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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WASHINGTON— The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010.. The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere.
BEIJING, July 5- More Chinese mutual funds said on Sunday that they will invest to stabilize China's stock market, following a statement by the China Mutual Fund Association on Saturday, in which 25 fund companies committed to buying shares.
25 CHINESE MUTUAL FUND HOUSES SEEK TO SPEED UP APPLICATION. BEIJING, July 4- Leaders of 25 major Chinese mutual fund houses on Saturday promised to subscribe to their companies' equity funds, the latest effort to stem a stock market slide of nearly 30 percent since mid-June. The firms also would seek to speed up the application and issuance of equity funds, the Asset...