Crystal Ball


  • Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on board the navy corvette Ternopil as Russian forces patrol nearby in the harbor of the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol on March 5, 2014.

    U.S. investments in Russia and Ukraine are not likely to be heavily impacted, long term, by current military and political tensions.

  • U.S. investors are pumping money into world equity markets, where Europe and Asia offer growth but emerging markets and commodities pose challenges.

  • Exploration man with telescope

    Financial resolutions for 2014 should include longer-term planning and a customized approach to investing, to protect against market volatility.

  • Fund managers have put more of their assets into cash than at any time since July 2012.

  • A well-conceived portfolio, diversified across domestic and international equity and bond positions, should survive some downside surprises.

  • Investors looking to reduce exposure to stocks while keeping their money working for them should check investments in long/short equity mutual funds.

  • The 2013 trend was toward positive net flows for mutual funds and ETFs. This trend will likely remain positive but volatile in the short term.

  • Advisors search for a bubble

    Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital's senior editor at large, caught up with some financial advisors at TD Ameritrade's National Conference, held last week in Orlando. The advisors remain bullish on stocks and have addressed concerns with their clients to a possible bubble in the market.

  • You’re young and just came into some money. You’d like to pile it away for a few decades in a low-cost fund. What’s the best ‘Desert Island Fund’?

  • Survey of financial advisors by CNBC and the Financial Planning Association finds a preference for stocks, overseas markets and strategic investing.

  • Advisors look ahead

    Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital's senior editor at large, caught up with some financial advisors at TD Ameritrade's National Conference, last week in Orlando. Advisors discussed concerns their clients have raised in the new year. While they admit they're looking for signs of a possible bubble in the market, they remain bullish on equities and the economy.

  • Ford Focus cars are seen on the sales lot at AutoNation Ford Miami in North Miami, Florida.

    Automakers should watch their bloated inventories even though 2014 seems like it will be a good year for car sales, AutoNation's Mike Jackson says.

  • The January stock barometer has been right in 62 of the last 85 years.

  • From diversifying and rebalancing portfolios to avoiding IPOs and long-term bonds, these tips get you back on track with financial planning in 2014.

  • The strength of the economic recovery is showing up in some less widely followed data points, like shipments of corrugated boxes.

  • While some investors are still worried that commodity prices will continue to fall, others are jumping in.

  • Alice Handy

    These illiquid investments have been popular long-term plays for institutions and are now available to the little guy. But they come with risks.

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    After a stellar 2013 in the stock market, it begs the question: Is the market overheated and getting ready for a fall? Asset manager Ken Kamen weighs in.

  • Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen

    The most recent deliberations among Federal Reserve officials point to a central bank that is at its most divided self since the financial crisis.

  • Although its early in the earnings season, the pattern of missing on revenue and beating on earnings seems broken.

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