Crystal Ball


  • Financial advisors choose to rein in risk-hungry clients Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Financial advisors advise against riskier, potentially more profitable portfolio allocations in the interest of long-term stability.

  • Spoiled for investment choices? Less is much more Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The financial services industry, not necessarily helping investors paralyzed with indecision by devising more portfolio choices, should limit options.

  • Will the crisis in Ukraine impact investors? Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 1:55 PM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on board the navy corvette Ternopil as Russian forces patrol nearby in the harbor of the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol on March 5, 2014.

    U.S. investments in Russia and Ukraine are not likely to be heavily impacted, long term, by current military and political tensions.

  • The world can be the savvy fund investor's oyster Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    U.S. investors are pumping money into world equity markets, where Europe and Asia offer growth but emerging markets and commodities pose challenges.

  • Take long view: Tailor plans for sound finances Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Financial resolutions for 2014 should include longer-term planning and a customized approach to investing, to protect against market volatility.

  • Fund managers pick cash over cautious companies Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    Fund managers have put more of their assets into cash than at any time since July 2012.

  • Investors fearful, frustrated, fantasizing in 2014 Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    A well-conceived portfolio, diversified across domestic and international equity and bond positions, should survive some downside surprises.

  • The 411 on 529s: Top 10 state college saving plans Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    A 529 college savings plan, available in all 50 states, makes paying higher-education expenses easier. Here are the top 10 state 529 plans nationwide.

  • Long/short strategies for a souped-up market Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Investors looking to reduce exposure to stocks while keeping their money working for them should check investments in long/short equity mutual funds.

  • ETF, mutual fund flows still up but iffy Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The 2013 trend was toward positive net flows for mutual funds and ETFs. This trend will likely remain positive but volatile in the short term.

  • Advisors search for a bubble     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital's senior editor at large, caught up with some financial advisors at TD Ameritrade's National Conference, held last week in Orlando. The advisors remain bullish on stocks and have addressed concerns with their clients to a possible bubble in the market.

  • Desert Island Funds: The one for the next 30 years Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    You’re young and just came into some money. You’d like to pile it away for a few decades in a low-cost fund. What’s the best ‘Desert Island Fund’?

  • Where's the market going? Who wants to know? Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

    Survey of financial advisors by CNBC and the Financial Planning Association finds a preference for stocks, overseas markets and strategic investing.

  • Advisors look ahead     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital's senior editor at large, caught up with some financial advisors at TD Ameritrade's National Conference, last week in Orlando. Advisors discussed concerns their clients have raised in the new year. While they admit they're looking for signs of a possible bubble in the market, they remain bullish on equities and the economy.

  • Slow down! We have too many cars: AutoNation CEO Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 8:08 AM ET
    Ford Focus cars are seen on the sales lot at AutoNation Ford Miami in North Miami, Florida.

    Automakers should watch their bloated inventories even though 2014 seems like it will be a good year for car sales, AutoNation's Mike Jackson says.

  • Stocks down 3% in January! If history repeats ... Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    The January stock barometer has been right in 62 of the last 85 years.

  • Forgot your financial resolutions? Take 8 steps now Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    From diversifying and rebalancing portfolios to avoiding IPOs and long-term bonds, these tips get you back on track with financial planning in 2014.

  • The important number you're not watching Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    The strength of the economic recovery is showing up in some less widely followed data points, like shipments of corrugated boxes.

  • Are commodity stocks poised for an uptick? Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    While some investors are still worried that commodity prices will continue to fall, others are jumping in.

  • Red flags for private equity investors Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    Alice Handy

    These illiquid investments have been popular long-term plays for institutions and are now available to the little guy. But they come with risks.

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