Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

13 Risks That Weren’t in 2013

By, 12/31/2013
Ratings1663.930723

A look back at all the widely feared bad things that didn’t happen this year.

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Douglas Epstein
Into Perspective

Demand’s Unsung Partner

By, 12/30/2013
Ratings504.63

Fears that stocks lack sufficient buyers to support prices ignore a potentially powerful offsetting factor: supply changes.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
MarketMinder Minute

MarketMinder Minute - Debunking the Great Rotation

By, 12/30/2013
Ratings1133.70354
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Investor Sentiment

The Return of the Retail Investor

By, 12/30/2013
Ratings404.4375

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Into Perspective

The Volcker Games

By, 12/27/2013
Ratings604.083333

The Volcker Rule’s first unintended consequence—over 275 community banks could take a roughly $600 million capital hit.

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Todd Bliman

The Many Faces of Risk, Retirement Edition

By, 12/26/2013
Ratings1673.889222

Contrary to what many believe, risk has a much broader meaning than merely risk of loss.

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Mary Holdener

Gut Check

By, 12/26/2013
Ratings724.131945

More often than not, investors’ “gut” feelings get in the way of their portfolio decisions. Here are some tricks to prevent investing indigestion.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

The Gift of Gridlock

By, 12/26/2013
Ratings264.403846

Your holiday gift from inside the Beltway is a lack of new laws.

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Elisabeth Dellinger

Don’t Be a Statistic

By, 12/24/2013
Ratings1284.132813

How to avoid the same mistakes that caused a member of Congress to get conned out of $18 million by his advisor.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

China Credit Crunch Redux?

By, 12/24/2013

Rising Chinese short-term rates have headlines warning of a credit crunch, but evidence suggests markets needn’t panic.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

It’s (Not) a Small World After All

By, 12/23/2013
Ratings334.19697

US Q3 GDP is a nice confirmation of growth, but global data matter most.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Fruitful Fundamentals

By, 12/20/2013
Ratings1024.009804

Earnings are growing, and forward-looking indicators suggest sales and profits should keep rising.

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Michael Hanson

Ditch Your Catalyst Thinking

By, 12/19/2013
Ratings684.397059

Investors of all kinds tend to believe “catalysts” are needed to move markets higher. Bull markets don’t need them, never have.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Taper On

By, 12/19/2013
Ratings334.075758

The small reduction in Fed bond buying is a step in the right direction, but likely not a big market mover.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Inflation

The Fed’s Deflated Logic

By, 12/18/2013
Ratings534.254717

Fed bond buying isn’t a solution for disinflation—it’s the cause.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Across the Atlantic

French Dip, Irish Cream

By, 12/17/2013
Ratings383.578947

While headlines focused on iffy data from France, good news from Ireland and throughout the eurozone flew under the radar.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Is Santa Coming to Town?

By, 12/16/2013
Ratings1393.593525

Does the Santa Claus Rally matter much for long-term investors?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Reality Check

Shinzo’s Stalemate

By, 12/13/2013
Ratings154.566667

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Budgetary Surprises

By, 12/12/2013
Ratings893.595506

Congress has seemingly reached a budget deal—but what does this mean for investors?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Into Perspective

Introducing the Volcker Rule

By, 12/11/2013
Ratings403.725

The long-awaited Volcker Rule has debuted with no big surprises.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Trade

We Are the World

By, 12/10/2013
Ratings234.043478

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Taper in December?

By, 12/09/2013
Ratings664.515152

Will November’s strong jobs report, a healthier economy and Congress’ potential budget compromise suffice for the Fed to start tapering in December?

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Emily Dunbar

Great French-Pectations

By, 12/09/2013
Ratings213.285714

Investors might not love French policy, but French stocks don’t seem to mind.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

No Devil in These Details

By, 12/06/2013
Ratings594.067797

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

MarketMinder Minute On Investing in Gold

By, 12/05/2013
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

The Faults of Municipal Default Fears

By, 12/05/2013
Ratings134.115385

Recent events in Detroit and Illinois have prompted jitters over municipal finances, but overall, state and local debt is in fine shape.

