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  1. Behind U.S. Retailers' Negative Comparable Store Sales (WMT, M)

    Discover which trends may be driving negative comparable store sales for U.S. retailers, and why consumers may be better ...
  2. Why the Middle Class Is Not Feeling the Wealth Effect

    Discover why most middle-class Americans feel left behind by the U.S. recovery, and why federal policy might be a major reason ...
  3. Job Market for Recent College Grads Looks Brighter

    Understand the challenges recent college graduates have faced in the job market and learn why the picture was brightening ...
  4. How to Estimate When Home Values Are Unsustainable

    Learn how to estimate the sustainability of home values by comparing the median sales price in an area with the area's median ...
  5. Why the U.S. Middle Class is Hit Hardest by Rise in Rent (Z)

    Find out how the middle class is being squeezed more so than the poor as a result of rapidly rising rent prices across the ...
  6. Is Investment Banking Peaking? (PFE, AGN)

    Learn about the numerous challenges facing investment banking and explore whether the industry is peaking.
  7. Is the Private Equity Bubble Still Expanding? (GS)

    Learn about the factors influencing valuations in the private equity market. Find out if there is a private tech bubble and ...
  8. How to Hedge Against Negative Interest Rates (GLD, GDX)

    Find out why Stanley Druckenmiller believes negative interest rates are dangerous, why the bull market may be ending and ...
  9. Stocks and the Corporate Earnings Problem

    With headwinds as strong as they are and with equity upside limited, what is the prudent decision today for investors? One ...
  10. 3 Suggestions Before Reading Analyst Stock Recommendation

    Discover the true motivations and priorities of sell-side analysts and why individual investors should ignore consensus estimates ...
  11. Why Norway Does Not Anticipate $100 Oil (STO)

    Discover why Norway's Petroleum and Finance Minister Tord Lien does not think the markets will see $100 per barrel of oil ...
  12. Why a Strong U.S. Manufacturing Industry Matters (UTX)

    Consider manufacturing’s contributions to employment and GDP growth by engaging other industries, both upstream and downstream, ...
  13. Why $50 Oil Won't Save Oil Companies

    Discover why oil exploration and production companies face troubles despite the recent strong rally in crude prices, and ...
  14. The Dividend Stock Story, in One Chart

    This week’s chart shows how U.S. dividend stocks have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past year.
  15. What’s Ahead for U.S. Payrolls

    We share a response to this question recently posed by Fed Chair: “Will monthly payroll gains move up toward the solid pace ...
  16. How Deutsche Bank Market Manipulation Impacts Investors (DB)

    Explore the ramifications of Deutsche Bank's admission that it manipulated gold and silver from 2007 to 2014, including its ...
  17. 3 Large-Cap Stocks Still Far From Pre-Crisis Highs (AIG, C)

    Explore three financial institutions that played key roles in the financial crisis of 2008 and are still far away from their ...
  18. How M&A Breakups Are Hurting Investment Banks' Profits (PFE, ACT)

    Discover what happens when mergers and acquisitions fail. Learn about three major deals that have fallen through in 2016 ...
  19. Is Chasing U.S. Equities Worth It? (GS)

    Explore the factors that make chasing returns in the S&P 500 Index a high-risk proposition, including a recession barometer ...
  20. 4 Reasons for the IPO Market Slowdown in 2016 (IPO)

    Pay attention to the length of time a company waits before going public and whether the prolonged period brings excessive ...
  21. The SEC Fiduciary Rule Explained

    The SEC plans to propose its own set of fiduciary rules next year. These are some of the potential implications for advisors.
  22. Are Declining Buybacks a Bad Sign for the Equity Market? (C, MS)

    Learn why U.S. companies overall have curtailed their stock buyback programs in 2016. Discover the effects these reduced ...
  23. Will the San Francisco Housing Market See a Slowdown? (YHOO, TWTR)

    Find out how the high-tech and biotech boom is impacting the housing market in San Francisco and how a slowdown could affect ...
  24. Business Cycle Investing: Ratios to Use For Each Cycle

    Examine economic and sector performance over the business cycle to determine which ratios are most important for each phase ...
  25. Relypsa: How The Bulls and Bears are Both Right

    Find out how can the bull and bear case on Relypsa, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLYP) both be right?
  26. Why China is not a Threat to the U.S.

