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Gradually Higher Rates May Not Be Roadblock for Housing Sector

Gradually Higher Rates May Not Be Roadblock for Housing Sector

Low interest rates and an improving labor market have fueled steady improvement in the U.S. housing sector throughout 2015, government data shows. Could higher rates from the Federal Reserve throw a wrench into the housing recovery and trickle down to housing-related stocks? For now, most housing industry analysts aren’t sweating the move toward ...

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Election Pt 2: What a White House Democrat Could Mean for Stocks
November 9, 2015

Election Pt 2: What a White House Democrat Could Mean for Stocks

Quick quiz: Are donkeys or elephants better for the stock market? It may surprise some investors to learn that the broader stock market’s historical performance ...

Starting Behind the Curve: Millennials and Money
November 4, 2015

Starting Behind the Curve: Millennials and Money

A recent New York Times story posed the question: Is life too hard for millennials? Millennials are the most educated generation, yet they’re earning less ...

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You Asked, We Answered: How Could Rising Rates Hit Markets?
November 3, 2015

You Asked, We Answered: How Could Rising Rates Hit Markets?

Craig Laffman, TD Ameritrade’s director for fixed income and syndicate, joined JJ Kinahan, TD Ameritrade’s chief strategist, for ...

Election Part 1:  The Presidential Cycle’s Stock Market Impact
November 2, 2015

Election Part 1: The Presidential Cycle’s Stock Market Impact

The crowded race for the 2016 presidential nominations will soon start to thin out. The election buzz? Well, that will only grow. While political banter heats up and ...

Stock Market Psychology: Avoid Endowment Effect's Mental Trap
October 26, 2015

Stock Market Psychology: Avoid Endowment Effect's Mental Trap

Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? If you think you’re going to find it the stock market every day, all the time, give up that notion now.

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Meat and Potatoes Portfolio: Aim for Income from Dividends?
October 22, 2015

Meat and Potatoes Portfolio: Aim for Income from Dividends?

Dividend investing can be a relatively straightforward investing concept and many investors fancy this approach for its potential income-producing means.

Will the Fed Spoil the Stock Market's Best Six Months?
October 20, 2015

Will the Fed Spoil the Stock Market's Best Six Months?

It’s that time of year—the stock market’s typical best six months. It’s the start of a well-chronicled seasonal and historical market tendency for stocks to outperform ...

Could Retail Sales Data Sway the Earnings Tone and Fed Decision?
October 14, 2015

Could Retail Sales Data Sway the Earnings Tone and Fed Decision?

Wednesday’s release of the monthly retail sales number—typically a highly watched economic report—could be even more meaningful than usual. This well-timed ...

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Stock Sector Focus: Can Sin Pay Off?
October 12, 2015

Stock Sector Focus: Can Sin Pay Off?

“There is no sin except stupidity,” Oscar Wilde wrote in “The Critic as Artist.” Proponents of expanding broad-based portfolio research to include alcohol ...

History Repeating? Debt Ceiling May Call for a Portfolio Check
October 9, 2015

History Repeating? Debt Ceiling May Call for a Portfolio Check

With its budget patch, the federal government keeps the lights on to start the new fiscal year.

Baby Boomers Buy What? 6 Surprising Spending Habits
October 5, 2015

Baby Boomers Buy What? 6 Surprising Spending Habits

Every day for the next 15 years, roughly 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65. This well-documented generation represents nearly 26% of the total U.S. population ...

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Are Some Stocks Stuck in the Economy's Secular Stagnation?
October 1, 2015

Are Some Stocks Stuck in the Economy's Secular Stagnation?

Worries and debate about so-called “secular stagnation” have rippled through the economic community in recent years as the U.S. growth rate has ...

Q3 Earnings Watch: Does the Fed Know Something You Don't?
September 22, 2015

Q3 Earnings Watch: Does the Fed Know Something You Don't?

As the dust settles from last week's Federal Reserve interest rate meeting, some investors may be wondering if the central bank knows something everyone else...

Weathering an Investing Storm: What's Coming With El Niño?
September 21, 2015

Weathering an Investing Storm: What's Coming With El Niño?

They call it a Godzilla El Niño. But before you start making popcorn for a night in front of a chilling horror flick, savvy investors may first want to explore the ...

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Could Fed Action Actually Be a Bullish Signal?
September 15, 2015

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 ...

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