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Christopher Wong

I-P-O Doesn’t Spell E-Z M-O-N-E-Y

By, 12/05/2013
Ratings514.705883

Investors looking to hit the jackpot with an IPO may end up disappointed.  

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Todd Bliman
The Advisor's Corner

Incentives, Interests and Investors

By, 12/04/2013
Ratings424.345238

Basic economics teaches that rational individuals respond to incentives. What if your advisor’s incentives are at odds with your interests?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Pricking the Stock Market Bubble Debate

By, 12/04/2013
Ratings6872.951965

There’s been a lot of chatter about a stock market bubble—is investor concern warranted?    

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Mary Holdener

Q the End

By, 12/03/2013
Ratings424.476191

With each US economic data release come more predictions of when the Fed will taper QE. But will “when” matter for stocks, and why?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Risks

Wholesale Change?

By, 12/03/2013
Ratings324.015625

The skinny on Fed proposals to crack down on short-term money markets.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Doorbusters! Discounts! Ka-ching!

By, 12/02/2013
Ratings244.729167

What does the jump in Black Friday discounts and deals tell us about the retail sector?

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Elisabeth Dellinger
Reality Check

The Truth About Negative Deposit Rates

By, 11/29/2013
Ratings354.214286

The internet is awash with rumors banks might charge for deposits. What’s a customer to do? 

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Across the Atlantic

Berlusconi Out, German Government In

By, 11/29/2013
Ratings283.553571

Eurozone politics got a little clearer on Wednesday.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Mexico’s Quiet Reform

By, 11/27/2013
Ratings224.045455

While Mexico’s monopoly reforms hog the spotlight, an under-the-radar bank reform may provide a quicker, unexpected boost.    

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Personal Finance

No Inside Track

By, 11/26/2013
Ratings684.639706

Do CEOs’ inside trades provide investors helpful hints?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Alternative Investments

The Perils of Non-Traded REITs

By, 11/25/2013
Ratings1404.35

Before jumping into non-traded REITs, we’d suggest investors do their due diligence.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Across the Atlantic

The Eurozone’s Rolling Hills of Economic Improvement

By, 11/22/2013
Ratings303.733333

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

‘Tis the (Earnings) Season

By, 11/21/2013
Ratings534.226415

Earnings season is in full swing and a closer look at the most recent earnings report suggests the economy is, too.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Into Perspective

Vexed by the Volcker Rule?

By, 11/20/2013
Ratings463.641304

The Volcker Rule might soon see the light of day. What should investors expect?

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Elisabeth Dellinger
Into Perspective

The Misadventures of Bazooka Ben

By, 11/20/2013
Ratings174.676471

Are the world’s central banks running out of ammo?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Will Rising Rates Ding Demand?

By, 11/19/2013
Ratings643.960938

Will rising long-term interest rates choke the US economy?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Commie Capitalism

By, 11/18/2013
Ratings323.453125

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?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

An Uneven Clip is No Double Dip

By, 11/15/2013
Ratings344.176471

Folks fear the eurozone’s lackluster Q3 GDP growth suggests a double-dip recession, but LEI tells us otherwise.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Across the Atlantic

Growth Versus Guidance

By, 11/14/2013
Ratings313.967742

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.

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Todd Bliman
Personal Finance

The Compass

By, 11/14/2013
Ratings964.114583

The rule governing your advisor's actions is less important than the ethical compass that guides their actions.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Timing the Taper

By, 11/13/2013
Ratings1473.571429

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Bubblicious?

