report?
Good GDP growth is bad news—at least as most see it these days. But we found more positives than problems in Q3’s report.
The Treasury announced it will soon be issuing a new note—what does this mean for investors?
Don’t be scared stocks are hitting all-time high marks—a fear of heights may lead to investors missing out on the bull market’s upside.
The end of growth is not upon us.
When headlines predict big short-term moves, long-term investors should stay cool.
A broad lack of enthusiasm over the sharp drop in the US’s federal deficit suggests investors are as skeptical as ever.
Investors should consider much more than their retirement date when creating an investment plan—so why are funds solely focusing on just that so popular?
Has the dollar lost its status as the world’s reserve currency?
Investors’ reaction to the Fed’s decision not to taper suggests widespread belief the economy is weak—more evidence sentiment is still stuck in skepticism.
What can we glean from the latest retail numbers?
Is the recent spate of IPOs a sign of bubble trouble?
The only QE left in Britain is Queen Elizabeth, and it seems their economy is better off for it.
The Federal Reserve announced rules for higher liquid capital ratios at the US’s biggest, most influential banks—what are the chances banks become safer?
Passive investing is fine in theory, but extremely difficult to apply in the real world.
The biggest market risks are those few people notice.
Spain returned to growth in Q3. To us, this is just more evidence the global expansion continues.
Those looking to September’s unemployment report for Fed clues are likely spinning their wheels.
Is Japan taking the easy way out with its uncompetitive economy?
Chinese GDP reaccelerated in Q3, providing more evidence of a faster-growing world economy.
Reviewing global fundamentals suggests recent political pageantry’s main impact for investors is distracting them from ongoing growth.
The US is facing another potential credit downgrade despite an averted debt default, but that doesn’t mean much for investors.
How do you measure that which is uncertain?
Is the debt ceiling a global economic issue?
Allowing Beltway rhetorical battles to drive investment decision making is a big risk to your financial future.
Don’t sweat Congress’s latest shenanigans—we still won’t default.
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