    Learn about China's competitive position with respect to four areas of innovation. Discover the challenges the country faces ...
  27. S&P 500: 3 Lessons From the Most Unprofitable Sectors (APA, CHK)

    Discover the universal lessons for investors and businesses from the 10 most unprofitable companies in the S&P 500, all of ...
  28. Yellen to Consider Brexit Repercussions At Fed Meeting

    Yellen has also remarked that a Brexit could change expectations and the appetite for risk among U.S. investors.
  29. Why PIMCO Says China's Growth Is Capped

    Examine five factors that limit PIMCO's forecasts for GDP growth in China. How do real estate, equity markets, policy efficacy, ...
  30. 3 Reasons Why U.S. Oil Imports Are Rising (PSX, BP)

    Explore the reasons behind increasing oil imports to the United States, despite production and inventory levels at or near ...
  31. 3 Reasons Why Company Earnings Have Been Weak

    Discover how to gain insight on why corporate earnings are weak and the factors affecting their near-term outlook, and how ...
  32. Will the Next Financial Crisis Come From Europe? (DB, CS)

    Discover why the European financial system might be in trouble, why the European Central Bank may turn to bailouts, and why ...
  33. Why High Levels of Household Borrowing Is Not Concerning

    Discover how global debt levels have risen beyond the 2008 financial crisis levels and learn how the current interest rate ...
  34. 6 Signs That the New York Luxury Real Estate Market Is Slowing

    Find out what is happening in the booming high-end luxury housing market in New York City and the signs that it may be starting ...
  35. Why the American Middle Class is Shrinking

    Discover why the American middle class is shrinking and why that is probably good thing, although the Fed might be funneling ...
  36. Top 10 Checking Accounts With No Overdraft Fees (BAC, C)

    Discover banks that have checking accounts without overdraft fees, which can help you keep more of the money you earn in ...
  37. NB SRI Team In Support of Limiting Methane Emissions

    On March 10, 2016, the US and Canada announced that the two countries would aim to cut methane (CH4) emissions in the oil ...
  38. Will Energy Exposure Tank Wells Fargo? (WFC)

    Discover the reasons Wells Fargo's portfolio of loans to speculative shale oil and gas exploration and production companies ...
  39. Positive FDA Committee Vote on Vantrela Bodes Well for Remoxy

    Here are the latest news related to the FDA approvals for three pain relievers.
  40. How to Talk Your Clients Through Bad Markets

    A bear market is the bane of all investors. Here’s what you need to do to effectively talk your clients through big downturns.
  41. Portugal Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of Portugal and Greece, and get some statistics and ...
  42. Investing Other People's Money: 5 Things You Must Know

    Learn the five things an advisor should know before investing another person's money, with a focus on the FINRA "know your ...
  43. 3 Guidelines to Navigate the Economic Fog

    Here are three guidelines to help investors navigate the current murky economic picture.
  44. High Yield Plays a Supporting Role

    Here is a good reminder of why most of us invest in bonds: to help provide diversification against our equity holdings.
  45. Why Lloyd Blankfein Has a Positive Outlook on the Economy (GS)

    Avoid unpleasant surprises by paying attention to economic data relied upon by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) when ...
  46. Will an Inverted Yield Curve Happen Again?

    Explore the causes of inverted yield curves, their frequency, their accuracy in forecasting recessions and whether this type ...
  47. Does the S&P 500 Still Have 20% Downside Risk?

    Find out what top bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach foresees for the U.S. stock market in 2016, and discover two investments ...
  48. The Top 5 Ways to Hedge Against Inflation

    Here are five ways to hedge against inflation if it reappears on the horizon.
  49. Top 10 Checking Accounts for Minors/Teens (COF, WFC)

    Explore the 10 best checking accounts for teens, including no-fee accounts that provide spending and withdrawal limits.
  50. Netflix's Growth Is Decelerating: Should Investors Still Buy? (NFLX, AMZN)

    Find out why Netflix stock may not be a good buy for the long term, when its growth is decelerating without other non-subscription ...
  51. Why Interest Rates Have Been Low for So Long

    Learn of several competing explanations about why the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates so low in the United States ...
  52. Neutral Corner

    In looking at the current market climate, something to find particularly striking is the dichotomy between investor sentiment ...
  53. Yield-Hungry Investors Are Smitten with the U.S.