By, 11/12/2013
Ratings523.826923

Some fear markets getting too high, but bubble chatter is likely self-deflating.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

A Tale of Two Unemployment Surveys

By, 11/11/2013
Ratings393.294872

What can we make of October’s employment report?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

Gross Domestic Problem-Solving

By, 11/08/2013
Ratings713.964789

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Facts About Floating Rate Notes

By, 11/07/2013
Ratings262.884615

The Treasury announced it will soon be issuing a new note—what does this mean for investors?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Such Great Heights

By, 11/06/2013
Ratings2413.748963

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.

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Michael Hanson

Book Review: Financial Malthusians

By, 11/05/2013
Ratings603.433333

The end of growth is not upon us.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Momentum and Other Fake Market Forces

By, 11/05/2013
Ratings413.768293

When headlines predict big short-term moves, long-term investors should stay cool.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Deficits

Deficit Hype

By, 11/04/2013
Ratings394.371795

A broad lack of enthusiasm over the sharp drop in the US’s federal deficit suggests investors are as skeptical as ever.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Personal Finance

Trade-Offs of Target-Date Funds

By, 11/01/2013

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?

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Elisabeth Dellinger

The Tale of the Dollar’s Demise

By, 10/31/2013
Ratings1003.755

Has the dollar lost its status as the world’s reserve currency?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Taper Ghost Stories

By, 10/31/2013
Ratings204.375

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.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Selling Retail Short?

By, 10/30/2013
Ratings64.583333

What can we glean from the latest retail numbers? 

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Too Much Twitter Over IPOs?

By, 10/29/2013
Ratings334.272727

Is the recent spate of IPOs a sign of bubble trouble?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Across the Atlantic

Britain's Secret Stimulus

By, 10/28/2013
Ratings184.472222

The only QE left in Britain is Queen Elizabeth, and it seems their economy is better off for it.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Buffer Bluffing

By, 10/25/2013
Ratings264.423077

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?

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Todd Bliman
Reality Check

Passive Investors and Other Endangered Species

By, 10/25/2013
Ratings1353.396296

Passive investing is fine in theory, but extremely difficult to apply in the real world.

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Elisabeth Dellinger

Investing Lessons From the Crimean Trade War

By, 10/24/2013
Ratings1014.183168

The biggest market risks are those few people notice.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Spain Imports Growth

By, 10/24/2013
Ratings123.916667

Spain returned to growth in Q3. To us, this is just more evidence the global expansion continues.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

The Fed’s Unemployed Logic

By, 10/23/2013
Ratings384.31579

Those looking to September’s unemployment report for Fed clues are likely spinning their wheels.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Japan’s Quantitative Easy Button

By, 10/22/2013

Is Japan taking the easy way out with its uncompetitive economy?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Cycles

MarketMinder on All-Time Highs

By, 10/21/2013
Ratings993.606061
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

China’s Reacceleration

By, 10/21/2013
Ratings234.434783

Chinese GDP reaccelerated in Q3, providing more evidence of a faster-growing world economy.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Into Perspective

Data for Your Doldrums

By, 10/18/2013
Ratings774.383117

Reviewing global fundamentals suggests recent political pageantry’s main impact for investors is distracting them from ongoing growth.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

A (Non)Default-Fueled Downgrade

By, 10/17/2013
Ratings354.642857

The US is facing another potential credit downgrade despite an averted debt default, but that doesn’t mean much for investors.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Uncertain About the Costs of Uncertainty

By, 10/16/2013
Ratings133.269231

How do you measure that which is uncertain?    

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
MarketMinder Minute

MarketMinder Minute - Week of October 11, 2013

By, 10/16/2013
Elisabeth Dellinger

Brewing Yet Another Debt Ceiling Debate

By, 10/15/2013
Ratings164.28125

Is the debt ceiling a global economic issue?

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Todd Bliman

Are Politicians Holding Your Financial Future Hostage?

By, 10/15/2013

Allowing Beltway rhetorical battles to drive investment decision making is a big risk to your financial future.       

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Tick Tick Boom?

By, 10/15/2013
Ratings534.462264

Don’t sweat Congress’s latest shenanigans—we still won’t default.

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