Todd is the Content Group Manager at Fisher Investments and MarketMinder's Managing Editor. He has been with the firm since 2006 and has about 15 years' industry experience.
British consumer confidence plunged post-Brexit, but you should approach these data skeptically.
Volatile swings like those that followed Thursday night’s Brexit vote aren’t a call to action. They are a call for reason.
In the heated debate over the UK's referendum on EU membership, the economic impact is commonly overstated.
Oil’s big drop since 2014 seems to have clouded investors’ view of the US economy.
Volatility can mess with your mind—always remember to focus on the big picture when things get rocky.
Analyzing media for you to add in crucial missing context.
Forecasting Fed moves is an exercise in futility, as two financial writers illustrated Thursday.
Holding a huge position in any individual stock is risky. Especially employer stock.
So-called fast-track Trade-Promotion Authority legislation hit the skids Friday, when the House rejected a related bill, hampering US involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Let’s reassess longstanding fears the dollar will lose its status as the world’s primary reserve currency.
Here is the history of market action pre- and post-initial rate hike, in a very messy line graph.
If Greece fears haven't derailed the bull market yet, the likelihood they do the enxt time they pop up is teensy.
It’s unlikely you’d see many headlines touting the fact US GDP growth has been above average in three of the last four quarters.
The number of passive investment products vastly exceeds the ranks of actually passive investors.
At what point do we reach the actually bearish all-time high?
The Federal budget deficit is way down, and deficit fears should be too.
Opportunity cost is money lost.
Index construction is getting bizarrely active.
In the long run, stocks are stocks—there is no permanently “better” stock. And yes, that includes high-dividend stocks.
We’re not out of the woods yet, and that’s bullish.
Markets have never been more democratic, for good and ill.
Your mind can play tricks on your portfolio—being aware of them early may be your best defense.
A misleading chart concluding a 1929-style crash looms has gone viral—a sign there is likely much more bull market to come.
A news story you may have missed provides valuable evidence to counter the popular narrative of 2008’s financial crisis.
Contrary to what many believe, risk has a much broader meaning than merely risk of loss.
Basic economics teaches that rational individuals respond to incentives. What if your advisor’s incentives are at odds with your interests?
The rule governing your advisor's actions is less important than the ethical compass that guides their actions.
Passive investing is fine in theory, but extremely difficult to apply in the real world.
Allowing Beltway rhetorical battles to drive investment decision making is a big risk to your financial future.
A quick reminder for Fed head nominee Janet Yellen: Simpler is often better.
Some presume the debt ceiling is a huge risk looming in the near future, but there is ample evidence suggesting these fears are detached from reality.
The government shutdown that began midnight Tuesday helps add clarity to the potential market impact of both recent budget squabbling and the debt ceiling.
James Rickards' Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis is ambitious but falls far short of adding material value for investors.
It’s a mistake to heavily weight hypothetical past returns when performing due diligence.
Historically, geopolitical tensions move stocks less than you might think.
Oddly, S&P’s defense against the Justice Department’s lawsuit seems to be their ratings amount to “puffery.”
If we extrapolate its growth forward, hyperbole is destined to crush common sense.
The common currency tends to be a convenient scapegoat for all that ails Greece, but this seemingly gets the Greek situation entirely backwards.
A decade after SarbOx became law, a look back seems apt.
As a source of export demand, the eurozone in aggregate is significant to the UK. But this total view doesn’t tell the full story.
We’re closing in on Thanksgiving, and political football over the deficit seems set to kickoff again.
Many suppose foreign trade reduces employment opportunities for American workers. But digging even slightly below the surface shows these theories lack factual support.
The Senate began its annual exercise debating US-China trade policy Monday.
When financial markets get rocky, many investors don’t need a new investment strategy. They need one for controlling their nerves.
Many Peak Oil theorists’ bleak view of human creativity and lack of understanding of modern science are fatal fallacies.
Fearing change is human, but change is what makes capitalism great.
Instead of planning for attention-grabbing hyperinflation, consider today's reality and what's more likely in store.
|A lot of ink has been spilled lately over deflation worries, but let's assess the past and present before considering it imminent.
|When does focusing on dividends really pay dividends?
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