    Global demand for yield is good for U.S. investment grade fixed income, but what could it do to credit quality?
  54. 5 ETFs With Facebook Exposure (FB,FDN,XLK,QQQ)

    If you want exposure to Facebook while being diversified, consider these ETFs.
  55. Rising Economy, But Rising Suicide Rate. Why?

    There are various reasons why suicides are increasing, but some believe that long-term economic trends that hinder the less-educated ...
  56. S&P 500: Companies Continue to Report Revenues Below Estimate

    Discover why companies are missing revenue estimates but clearing their earnings estimates, and what that might mean for ...
  57. This Central Bank Owns U.S. Equities Worth 20% of GDP

    Discover more about Swiss National Bank's holdings of financial assets, and look into its recent accumulation of foreign ...
  58. PIMCO Report: China, Commodities and Central Banks

    Learn about PIMCO's global economic outlook as of April 2016. Find out how China, commodities and central banks are influencing ...
  59. 3 Reasons Why U.S. Rate Hikes Won't Discourage Homebuyers (FNMA)

    Discover several factors that should keep U.S. homebuying activity strong even if mortgage rates begin to rise, as most analysts ...
  60. Is China Getting Nervous About a U.S. Rate Hike?

    Learn about China’s recent economic history. Discover the likely economic implications of rising U.S. interest rates on the ...
  61. Tech Bubbles: How the Dot-Com Era Differs From 2016 (AAPL, CSCO)

    Pay attention to the escalating valuations of pre-IPO companies in 2016, as several will rise above the $10 billion level ...
  62. OPEC Strategy Stable, Saudi to Borrow $15 Billion (KSA)

    OPEC left it to markets to determine oil prices, which are likely to be influenced by the dollar in the run-up to the FOMC ...
  63. Big Pharma: Will Price Pressure Happen No Matter What?

    Watch out for a possible decline in pharmaceutical stock prices, thanks to a renewed debate about the role of government ...
  64. Sunny Vanderbeck, CEO of Satori Capital: Influencer

    A Q&A Sunny Vanderbeck, Managing Partner of Dallas-based Satori Capital, who has some enlightened views on the future of ...
  65. Top 10 Checking Accounts With Sign Up Bonuses (PNC, TD)

    Discover the 10 best checking accounts for sign-up bonuses, including cash payments, smartphones and AAdvantage miles with ...
  66. Gold ETF Buying Reached the Second Highest Level on Record (GLD)

    Learn about the factors that are pushing gold demand to its second-highest level ever and where the price of gold could be ...
  67. Top 10 Checking Accounts for Seniors (JPM, WFC)

    Learn the 10 best checking accounts for seniors and the ways focusing on age-targeted accounts may result in missed opportunities ...
  68. The 10 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in San Francisco

    In addition to its expensive home market, San Francisco has an increasingly competitive rental market, with quick turnaround ...
  69. The Narrowing Corridor of Global Growth

    Global growth appeared to sputter earlier this year, roiling markets. However, investors should get used to living in a moderate ...
  70. The Market Plays a (Fed) Waiting Game

    In this article, we talk about the outlook on equity markets, the path for Fed rate hikes, and the U.S. consumer and retail ...
  71. 5 Income Strategies For Your Portfolio

    Discover five moves you can make to start generating regular income from your investment portfolio with income-focused investments.
  72. The Share Buyback Report: Health Care Sector (PFE, JNJ)

    Analyze health care sector share repurchase data to identify trends. Determine which factors influence volume and which companies ...
  73. Is the Fed Trying to Minimize the Next Stock Market Crash?

