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The Bull Market: How It Looks Depends on Where You Stand

Women & Co | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Our feelings about the stock market are heavily influenced by the investments we already own, a phenomenon known as "anchoring." Many of us also suffer from "recency" bias, the tendency to read too much into short-term market performance.

Quantitative Easing: An Addiction That Makes Cold Turkey Inevitable, but Timing Will Be Key

Michael Kay | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Michael Kay

Commentary and debates from some of the most talented brains in economics reveal a myriad of differing opinions surrounding orthodox and unorthodox monetary policy, but one fact we can be certain about -- QE cannot last forever.

Fed Driven

Michael Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

As the government's role as economic hall monitor is debated and global markets and foreign economies adjust to their own challenges, our focus is on investing in the old-fashioned companies with strong balance sheets, increasing earnings, strong cash flow, and seasoned management teams.

Diversification Through Fixed Income

Women & Co | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Women & Co

For most of us, the word "bonds" brings to mind a savings bond that family members (or friends of the family) may have given us when we were born. But in reality, bonds can be an important component of a well-diversified portfolio.

Beware of 20 Percent Returns: 5 Ways to Separate Superior Performance from Salesmanship

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Natalie Pace

If you lose 50 percent of your nest egg and then earn back 20 percent annually, you'll still be down almost 15 percent because it takes twice as long to crawl back to even when you lose that much money.

Gorging on Apples

Michael Farr | Posted 05.02.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The appetite of the fixed income investor is voracious. Apple was the course of the day with the largest issuance of corporate bonds in the history of our republic for $17 billion.

Until Subnational Debt Do Us Part

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The subnational debt market in some developing countries has been going through a notable transformation. Private capital is emerging to play an important role and subnational bonds increasingly competing with traditional bank loans.

Mark Gongloff

The Economic Indicator Even More Frightening Than The Jobs Report | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

The bond market tried to warn us about March's grim jobs report. And it's still warning us that the economy is not in great shape. Ten-year Tr...

Cautiously Bullish

Michael Farr | Posted 04.04.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

As we have suggested many times over the past several months and years, stocks are increasingly viewed as a more attractive investment versus bonds. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is not necessarily an indicator of continued strength either.

The New York Times Is Wrong: Investing Is Science, Not Art

Dan Solin | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

Imagine trusting your life savings to an investment professional who can't articulate a scientific basis for her recommendations. Are you really supposed to rely on some ill-defined "art" and hope for the best?

3 Ways Cyprus Is a 'Game Changer' for Europe

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

With the Fed likely to remain accommodative, bullish market sentiment may continue to overshadow concerns elsewhere. However, Cyprus has highlighted that we're far from an end to the crisis.

From Rome With Love? The Three Issues to Watch for Italy and Global Markets

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

The possible loss of eagerly anticipated labour reforms, financial restrictions and market contagion provide shorter term sources of turmoil. However, existing reforms are likely to continue, market retrenchment is healthy and to be exploited for longer term opportunities.

Eleazar David Melendez

Bankers Who Made Millions In Housing Boom Misled Investors: Study | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business

Bankers who made billions of dollars packaging home loans into bonds during the prime years of the housing boom provided false information to investor...

Wall Street Gets Inventive With Bonuses

Fortune | Nin-Hai Tseng | Posted 02.07.2013 | Business

FORTUNE – As Wall Street bonus season comes into full swing, UBS AG is the latest bank doing things differently to reel in excessive pay. On Tuesday...

Obama Never Exceeded U.S. Budget

Michael Farr | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics
Michael Farr

The U.S. has not had a budget in four years. As the country increased the national debt by about $5 trillion in deficit spending, it never went over budget. Ridiculous, no?

Don't Ask: "Is It Different This Time?"

Dan Solin | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

The most common question I get from readers of my books is: "I want to implement your index portfolios, but I have to consider the uncertainty in the financial world. When is the best time to invest?"

The Ties That Bond Us: What Demand For Government Debt Can Tell Us About the Risks Ahead

Takahiro Tsuda | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Takahiro Tsuda

Our new research shows that advanced economies' exposure to refinancing risk and changes in government borrowing costs depend mainly on who is holding the bonds -- the demand side for government debt.

The Ties That Bond Us: What Demand For Government Debt Can Tell Us About the Risks Ahead

Serkan Arslanalp | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Serkan Arslanalp

It's not news that emerging markets can be vulnerable to bouts of market volatility. Investors often pull sudden stops--they stop buying or start sell...

Stop Preparing for the Last War: Arm Yourself for the New One

James Berman | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
James Berman

Today, the average retail investor is still hopelessly under-invested in stocks, ludicrously over-weighted in overvalued bonds: fighting the last war of falling stock prices, while absolutely blind to the looming danger ahead in the form of inflation.

Debt Ceiling Protection Plan

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business
Natalie Pace

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, Fitch Ratings warned that if there is another Debt Ceiling Crisis, they could lower the U.S. credit rating. The U.S. is a...

The Rules of Investing: Ignore Them at Your Peril

James Berman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
James Berman

Should investing be governed by simple rules? It not only should be. It must.

The Bond Peril

James Berman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
James Berman

People often think of bonds as being low risk. They are lower risk than stocks, but they are still subject to all sorts of different potential problems.

Sensation of Community

Maggie Lyon | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Remember that the more you lean out, the more you tweet and seek and stretch to find another like you, there is a very deserving beautiful creature waiting and calling for your friendship too, and that creature is you.

Time to Panic Over the Pullback?

Michael Farr | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Is it likely that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is flirting with five-year highs right before we are about to go into recession? The answer is obviously no, but there is another factor that has been introduced into the equation.

Dear Governor Christie: Please Come Home to NJ and Sell the Higher Ed Bond Issue

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Gordon MacInnes

Governor Christie is the essential salesman for the bond issue. Taking credit for putting on the ballot doesn't count if it doesn't pass. The bond issue is the governor's to lose, and New Jersey can't afford for that to happen.