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Could Fed Action Actually Be a Bullish Signal?

Could Fed Action Actually Be a Bullish Signal?

As the Federal Reserve gathers for a hotly debated policy meeting this week, stock market jitters accompany concerns that the Fed could take away the punch bowl when the rest of the world still needs a little juice. Others think that if the Fed doesn’t act now, it will lose some credibility. Wall Street has bristled at the perceived threat to historically cheap ...

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Rising Interest Rates: The Impact on Fixed Income
September 11, 2015

Rising Interest Rates: The Impact on Fixed Income

Investors, traders, savers, and home-buyers are fixated on Federal Reserve decision-making, especially in the...

Stock Sector Focus: Consumers Love that New-Car Smell
September 9, 2015

Stock Sector Focus: Consumers Love that New-Car Smell

If you’ve got your eye—or your nose—on a new car, you’re not alone. Soaring new car sales reflect consumers’ confidence in their fiscal condition. Car ...

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Remember CDs? Interest Rate Hikes Could Unlock Demand
August 31, 2015

Remember CDs? Interest Rate Hikes Could Unlock Demand

After nearly a decade of rock-bottom interest rates, the certificate of deposit (CD) is suffering from reduced demand. You remember CDs—those plain-vanilla ...

Who Says You Have to Sell Stock Declines?
August 24, 2015

Who Says You Have to Sell Stock Declines?

The stock market moves in cycles. There are up phases and down phases. And at the risk of painting broad generalizations, retail investors have a tendency to ...

Dr. Copper Is In: Gauging Global Economy and Growth Trends
August 17, 2015

Dr. Copper Is In: Gauging Global Economy and Growth Trends

Hunting for clues to the health of the global economy? It might be time to see the doctor. Market participants have tagged the moniker "Dr. Copper" onto this ...

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Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks?
August 10, 2015

Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks?

The Federal Reserve, by most accounts, is poised this year to increase its key short-term lending rate for the first time since 2006. That leaves many investors ...

No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis
August 3, 2015

No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis

Traders often anxiously await an "aha" moment—that instant of clarity about a trading idea or a market’s next leg up or down. Well, as a Chinese proverb tells us ...

Passive vs. Active: Smart Beta Blend Intensifies Investing Debate
July 20, 2015

Passive vs. Active: Smart Beta Blend Intensifies Investing Debate

The explosion of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and automated, or “robo,” strategies using ETFs has cranked up the volume in the debate that pits passive investing ...

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Greece Makes A Deal: Now Let’s Focus On U.S. Earnings
July 14, 2015

Greece Makes A Deal: Now Let’s Focus On U.S. Earnings

Will Greek headlines finally fade into the rearview mirror and let U.S. investors get back to the business of earnings? Maybe yes.

Mid-Year Stock Playbook: Greece, China, Fed … What’s Next?
July 9, 2015

Mid-Year Stock Playbook: Greece, China, Fed … What’s Next?

So far 2015 has been a year loaded with volatile headlines generated around the globe and around the board table—from Greece to China to Puerto Rico ...

Is Market Timing Possible? Try Sentiment Analysis to Get Closer
July 6, 2015

Is Market Timing Possible? Try Sentiment Analysis to Get Closer

Market timing—that is, pegging exits and entries at their most fortuitous—eludes most investors. But that doesn’t stop the pursuit. Here’s a way to use sentiment ...

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Theme Investing: Should You Think Like the Millennials?
June 29, 2015

Theme Investing: Should You Think Like the Millennials?

The mighty millennial generation, who at 92 million strong are sometimes considered a go-to source for purchasing power and techno-savvy, are now a hot ...

Economic X-Ray: Unskilled or Skilled Labor Shortage? Try Both
June 22, 2015

Economic X-Ray: Unskilled or Skilled Labor Shortage? Try Both

It’s a tale of two economies: a nation of skilled labor and unskilled. At root is the notion that the U.S.—whose workforce-age population is shrinking—has become a ...

Economic X-Ray: Examining Transportation Infrastructure
June 15, 2015

Economic X-Ray: Examining Transportation Infrastructure

Market watchers scrutinize the major economic indicators for opportunities. While the usual metrics—jobs, housing—remain important, let’s not forget ...

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Alternative Investing: Down on the Farm with Farmland REITs
June 11, 2015

Alternative Investing: Down on the Farm with Farmland REITs

The new kid on the block for real estate investment trusts (REITs) is farmland, whose rising values offer risk-tolerant investors a chance to play land baron ...

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