Markets Articles

  1. 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.
  2. Mobile Banking: How Big Banks are Innovating With Fintech

    Here's how big banks are keeping up with fintech start-ups by launching their own mobile app offerings.
  3. The Role of Chatbots in Financial Services

    Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular and playing a bigger role in financial services. Here's how they work and are ...
  4. How to Owe Nothing on Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  5. 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 ...
  6. CPI, Beige Book and Other Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should ...

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  7. How to Find a Financial Advisor / Planner

    How should you go about finding the right financial advisor? The first step is to figure out what sort of professional help ...
  8. 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. ...
  9. Yes, the Bond Selloff can Continue

    We explain why the post-election selloff in bonds may be a longer-term, not temporary, phenomenon.
  10. 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 ...
  11. Will Trump's Win Change Low Return Assumptions?

    A prolonged bull market has many lowering their return expectations going forward. Should they under a Trump presidency?
  12. How to Help Clients Who Have Become Disabled

    Disability can strike a client any time. Advisors should make sure clients are adequately insured against this risk and know ...
  13. What Is Tencent? (BABA, BIDU)

    A look at Tencent, one of the top companies in the world in terms of market capitalization.
  14. How India Makes Money

    India currently has the ninth largest nominal GDP (and third largest in PPP) in the world.
  15. House Prices Up? How to Find a Home

    With housing affordability slipping in many areas across the nation, first-time buyers are struggling to find a home that ...
  16. 7 Things That Will Shape the Future of Fintech

    A report by McKinsey & Company highlights seven important changes taking place in the fintech industry that could impact ...
  17. How to Decide Where to Live in Retirement

    Here's a guide to help you decide where and how you want to live after retirement.
  18. Why Having an Emergency Fund Is Essential

    Do you know how you’d pay the bills if you lost your job, had a health crisis or needed a major car repair? That's why an ...
  19. Russia’s Novatek Diversifies Funding for Yamal LNG

    Russia's Novatek turns to Japanese and European lenders to diversify funding.
  20. Buy a House in the Philippines: A How-To Guide

    Foreign-ownership regulations make it a little tricky, but plan right and you can have a home in paradise.
  21. Here's Why Investors Don't Do Private Equity

    Private equity investments have become considerably more accessible and transparent in recent years.
  22. Advisors: Are You Managing This Big Compliance Risk?

    A new study finds that supervision of electronic communications at financial advisory firms is falling short, putting them ...
  23. Is Trump The Next Reagan?

    Will President-elect Donald Trump unleash a new era of big fiscal spending?
  24. 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 ...
  25. Will Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Work?

    The president-elect loves to put his name on hotels, casinos and skyscrapers and now wants to rebuild America. The big question ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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.
  28. Medicare Costs to Rise for Most in 2017

    Most senior citizens will see their Medicare expenses rise in 2017.
  29. How Trump’s Presidency Might Affect Net Neutrality

    The internet industry is scrambling to figure out what implications Trump's presidency have on open internet rules.
  30. Robo-Providers Call for Updated SEC Regulations

    Robo-advisors are required to follow industry rules just like human advisors do, but some robo-providers say current rules ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. Will Trump Break Up the Big Banks? (BAC, JPM)

    Trump has called for reinstating Glass-Steagall, which could drastically reshape the industry and Wall Street's big banks. ...
  33. 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).
  34. How Fintech Hopes to Shape Future Regulatory Scrutiny

    Greater regulation will most likely be applied to the financial technology industry sooner or later, regardless of its form. ...
  35. Valuing Private Companies

    You may be familiar with publicly-traded companies, but how much do you know about privately-held firms?
  36. What Advisors Need to Know About Cross Selling

    FINRA is undergoing a review of the cross-selling activities of broker-dealers. Here is what the regulator is zeroing in ...
  37. Does a Trump Presidency Present a Buying Opportunity?

    Donald Trump’s presidency could have a continued positive effect on the markets, which means this may be a good time to buy ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. Options Strategies for Your Portfolio to Make Money Regularly

    Discover the option-writing strategies that can deliver consistent income, including the use of put options instead of limit ...
  40. 2017 COLA Adjustments: An Overview

    These are the key cost of living adjustments you need to know for 2017.
  41. ETF Liquidity: Why It Matters

    Lower levels of liquidity in exchange-traded funds make it harder to trade them profitably.
  42. Where Will London's Banking Jobs Go After Brexit?

    Frankfurt? Dublin? New York? No one is sure what will happen to the City's banking jobs after Brexit, but its looks like ...
  43. Trump and Fintech: What Can Companies Expect?

    Trump’s influence on the financial technology sector could be good and bad, depending on what policies he actually enacts. ...
  44. Look Beyond the Election When Reviewing Your Finances

    In a world of lower returns and complicated taxes, organizing our financial future will pay huge dividends in the long run. ...
  45. Don't Blame Big Data for Pollsters' Failings (AAPL, GOOGL)

    As it turned out, listening to a wider set of data played a role in the Trump victory, but the pollsters need to catch up ...
  46. The Facebook-Google Duopoly: How It Crushes Rivals

    Facebook and Google dominate 85% of the mobile advertising market - and that could make them the target of antitrust regulators ...
  47. Retirees Are Falling Short in This One Special Area

    Here's why many of the thousands of people retiring revery day are less prepared for retirement than ever before.
  48. What to Know About the SEC's Third-Party Exam Rule

    The SEC has given a proposal to board members that calls to outsource the advisor exam process to a third party, but the ...
  49. Leveraged ETFs: Are They Right For You? (SSO, DDM)

    This specialty vehicle promises dramatic short-term results, but can also magnify risk.
  50. How to Seek Income Now

    As 2016 draws to a close and a Fed hike looms, where should investors hunt for yield now? We highlight the case for three ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. How You Could Have Made Money Between the Trump Win and Opening Bell

    There's money to be made on election night, even after the markets close. Here's how you could have done it last night.
  53. Why Mortgage Lenders Need Your Tax Return

    Following the collapse of mortgages securities during the Great Recession, the screening process for obtaining a mortgage ...
  54. 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 ...
  55. 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. ...
  56. Inverse ETFs Can Lift A Falling Portfolio

    These funds can reduce your exposure to market risk or enhance portfolio performance.
  57. 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 ...
  58. What Would a "President Trump" Portfolio Look Like?

