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Fire Island Is Getting Lit With Fiber Optics -- But What About the Rest of Verizon, Much Less the Voice Link Wireless Issues or the $130 Billion Vodaphone Deal?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.16.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

OK, so a group of small beach communities on an island finally got some adequate phone service; what about the 27 million households in Verizon's territories not to mention the tens of millions of business?

Surviving the Bond Exodus

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Natalie Pace

We both took time in a deserted New York City office building on the Friday before the last, long summer holiday weekend, to discuss something that affects every professional, but puts most people to sleep!

Are U.S. Stocks the Best Investment in the World? Interview With Liz Ann Sonders, the Chief Investment Strategist of Schwab

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.04.2013 | Business
Natalie Pace

"Syria is one of those exogenous things, and it is tough to judge the implications. Military events that tend to be short-lived, like this one might be, have actually proven to be phenomenal buying opportunities."

Emerging Markets Sell-Off: What's Next?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The last weeks of summer have been marked by renewed pressure of capital outflows and exchange rate devaluations in several systemically relevant emerging markets. This is just the latest round of a global portfolio rebalancing that has been in motion since May 22.

Wall Street's First Woman: Muriel Siebert

Natalie Pace | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Natalie Pace

Muriel "Mickey" Siebert, who passed away on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Manhattan, is a legend on Wall Street. Needless to say, Siebert knew a thing or two about Wall Street, about bonds and about regulatory oversight (or lack thereof).

Why the Fed Fears Higher Mortgage Rates

Peter G. Miller | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business
Peter G. Miller

Just the thought of reduced Fed purchases has caused investors to shiver, interest rates to rise and bond prices to fall. So, to an extent, the marketplace has already anticipated some reduction in Fed purchases.

Development Banks and Post-Crisis Blues in Investment Finance

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

International long-term private finance to developing countries has changed dramatically in the wake of the global financial crisis. In such a context, it is no surprise that the creation/expansion of national and multilateral development banks has been getting so much attention.

Stick With Your Grandfather's Portfolio

Dan Solin | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

If your grandfather was wise enough to determine a suitable asset allocation and invest in a globally diversified portfolio of low-management-fee index funds, you should follow his example and be grateful you inherited his wisdom.

How to Put Your Portfolio's Risk Level in Perspective

Women & Co | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Am I taking too much risk? To answer this question, we'll often look at our portfolio, focusing on the mix of stocks and conservative investments.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?"