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  1. Four Ways Boomers Benefit from Rising Rates

    Here are four ways that Baby Boomers can take advantage of rising interest rates.
  2. Chart of the Week: Reasons to Like Emerging Markets

    Risks to EM assets have increased since the U.S. election. Yet we see positives outweighing the risks and supporting a selective ...
  3. 5 Retirement Planning Mistakes That Lead to Failure

    There are far too many variables involved in retirement planning to just wing it.
  4. Navigating the Trump Dollar Rally

    We explain the importance of why—and where—the U.S. dollar is rallying.
  5. What We Talk About when We Talk About TIPS

    We explain why investors should look at Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) and TIPS ETFs now, and what the differences ...
  6. 4 Reasons Why Irrational Exuberance Lasts

    20 years ago, Alan Greenspan gave his famous "irrational exuberance" speech, but asset bubbles take a long time to pop.
  7. Why the Small Cap Rally May Fizzle

    We describe what has driven the small cap rally, and explain why its days may be numbered.
  8. Where is Risk Appetite Going?

    Risk appetite is relatively subdued, but we see potential for a recovery.
  9. How China Makes Money (BABA, PFE)

    China has the first or second largest GDP in the world but is not nearly as developed as others in the top 10.
  10. Why Bonds Collapse and What You Can Do About It

    Here's why bonds recently crashed and what investors who invest in them can do about it.
  11. The Impact Of Ending The US Embargo On Cuba

    Many argue that ending the US embargo on Cuba will not only make US consumers happy, but also help the US economy and bring ...
  12. CPI, Beige Book and Other Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should ...

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  13. Chart of the Week: Gauging Europe’s Political Risks

    We see a low risk of Europe’s populist parties winning power near term but expect them to stay on the political radar screen. ...
  14. Yes, the Bond Selloff can Continue

    We explain why the post-election selloff in bonds may be a longer-term, not temporary, phenomenon.
  15. Black Friday Sales Figures: Fact and Fiction

    Retailers are eager to cash in on the all-important holiday shopping season. But what exactly should investors make of the ...
  16. How India Makes Money

    India currently has the ninth largest nominal GDP (and third largest in PPP) in the world.
  17. The Investopedia Anxiety Index

    The Investopedia Anxiety Index (IAI) is a gauge of investor sentiment based on the behavior of 20 million Investopedia readers ...
  18. Shopping for a Mortgage? Use This Tool First

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgage rates for 2016 can all be done online.
  19. Some Like it Hot (The Economy, That is)

    We look at past market reactions as the Federal Reserve contemplates higher interest rates, and what the yield curve may ...
  20. What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Bond Markets Long Term

    Bonds sold off after Donald Trump's surprise election win. What could the election results mean for bond markets over the ...
  21. HUD vs. FHA Loans: What’s the Difference?

    Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably to refer to "government loans" for would-be home buyers. But here's the distinction.
  22. How to Pick the Right Lender When Refinancing a Mortgage

    Refinancing your mortgage has never been easier with the range of lenders and access to information that are available to ...
  23. One Sign the Labor Market has Recovered

    We talk about the improving wage growth and a tight jobs market having a possible impact on the Federal Reserve's rate hike ...
  24. Which Gold ETF is Best? (GLD, IAU)

    The pros and cons of two of the most popular Gold ETFs: SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  25. Investing in an Age of Low Interest Rates

    These are the effects of low interest rates and Treasury yields on your investments and financial future.
  26. Chart of the Week: Trump’s Win Reinforces a New Market Regime

    We see Donald Trump’s surprise win reinforcing the reflationary theme that has shaped global markets in recent months. We ...
  27. Welcome to the New World of Reflation

    In the post-election markets, investors are preparing for the potential for higher growth—and inflation. Learn about the ...
  28. With Trump, Bond Bubble Is Out, Inflation Is In

    Trump promises to end an era of free trade and central bank hegemony.
  29. What the Election Outcome Could Mean for Markets and Policy

    The BlackRock Investment Institute shares the implications of Donald Trump’s unexpected election win.
  30. Why the Gold Rally can Continue

    Gold has rallied recently with the return of political uncertainty. But we point to another factor that suggests the gains ...
  31. Chart of the Week: Taking Stock of Income Stocks

    We see rising interest rates ahead, but this headwind for income equities doesn’t weaken the case for all dividend-paying ...
  32. The Dangers in Extreme Income Investing

    Investors seeking income have taken to the extremes: reaching to the riskiest corners for yield while also piling up cash. ...
  33. Why Financial Advisors Love (and Hate) Donald Trump

    Based on personality, tax and economic policies, financial advisors are understandably split on Donald Trump. Here's what ...
  34. Hillary Clinton Promises Free College and Higher Wages

    With income inequality on the rise, Hillary Clinton is running on raising the minimum wage, raising middle class wages, and ...
  35. Checking the Couch Cushions for Income

    Matt breaks down the yield spectrum and the corresponding risks, and suggests ways to build income in today’s low yield environment.
  36. Are International Markets Back?

