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.
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Oil prices rose as the dollar weakened and on expectations that OPEC producers would maintain their current production target.
Gold held firm below $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday as the dollar climbed to a fresh 12-1/2-year peak against the yen.
The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 4 cents to $2.84 a gallon, according to a survey.
WASHINGTON, June 1- A leading mutual fund trade group is asking U.S. regulators to pressure their international counterparts to abandon efforts to draft criteria that could be used by countries to designate large funds as systemically risky. In a May 28 letter made public on Monday, Investment Company Institute President Paul Schott Stevens told the heads of...
NEW YORK— Don't know what to make of the junk-bond market? One month, dollars are flooding into junk-bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. But skittishness has been particularly high, with $9.3 billion fleeing junk-bond funds in December only for $9.6 billion to go right back in two months later.
Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been hit by sharp market moves and they're bracing for more volatility.
The RBA kept interest rates steady at a record low 2.0 percent, in line with expectations, but the Australian dollar still pushed higher.
Whether China shares are bubbly depends on which data bit catches the fancy, but the market is overbought, Credit Suisse said.
The "Fast Money" traders give their final trades of the day.