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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Equity, commodity and currency markets are experiencing low volatility, but one market variable stands out in the seemingly stable environment.
Gold was little changed but was on track to post a gain, as growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine stoked safe-haven demand for the metal.
Brent crude held above $102, but prices were heading for a loss as ample supply and softening demand in Europe and China outweighed concerns.
American investors aren't panicked about the re-emergence of Ebola in Africa, at least in the long term.
Dollars are pouring into China again despite worries about the country's slowing economic growth. China's economy also still has its doubters, as do broad swaths of its stock market. Much of the worry centers on how well China can navigate a slowdown in its economic growth.
Fund managers may face tougher scrutiny by regulators than planned after their lobbying against a first proposal backfired, sources said.