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With Dollar at 12-Year High, Be Choosy with Stock Selection

With Dollar at 12-Year High, Be Choosy with Stock Selection

The U.S. dollar has kicked up a broader-market firestorm, climbing to fresh 12-year highs on Monday (figure 1). Global investors continue to pour funds into the U.S. dollar as divergences in the global economy widen. Plus, the dollar's daily uptrend got a boost from good news in the U.S. and, well, not so good news elsewhere.

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Hedge Fund Truth: What Investors Should Know
March 9, 2015

Hedge Fund Truth: What Investors Should Know

Hedge funds offer a potential haven from wild market swings—that is, if it all works out. If it doesn't ...

Investors & Traders, It’s Tax Time. Your To-Do List
March 5, 2015

Investors & Traders, It’s Tax Time. Your To-Do List

It's important to be aware of these extra responsibilities when completing a Schedule D for the IRS.

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The S&P Bull Turns Six. What Does This Mean for Investors?
March 3, 2015

The S&P Bull Turns Six. What Does This Mean for Investors?

By historical standards, the Bull is old. But "abnormal" market conditions make this one a little different.

Will Active Mutual Fund Managers Go With the Dinosaurs?
March 2, 2015

Will Active Mutual Fund Managers Go With the Dinosaurs?

To index, or not to index? Investors want to know if it's worth the extra cost of actively managed funds.

Boomer Divorce and Remarriage: Money Mistakes to Avoid
February 26, 2015

Boomer Divorce and Remarriage: Money Mistakes to Avoid

For people in or near retirement, more assets can complicate things for separating couples.

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On the Hunt for U.S. Consumer Spending? Shop Around
February 18, 2015

On the Hunt for U.S. Consumer Spending? Shop Around

Soft consumer spending readings seem to contradict strong U.S. job growth. Investors might consider drilling down to the storefront level for a clearer picture.

Getting Your Head Wrapped Around Portfolio Rebalancing
February 12, 2015

Getting Your Head Wrapped Around Portfolio Rebalancing

A yogi may tell you that aligning your “chakras” regularly will keep you healthy and happy. The same advice holds true when it's time to rebalance...

A “rational” stock market? More like a “drunken psycho”
February 2, 2015

A “rational” stock market? More like a “drunken psycho”

Under efficient market theory, stocks incorporate all pertinent information and trade at fair value. However, no less than Warren Buffett says that’s a bunch of hooey.

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End Zone Dance for Investors? Super Bowl May Hold Clues
January 26, 2015

End Zone Dance for Investors? Super Bowl May Hold Clues

The Super Bowl Indicator actually has had a pretty high "QB rating" for foretelling the U.S. market performance.

Are Dividend Yields Stuck on the Small-Portion Menu?
January 15, 2015

Are Dividend Yields Stuck on the Small-Portion Menu?

While many investors may view the U.S. market's record rally as a bountiful feast, dividend yields remained bite-sized, grinding along near historic lows.

Are Small-Cap Soldiers Ready to Lead the New Year’s Charge?
January 12, 2015

Are Small-Cap Soldiers Ready to Lead the New Year’s Charge?

Anyone gifted with “Stratego” during the holidays? The old board game with echoes of the Napoleon-era battlefields of Europe offers an analogy for investors.

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Deflation: Why the Fed—and Investors—Fear It
January 6, 2015

Deflation: Why the Fed—and Investors—Fear It

At first glance, the whole idea sounds pretty enticing—falling prices for almost everything you need and want ...

Four Investor To-Dos Before the Ball Drops on 2015
December 30, 2014

Four Investor To-Dos Before the Ball Drops on 2015

The end of the year is always a good time for a personal reality check, not to mention a portfolio check. It’s been an eventful year, as usual. The American economy...

Feel Lucky? A Little Bit Helps, but You Need More Than That
December 30, 2014

Feel Lucky? A Little Bit Helps, but You Need More Than That

Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning Princeton University psychologist who is widely credited with creating the field of behavioral economics, has some...

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Margin Momentum ... Or Mayhem
November 25, 2014

Margin Momentum ... Or Mayhem

When investors grow increasingly bullish, they often turn to other people’s money— aka margin—to load up even more. Perfectly legal, yes, but also dangerous if...

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