Markets Articles

  1. Good News: Long-Awaited Wage Growth is Finally Happening

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Choosing either ETF options or index options can make the difference between big profits or a big bust.
  8. Most Important Mergers and Acquisitions of 2016 (SHPG, ABT)

    While 2016 has yet to see anything rivaling the $100 billion mega-deals of 2015, there have been plenty of important multibillion-dollar ...
  9. 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. ...
  10. 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.
  11. 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 ...
  12. A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

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

    Despite underperforming recently, high yielding defensive stocks are still expensive. Russ sees better value elsewhere, namely ...
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Self Employed? 5 Steps to Scoring a Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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.
  19. Startup Workers: How to Start Financial Planning

    There are unique financial planning considerations for startup workers. Here are some tips to generate a solid financial ...
  20. 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.
  21. Why Asset Managers Oppose Mutual Fund Stress Tests

    The Financial Stability Board wants to implement a financial stress test for mutual funds for the G20 nations. Here's why ...
  22. 3 Simple Steps To Building Wealth

    Getting richer is easier if you take it one step at a time.
  23. How to Tell If a Stock is Over or Undervalued

    These are the common valuation methods for stocks. But should you invest based on your financial goals and risk tolerance ...
  24. Russia Looking to Sell Stake in Rosneft (ROSN.ME, BP)

    Russia is looking for ways to raise additional cash but doesn’t want to lose control over a key sector like the oil industry. ...
  25. America’s Economy Is Slowing (Despite What Some Are Saying)

    The economic data is showing that we've entered the slower-growth phase of the business cycle.
  26. CDOs and the Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. Why Money Market Reform Matters To You

    Jeff Rosenberg looks at the quickly approaching money market reform as an opportunity for investors to potentially pick up ...
  30. 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.
  31. The Top Five Alibaba Shareholders in 2016

    Alibaba has cooled a bit since it's IPO in 2014, but the major shareholders have held steady. Here are the top five.
  32. Retirees: 7 Lessons from 2008 for the Next Crisis

    When the last big market crisis hit, many retirees ran to the sidelines. Next time, there are better ways to manage your ...
  33. 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.
  34. 9 Businesses That Thrive In Recession

    Some companies improve their bottom line as many people make more conservative decisions with money during a recession.
  35. Top 4 Mistakes That Cause Futures Traders To Fail

    Learn to keep your losses to a minimum and consistently produce positive results.
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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.
  38. 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 ...
  39. The Top 5 Disney Individual Shareholders in 2016

    The top individual shareholders of Walt Disney Company for 2016 and their connections to the hugely successful media corporation.
  40. 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 ...
  41. Why Employer Healthcare Costs Are Rising for Employees

    It's no illusion that health insurance is getting more expensive, and employer healthcare costs that are passed on to employees ...
  42. 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. ...
  43. Millennial Banking: A Look at Chime and Simple

    Here's what Millennial banking looks like—and what users can expect with these new technology platforms.
  44. The 5 Cities Where $50K Goes Furthest

    If you are comparing cost of living to see where a $50,000 salary will stretch the furthest, these 5 cities are at the top ...
  45. This Big Expense Can Ruin a Retirement

    One of the greatest joys of retirement is being able to relax, knowing that one of your biggest expenses — your mortgage ...
  46. Are Big Banks Becoming More Corrupt? (JPM, C)

    Big banking scandals have been a prominent feature in 2016, but news of corrupt banks is not a new or surprising phenomenon ...
  47. Did OPEC Blink in the U.S. Shale Standoff? (KSA)

    Did OPEC just blink in its standoff with U.S. shale oil producers?
  48. 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, ...
  49. Why Do Businesses Benefit From Life Insurance on Employees?

    Companies can buy life insurance on their employees and collect the benefit proceeds. Find out why companies want to benefit ...
  50. 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.
  51. Top 10 Recession-Proof Jobs

    Certain professions are recession-proof, such as health care and law enforcement. People with these jobs can expect to stay ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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.
  54. 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 ...
  55. Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  56. How Insider Trading Is Prevented in Corporations

    Insider trading can undermine the markets and damage reputations, so companies and regulators alike have instituted policies ...
  57. Top 5 Books to Learn About the Fintech Industry

    If you're interested in learning more about the fintech industry, take a look at these top five books written to help individuals ...
  58. 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.
  59. Why Big Tech Earnings Will Outperform (AMAT, SYMC)

    Big tech stocks are reaching one new market high after the other fueled by the prospect of strong 3Q and 4Q earnings.
  60. Comparing Market Returns to Consumer Expectations

