For all the talk of a new normal, some may be wondering if it is more a matter of no normal. Do the same rules —diversification, buy and hold—and vehicles—mutual funds, single stocks—still apply? Is there a new calculus, physics to the world of investing?
Asset allocation strategists haven’t had an easy time in recent years. For awhile they dished out bigger weightings to defensive plays—bonds, cash and commodities. But for 2011, strategists recommend investors boost allocations to ride the wave.
A midterm election yielding a GOP Congress to offset a Democratic president, seasonal factors and stocks' status as a "humiliated asset class" should combine to power a sizable rally in the coming months.
Smart investors need to look at savvy investment alternatives, from junk bonds to short selling to commodities, say three financial advisors.
Small-cap stocks usually lead the economy out of recessions and this one has been no exception, but market leadership looks ready to turn.
Buffeted by markets made more efficient by high frequency traders, high stock correlation, and an increasing focus on costs, actively managed mutual funds have failed to earn their high management fees and lost ground to exchange traded funds, ETFs, and index funds.
After a year and a half of stock market gains, you might be feeling a little better about your 401(k). Once shattered, it may now only be battered. But in the high-speed, global market of today, both the options and challenges in managing your portfolio are greater than ever.
Retirement and investment accounts may have the same purpose, but you'll need to manage them very differently to get the most out of your money.
In-depth market analysis, real-time stock market data, research and earnings from CNBC.com.
Bonds market data, news, and the latest trading info on US treasuries and government bond markets from around the world.
The latest commodity trading prices for oil, natural gas, gold, silver, wheat, corn and more on the U.S. commodities & futures market.
Currencies, Currency Markets, News and Rates on International Currency
Info on Mutual Funds, Money Market Funds, Equity Funds and Bond Funds
Corporate Company Earnings, Find Earnings Per Share and Earnings History Online
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to next week. Oil and nat gas were up slightly today, Gold hit a six-month high, but dropped after word came out Russia would not intervene in Ukraine.
CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. St. Patrick's Day is Monday and spring arrives Thursday. The NCAAs begin this week and the Fed meets.
Kat Cole, Cinnabon president and CEO, says despite rising commodity prices, business has been fairly stable. Cole also weighs in on obesity and minimum wage.
No matter your generation, there are steps pre-retirees can take to help build their 401(k).
More client-hungry hedge fund managers are looking to put their investment strategies to work in ETFs, but the move may cost them.
NEW YORK, March 10- More client-hungry hedge fund managers are looking to put their investment strategies to work in exchange-traded funds, a move that could exponentially expand their pool of investors but requires them to slash investment management fees.