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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BofA technician Stephen Suttmeier explains why weak seasonals and tactical complacency could mean trouble for stocks heading into October.
Kicking a production freeze deal down the road was probably the best oil bulls could hope, strategists told CNBC.
Many doubt that such an oil output deal – even if reached at the 11th hour – could hold anyway.
WASHINGTON, Sept 22- New U.S. rules intended to prevent runs on money market funds are already sending tremors through markets and sparking debates on Capitol Hill, even though they are still weeks away from coming fully online. Mutual funds face an Oct. 14 deadline to comply with Securities and Exchange Commission rules inspired by the 2007-09 financial crisis,...
NEW YORK, Sept 21- Investors retreated from U.S.-based funds as stocks and bonds slid, pulling the most cash in the latest week since the British vote to quit the European Union, Investment Company Institute data showed on Wednesday. The mutual funds and exchange-traded funds shed $4.1 billion overall in the week through Sept. 14, the trade group said, as stocks and...
*Rich margins crimped by changes to market structure. LONDON/ NEW YORK, Sept 21- Home to trillions of dollars of global wealth, mutual fund firms face an unfamiliar round of belt-tightening as changes in the way people invest and rising costs chip away at rich margins. "Strong inflows over a number of years have mitigated the need to make hard, cost-cutting decisions,"...