    These stocks and ETFs could be good bets if Donald Trump ascends to the Oval Office.
  59. What We Know About Trump and Clinton's Treasury Picks (FB, GOOG)

    Who will the next Treasury Secretary be? A second-generation Goldman Sachs partner? A Facebook executive? A former Fed vice ...
  60. These 4 Moves Will Get You OK'd for a Bank Loan

    There’s no secret trick to getting approved for a bank loan, but there are some things you can do to put your best foot forward ...
  61. 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.
  62. How to Evaluate Financial Advisors Via BrokerCheck

    Many people research restaurants or movies, but few select brokers or financial advisors with much due diligence. Here's ...
  63. Is the Amazon-UBS Partnership the Future of Advice?

    Is the technology partnership between UBS and Amazon a sign of the future of financial advice?
  64. Asset, Wealth Manager M&A Was Up in Q3; Value Fell

    The third quarter of 2016 saw an increase in M&A activity among asset and wealth managers says a new report, but the value ...
  65. Zero Rate Policy: History's Biggest Ponzi Scheme

    The central planning belief system is breaking down. Economic reality is setting in.
  66. Markets: Tricks or Treats for the End of the Year?

    From a market perspective, September and October tend to be the worst performing months historically. Here's how to get through ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. Forget Gold—Base Metals Are Back

    Everyone is talking about gold hitting a monthly high, but don’t let the shiny metal blind you to what is happening with ...
  70. Fiduciary Rule Fuels M&A Among Advisory Firms

    M&A among advisory firms is on the rise in the wake of the new fiduciary rule.
  71. Big Financial Firms Are Betting on Bank Chatbots

    Big financial firms are building chatbot technology into full-service automated assistants that can help customers with almost ...
  72. How To Pump Up Your Portfolio With ETFs

    These funds trade like stocks, provide diversification, reduce risk and increase returns.
  73. The Gold Showdown: ETFs Vs. Futures

    ETFs and gold futures are two ways to diversify into the metals asset class, but there are advantages and disadvantages to ...
  74. Are Interest-Bearing Accounts for Checking Better?

    Unless you can maintain a high minimum balance and are willing to earn meager interest, you should steer clear of interest-bearing ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. The Birth Of Stock Exchanges

    Learn how British coffeehouses helped give rise to the juggernaut that is the NYSE.
  77. 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.
  78. S&P 500 Vs. Russell 2000 ETF: Which Should You Get?

    We look at the differences of investing in a S&P 500 vs. the Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, and when to choose the one ...
  79. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  80. A New Paradigm for Portfolio Allocations

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

    Often, high levels of cash in investors' portfolios represent excessive caution. We explain why this time is different.
  82. The 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets Right Now

    If you can be flexible about where you live, a dream home may be within reach in one of these most affordable housing markets.
  83. Chart of the Week: What 3Q Earnings Could Mean for U.S. Stocks

    The S&P 500 has been in a holding pattern since June. Will third-quarter earnings reports trigger an upward breakout? We ...
  84. Good News: Long-Awaited Wage Growth is Finally Happening

    American wages reached record levels last year--and not just for the wealthy.
  85. The Main Attractions of ETF Investing (SPY)

    As the popularity of ETFs soar, a look at the main benefits of these investment vehicles.
  86. Dissecting Leveraged ETF Returns

    These funds are a relatively new product to most investors, but they could be what you need for increased returns.
  87. ETFs Vs. Index Funds: Quantifying The Differences

    If you are trying to choose between these two index-tracking investments, compare the costs.
  88. An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how sector ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  89. An Overview of the SEC's New Mutual Fund Rules

    The SEC has released new liquidity rules for mutual funds aimed at reducing risk.
  90. ETF Options Vs. Index Options

    Choosing either ETF options or index options can make the difference between big profits or a big bust.
  91. The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions In The U.S.

    M&A is a daily part of the American business world. They're based on the principle that "One plus one equals three," i.e. ...
  92. 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.
  93. Diagnosing the Health Care Selloff

    Health care stocks have suffered as political rhetoric heats up around health care reform. We suggest the sector may have ...
  94. A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  95. Why Defensive Stocks are Still Not Cheap

    Despite underperforming recently, high yielding defensive stocks are still expensive. Russ sees better value elsewhere, namely ...
  96. What to Do When Economic Storms Threaten Investments

    Investing during a financial storm is scary for you and your portfolio, but there are many ways to weather it.
  97. Getting A Mortgage When Building Your Own Home

    It's much harder to get a loan when you're building a home, not moving into one. Here's where to look and what to expect.
  98. Self Employed? 5 Steps to Scoring a Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  99. 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 ...
  100. FINRA Rule 2273: Your Recruiting Questions Answered

    An in-depth look at and Q&A on FINRA's new recruiting practices rule, which goes into effect in November.
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