    International stocks have started to outperform U.S. stocks. We explain what's behind the comeback and why it may continue.
  37. Chart of the Week: Emerging Asia at a Turning Point

    Emerging Asia has faced pervasive headwinds in recent years, but we believe the region is at a turning point. We explain ...
  38. Some Good News About U.S. Sovereign Debt

    In our latest BlackRock Sovereign Risk Index rankings, Richard Turnill points out that the U.S. has improved and names some ...
  39. Three Reasons to Like Emerging Markets Despite Election Noise

    Based on the rhetoric from this election, protectionism is arguably on the rise. While that can harm emerging markets, learn ...
  40. Here’s a Tip: Look to TIPS As a Fixed Income Alternative

    We discuss why investors should consider using TIPS in place of Treasuries in fixed income portfolios.
  41. A New Paradigm for Portfolio Allocations

    We explain what an environment of low growth and low interest rates means for portfolio allocations.
  42. Why Cash Has Become King Again

    Often, high levels of cash in investors' portfolios represent excessive caution. We explain why this time is different.
  43. Inflation and Financial Planning: A Primer

    Inflation can erode wealth over time and must be considered carefully in a financial plan.
  44. Positioning Portfolios for the Fourth Quarter

    How should investors prepare for the economic and market environment ahead? We share our key asset views for the fourth quarter.
  45. What is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  46. Hawks vs. Doves: Fed Increasingly Split Over Rates

    Investors highly anticipate a second rate hike this year as the Fed's hawks gain influence, following a period of no increases ...
  47. The Two-Track U.S. Economy

    We explain the multiple ways the U.S. economy is moving on two tracks, and what this means for monetary policy.
  48. Will Bond Fund Returns Suffer if Interest Rates Rise?

    When the Fed decides to raise interest rates again, bond fund returns could suffer in the short term. But some say the impact ...
  49. Is House Price or Interest Rate More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowner's Association ...
  50. How the Federal Reserve Affects Your Mortgage

    The Federal Reserve can impact the cost of funds for banks and consequently for mortgage borrowers when maintaining economic ...
  51. Chart of the Week: Impact of Higher Oil Prices

    Crude oil prices have risen about 40% so far this year, and the price outlook is still brightening. This week’s chart shows ...
  52. 4 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

    Whether you are investing directly or indirectly in property, you need to know the factors that affect its value.
  53. Duration is On My Mind

    In this explainer on duration, we talk about some of the risks and opportunities in a potentially rising interest rate environment.
  54. 3 Reasons Why Countries Devalue Their Currency

    Ever since world currencies abandoned the gold standard and allowed their exchange rates to float freely against each other, ...
  55. 5 Economic Concepts Consumers Need To Know

    A solid understanding of economics helps build a strong foundation in almost every area of life.
  56. Get Connected to the Mainstreaming of Renewable Power

    Amid growing investor interest in real assets, let's talk about the changing global energy landscape, highlighting the investment ...
  57. Why Bonds May No Longer Be Able to Save Stocks

    Historically low bond yields have helped boost stocks in recent years. We discuss why this may no longer be enough.
  58. Three Themes that Will Shape Investing in Q4

    What should investors expect in the last quarter of the year? We see three themes that are likely to shape economies and ...
  59. Chart of the Week: Position for the Macroeconomic Shift Ahead

    The global economy may be nearing an inflection point. This backdrop supports exposure to selected credit and equities, as ...
  60. What to Tell Clients Who Worry About Inflation

    Although CPI numbers may be low, many clients are feeling the bite of inflation. Here's how to counsel them.
  61. How Rising Interest Rates Impact Bond Portfolios

    A look at the impact that changing interest rates - rising or falling - have on bonds and what investors need to consider. ...
  62. How Retirees Should Think About Market Corrections

    Stock market corrections can be scary for retirees living off their investment income. Panic isn't an option. Retirees can ...
  63. Bye Bye Austerity, Hello Fiscal Easing

    Policymakers are changing their tone on fiscal policy. We assess the potential for more fiscal support in key economies, ...
  64. Are Investors Underestimating the Risk of a Recession?

    We discuss why investors should pay more attention to the signs that the probability of a recession has gone up.
  65. Number of Banks That Charge Clients for Cash Deposits Is Growing

    In August 2016, two years after the ECB's decision to cut rates below zero, a few banks have started charging clients and ...
  66. Building a Case for Increased Infrastructure Spending

    The stars are seeming to align for more infrastructure spending in the U.S. and elsewhere. We discuss whether this can happen ...
  67. The Complicated Relationship Between Negative Rates and Local Stock Markets

    We examine the multiple factors behind the lackluster stock market performance in regions with negative interest rate policies.
  68. How Bad Is China from the Perspectives of U.S. Companies?

    Many U.S. companies espoused a positive view of China's economic outlook, even though the nation's growth sputtered after ...
  69. Top 25 Developed and Developing Countries

    The difference between developed and developing countries, along with a list of the status of 25 nations around the world.
  70. How Sustainable Is Whole Foods' Competitive Advantage? (WFM)

    Whole Foods Market has built an economic moat on strong brand identity, but it could be threatened by large grocers entering ...
  71. Is GDP Really an Accurate Measure of Economic Growth?