    A lot of pundits will tell you there are certain indicators of future market performance. But do those claims hold up?
  61. Chart of the Week: Time to Rethink the Role of Treasuries

    This week's chart explains why it's time to rethink the role of U.S. Treasuries in portfolios, and specifically to be cautious ...
  62. How Arch Coal's Stock Price Fell 32% in 6 Months (ACIIQ)

    Arch Coal's stock price has steadily dropped lower in the first six months of 2016. Find out what needs to happen for stockholders ...
  63. Top 5 Geothermal Power Stocks of 2016 (CVX, BRK-A)

    Include Chevron and Berkshire Hathaway Energy among the top five geothermal power stocks, as each company produces more than ...
  64. 'Control Fraud' – Corrupt Bankers Do It, Congress Ignores It

    The banking scandal isn't just Wells Fargo fabricating customer accounts. It's Washington refusing to prosecute fraud by ...
  65. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  66. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  67. 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 ...
  68. Why Advisors Will Be Key in a Low-Return World

    The human factor in an advisory relationship should be strong enough to override market and portfolio performance, giving ...
  69. What You Don’t Know About Cybersecurity Can Hurt You

    Cybersecurity incidents are on the rise—advisors that fail to address underlying issues could face a variety of regulatory ...
  70. Rothschild Family's Net Worth Explained

    According to some estimates, the Rothschild net worth is worth more than $350 billion when each member's personal fortunes ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. Saudi Arabia Makes Preliminary Oil Offer to Iran

    Saudi Arabia offers to cut production if Iran holds current output levels steady.
  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. Top 5 Farming Stocks of 2016 (MON, DE)

    The agricultural industry is likely to experience long-term growth as the world’s population increases. These top farming ...
  75. How the U.S. Dollar Became the World's Reserve Currency

    The U.S. dollar was first minted in 1914. Find out what occurred during the last century to make the U.S. dollar the world's ...
  76. Don't Make These Top 10 Mistakes On Your Roth IRA

    Don't lose out on the benefits of a Roth by contributing too much, breaking rollover rules or making other avoidable errors.
  77. How Investment Banks Make Money

    Take a look at methods through which investment banks make money, such as investment research, asset management, and brokerage ...
  78. The Impact of Brexit on General Motors (GM)

    Brexit, the result of the U.K. leaving the European Union, will have much impact on many industries. This article discusses ...
  79. 3 Reasons Real Estate Is Not a Good Investment Right Now

    Is real estate a good investment right now? Probably not, given that housing prices are overheated with respect to household ...
  80. 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 ...
  81. 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 ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. Is Venture Capital Slowing in the U.S.?

    Venture capitalists are more selective in 2016, turning away from U.S. startups in an era of big business and slow growth ...
  84. 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 ...
  85. 4 Common Banking Habits of Millennials

    Here’s how the banking habits of millennials differ substantially from those of previous generations.
  86. Why U.S. Dollars Aren't Accepted in Canada

    Is the U.S. dollar accepted in Canada? Learn about the legal and practical aspects of using U.S. dollars in Canadian transactions.
  87. Most Profitable Mining Companies of 2016 (CDE, AG)

    The most profitable mining companies for 2016 included small-cap precious metal miners. The greatest total profit belongs ...
  88. 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 ...
  89. Maintaining Human Interaction in a Robo-Care World

    BlackRock’s Retirement Roundtable series covers a wide range of retirement-related topics, and at the London roundtable, ...
  90. 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 ...
  91. 3 Countries That Produce the Most Renewable Energy

    China, the United States and Brazil are the top three producers of energy from renewable sources, with hydroelectric power ...
  92. 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.
  93. 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 ...
  94. The 3 Biggest Penalties for Insider Trading in the U.S.

    The three large penalties for insider trading in the United States have been handed down in recent years, leading to civil ...
  95. Top 5 Wheat Stocks of 2016 (ADM, MON)

    There is limited exposure to pure plays in wheat for stock investors, but here are the top five wheat-market-related equities ...
  96. How Blockchain Technology Could Free Up Billions for Banks (UBS, BK)

    Blockchain technology could save banks billions of dollars by sharply reducing the expenses and time associated with settling ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. Behind eBay's 161% Rise in 10 Years (EBAY)

    Returns for eBay shareholders have been driven by financial performance, company outlook and market reception of the PayPal ...
  99. Top 5 Hydroelectric Power Stocks of 2016 (BEP, IDA)

    Hydroelectric is an energy source that accounts for nearly 20% of global energy, and growing. This article discusses the ...
  100. 10 Countries With the Most McDonald's Locations (MCD)

    Europe may be more important to McDonald's than the United States, and Asia is not too far behind now that the Chinese market ...
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