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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-Lipper@ NEW YORK, Dec 13- Investors pulled record cash from U.S.-based stock funds and pulled billions more from bonds in a week of escalated caution, Lipper data showed on Thursday. More than $46 billion thundered out of U.S. stock mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, the most ever, while a near-record $13 billion poured from bonds, according to the research...
NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. fund investors showed skepticism of bonds despite gains in the market, pulling the most cash from the investments in five weeks, Lipper data showed on Thursday. The $5.5 billion of net withdrawals from U.S.-based bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds during the week ended Dec. 5 came despite strong demand pushing bond prices higher.
The Fed is concerned about the investment-grade bond market. It is not only deterioration in credit of iconic companies like GE, but a record level of debt in the lowest tier of investment grade that should worry investors who use bond funds.
In a blog post released Friday, Robinhood's founders acknowledged that its new plan, which aimed to offer no-fee checking and savings accounts with no minimums, ATM fees, penalty charges or foreign transaction fees, "may have caused some confusion."
Jim Cramer explains why he thinks Adobe and Costco are ripe for a rebound.
Jim Cramer zooms through his responses to callers' stock questions about various sectors in "bear market mode."