    What does GDP tell us about real economic growth or well-being? It turns out that the answer is quite different than what ...
  72. The Top 4 Investors Investing in Gold (GLD, GDX)

    Some of the richest and most well-regarded investors, including George Soros, Jeff Gundlach, Stanley Druckenmiller and John ...
  73. The Hidden Portfolio Risk in Higher Rates

    We discuss the implications of a higher rate regime for your portfolio. The answer may surprise you.
  74. Is the Concept of 'TINA' Helping the Stock Market?

    Here's why the "TINA" (There Is No Alternative) perspective of stock market growth is overblown. There are always alternatives ...
  75. Bonds that Have Seen the Most Traffic Lately

    We examine U.S. fixed income fund flow data since the last Fed meeting and points out some trends worth paying attention ...
  76. Is Deleveraging a Red Flag to U.S. Equities?

    While U.S. equity prices surged following the financial crisis, they could suffer sharp declines once the Federal Reserve ...
  77. Why the Correlation Between the Dollar and Equities Is Weakening (SPY, UUP)

    The correlation between U.S. dollars and equities can change based on macroeconomic conditions. Understanding the causes ...
  78. Experimental Monetary Policy: Are We Stuck?

    Interest rates may be stuck near the zero lower bound (ZLB), thanks to experimental monetary policy from the Fed and over-spending ...
  79. 2 Investments With the Most Risk in 2016 (GLD, SDY)

    Investors should identify which investment has the most risk to protect themselves from losses. Risky investments include ...
  80. Chart of the Week: The Good News About Global Growth

    This week's chart shows the new BlackRock Macro GPS economic indicator and the good news it implies about the global growth ...
  81. 3 Books the CEO of Itaú Unibanco is Reading (ITUB)

    The summer reading list of Roberto Setubal, the CEO of Itaú Unibanco, includes novels and a book on the risks facing the ...
  82. The Most Volatile Time for Stocks? Sept. and Oct.

    September and October have historically been the two most volatile months for stocks, which some advisors see as an opportunity.
  83. How the Eurozone's Fight Against Deflation Is Hurting Savers

    The European Central Bank is fighting a desperate battle against deflation. Find out what it is doing and how it is going ...
  84. The 6 Most Common Explanations for Economic Stagnation

    Professional economists disagree about why the global economy has stagnated since 2001. Find out what some prominent thinkers ...
  85. Will the U.S. Election Really Matter for Markets?

    Find out why the U.S. election may have less of an impact on markets than many are expecting.
  86. Why Having a Strong Currency Is Like Holding a Hot Potato

    Strong currencies can create complicated situations for nations and policymakers, especially when central banks use divergent ...
  87. The Most Interesting Phenomenon in Today’s Jobs Market

    There has been much focus over the past week on the August payroll growth slowdown and what it means for the timing of the ...
  88. Gold is Still a Good Hedge when Volatility Rises

    With volatility low and interest rates poised to rise, why hold gold? We discuss the important role it plays in a portfolio ...
  89. 5 Industries Where Robots May Take Your Job

    Many workers around the country are worried about robots taking their jobs, but some industries are more prone to automation ...
  90. The Hidden Risk of Adopting Digital Currency

    Central banks could potentially leverage digital currency and blockchain technology to quickly and effectively implement ...
  91. What Would It Take for the U.S. Dollar to Collapse?

    Quantitative easing raised concerns about the dollar's vulnerability, but a review of the dollar's strengths and weaknesses ...
  92. Top 3 Books to Learn About Blockchain

    Here are reviews of three of the best available books on blockchain, a relatively new, but rapidly growing and very important ...
  93. The Sharing Economy: Top 5 Books to Read

    The motivation behind the sharing economy is the possibility of more cost-efficient delivery of services. Here are five good ...
  94. 5 Countries With the Most Disposable Income

    Some of these countries with high disposable income per capita may surprise you.
  95. Are Negative Rates Really "Far Superior" to Combat Downturns?

    Ever wonder how negative interest rates work? Economist Marvin Goodfriend swears by negative interest rates, touting them ...
  96. Financial Advisors Should Apply the Pareto (80/20) Principle

    The Pareto Principle can help advisors avoid wasting their time chasing and servicing client accounts that don't generate ...
  97. 4 Forces Behind Income Inequality in America

    Two-thirds of U.S. households saw their income decline or stay flat between 2005 and 2014. A McKinsey report has taken an ...
  98. Is Fed QE4 More Likely Than Negative Interest Rates?

    Fed QE4 and negative interest rates are two policy options that speculators think the central bank might harness if economic ...
  99. Will Quantitative Easing Lead to Hyperinflation?

    A look at whether or not quantitative easing could potentially lead the U.S. into a period of hyperinflation.
  100. Could Helicopter Money Become a Reality in Europe?

    The eurozone experienced deflation in some months of 2016, which caused some economists to consider helicopter money as a ...
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