    Find out why the Federal Reserve wants to retroactively alter qualified financial contracts between big banks and investment ...
  74. 3 Industries That Benefit from Low Interest Rates (LEN,EXPE,NFLX)

    The industries that benefit the most from low interest rates are home builders and home-improvement retailers; the consumer ...
  75. Why the Wealth Effect Is Decelerating

    Discover why the Dallas Fed believes the wealth effect shrunk after the Great Recession, and why the wealth effect might ...
  76. The Case for Merger Appraisal Rights

    In this article, we discuss appraisal rights in detail and why we believe the strategy represents a compelling investment ...
  77. Early Innings of a Multiyear Investment Opportunity?

    We provide our outlook for both traditional distressed and more niche credit strategies, and assess the opportunities managers ...
  78. Top 10 Checking Accounts for Nonprofits (EVER, WFC)

    Discover the best checking accounts for nonprofits, including the banks that waive fees on currency deposits and offer services ...
  79. Don't believe the hype around Tesla... yet (TSLA)

    As Tesla continues to captivate auto-enthusiast, one top Wall Street analyst remains a vocal critic of the company.
  80. Important Catalysts Approaching for These Biotechs

    Today we highlight four biotech companies with near-term catalysts along with positive analyst sentiment.
  81. Was "Peak Oil" a Myth?

    We’ll look at what’s happened to the once-clear concept of finite oil reserves, and where it stands now.
  82. Biotech Stocks: Are They Back?

    The bearish trends over the past year have started to reverse themselves which has benefted the biotech industry
  83. Global Utilities: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Analyze global revenue exposure in the utilities sector to learn about the impact of currency, regulation and economic growth ...
  84. Berkshire Hathaway Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (BRK.A)

    Review the capital structure of Berkshire Hathaway, and understand how equity and debt capitalization and enterprise value ...
  85. Chart of the Week: Why It’s Time for Caution?

    This week’s chart helps illustrate why we’re taking a more cautious view of global equities over the near term.
  86. Why Investors Need to Lower Their Expectations

    The golden age of investing for investors is about to end, according to a recent McKinsey & Co. report.
  87. Top 10 Checking Accounts for U.S. Expats Living Abroad (COF, SCHW)

    Discover the 10 best checking accounts for expats, including those that do not charge for debit card transactions and ATM ...
  88. S&P 500: Analyzing the Dividend Trend (SPY)

    Examine dividend data for the S&P 500 companies to determine what factors are driving trends and how these factors will impact ...
  89. Italy Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of Italy and Greece, and get some statistics and economic ...
  90. Event-Driven Equity – Hedge Fund Crowding Overshadows

    Learn why selling pressure from several large hedge funds has led to meaningful underperformance in more heavily trafficked ...
  91. Commodities Relative Value

    In this special report, we take a close look at the hedge fund segment, considering key characteristics and performance trends, ...
  92. Verizon Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (VZ)

    Investigate Verizon's capital structure, and understand how debt and equity capitalization and enterprise value interact ...
  93. 3 Reasons Not to Give Up on China (yet)

    Negative sentiment has focused on China’s debt level, slowing growth and sluggish implementation of reforms. But there are ...
  94. Growth in Australia? 3 Thoughts from PIMCO

    Learn how Australia avoided recession after the global financial crisis. Discover PIMCO's thoughts on Australia's growth ...
  95. High-Yield Bond ETFs: 3 Reasons to Avoid Them

    Examine high-yield bond performance in 2016. Why do rising default rates, falling recovery rates and Fed rate hikes make ...
  96. The Share Buyback Report: The Materials Sector (MON, LYB)

    Analyze share repurchase data for the materials sector to determine which factors influence buybacks. Examine trends, and ...
  97. The Share Buyback Report: The Consumer Staples Sector

    Analyze share repurchase data for the consumer staples sector. Identify the factors that influence buybacks over time and ...
  98. Spain's Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover why the Spanish economy continues to suffer from devastating unemployment figures, and why a serious approach to ...
  99. Why It Doesn't Matter If the Equity Market Is Rigged

    Look beyond Ben Bernanke’s stated goals of the quantitative easing program to learn what it did for the economy beyond boosting ...
  100. Wal-Mart Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (WMT)

    Analyze Wal-Mart's capital structure to determine the relative contribution of debt and equity to financing the retailer's ...
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