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The Great Credit Mistake, by Adair Turner

LONDON – Before the financial crisis erupted in 2008, private credit in most developed economies grew faster than GDP. Then credit growth collapsed. …

Saudi launches wealth fund

The kingdom will open its first sovereign wealth fund to deal with its burgeoning budget surplus<p>Saudi Arabia is set to open its first sovereign wealth fund to deal with its burgeoning budget surplus.<p>In the past three years, the kingdom has announced budget surpluses totalling $232bn (£138.1bn).<p>It …

Banking as a career

<i>News last week that TSB, a British bank, would cap the pay of its chief executive at no more than 65 times the average of non-managerial TSB staff</i> …

Where Bond Managers are Finding Value

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Global private wealth rises to $152tn

<b>The amount of private wealth held by households globally surged more than 14% to $152 trillion (£90tn) last year, boosted mainly by rising stock markets.</b><p>Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, led the surge with a 31% jump to $37tn, a report by Boston Consulting Group says.<p>The number of millionaire …

Warren Buffett Plans To Massively Increase His Bets On Solar And Wind

"We've poured billions into [the utility businesses] and will continue to do so," Buffett said at the Edison Electric Institute's annual utilities conference in Las Vegas, according to SNL's Glen Boshart.<p>Buffett added that renewables "may not make you rich, it can help you stay rich. And we've …

Markets Are Doing Nothing

The Dow is down 8 points, the S&P 500 is down 1 point, and the Nasdaq is down less than 1 point.<p>The VIX, however, is off yesterday's lows at 0.9%.<p>The biggest story of the day is RadioShack, which is currently down 8% after reporting a wider than expected quarterly loss.<p>On the economic data front, …

U.S. futures dip, S&P 500 comes off fourth straight record | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Tuesday, as investors found few reasons to keep buying with the Dow and S&P 500 just off the latest in a string of records.<p>Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid<p>* Equities have …

US banks are elbowing their European competitors out of the bond-trading business

So uncertain is the global economy’s outlook that investors are losing their appetites for fixed-income trading—and the slew of US banks that broker those bets are losing revenue. But as bad as the epic decline in fixed-income trading has been for them, it’s the European banks that are really …

Attention, Stock-Market Bulls! Don't Miss The Forest For The Trees!

We are now barraged with so much daily market and economic information, at such a high decibel level, that it's easy to miss broader cyclical changes that occur over months and years.<p>But these changes matter. So it's worth stepping back from time to time and looking at the big picture.<p>I currently …

GARY SHILLING: Here Are My 9 Investment Picks For The Current Risk-On Environment

<b>SHILLING: Here Are My 9 Investment Picks For A Risk On Environment</b><b>(A Gary Shilling's Insight)</b><p>Gary Shilling thinks we're still in a 'risk on' investment climate. With that in mind he lists nine investments he thinks are attractive. Here they are verbatim: 1. Treasury bonds; 2. Selected …

The 3-Step Stress Test For Your Portfolio

The Federal Reserve recently completed its annual stress test of 30 large financial institutions. The stress test attempts to evaluate how banks would weather another extreme financial crises. The test simulates a crises that includes “a deep recession with a sharp rise in the unemployment rate, a …

A Fascinating Way To See Bubbles Within The Stock Market

Asset bubbles are notoriously difficult to identify as they are happening. Often times, they only become clear in hindsight.<p>Having said that, Goldman Sachs' David Kostin offers an interesting stock market chart in his team's new US Quarterly Chartbook.<p>It shows the sector composition of the S&P 500 …

Fourteen stocks for 2014

ELM GROVE, Wisc. (MarketWatch) — At the start of 2013, I gave you four stocks to buy. Those picks did well. Wells Fargo has run from $35 to $45; …

What Credit Score Do You Need to Buy a House?

For many, buying a home is still considered an important part of the American Dream. Even following the real estate crash, many still want to …

Investing 101: Don't Be Fooled by Corporate Jargon

I appreciate that there's a certain degree of faith one should have in our corporate leaders, especially those the caliber of IBM with an …

Stocks With Crazy Price/Sales Ratios

You’re thinking of joining in the purchase of a going business. What’s a fair price per dollar of sales?<p>Contemplate that math before you buy, especially if the business in question is one of these: <b>3D Systems</b>, <b>E2open</b>, <b>Zillow</b>. They are all hot stocks. They would crash if their price/sales ratios …

How to Invest In Emerging Markets

If you’ve been investing at all in the past 10 years, chances are you’ve heard someone say the “emerging markets” are a good investment bet.<p>And that’s largely true, with some caveats. Like any asset class, you shouldn’t overdo it. It’s important to take measured investment risks.<p>First, a …

5 Strange Ways to Save Money That Actually Work

Saving methods aren’t limited to clipping coupons and scouring online deals. Try one of these unique ways to cut back on spending to grow your …

How to Invest in Real Estate

Many investors like the idea of investing in real estate. Real estate has the allure of being considered “tangible.” After all, you can touch it, and …

5 Common Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

I have been using a new free tool called Personal Capital for a few weeks now and I am really impressed by it (if you are familiar with Mint.com, it …

7 Best Money Tips from Warren Buffett

Chances are, you know who Warren Buffett is. He’s one of the richest men in the world, and he’s famous for his ability to spot a good investment. …

Bob Doll Designed This 25-Stock Portfolio For Anyone Who Wants To Bet On His 2014 Predictions

And today, he's sharing with us a way to invest based on that framework.<p>It comes via the Nuveen 2014 Equity Outlook Portfolio. From the description:<p>The portfolio will be designed by professionals at Nuveen Asset Management (Nuveen), an independent investment advisor specializing in a broad range of …

Here's A Round-Up Of All The Stocks Making Monster Moves Right Now

It's already a busy day and the market just opened. Here are the major stories so far today:<p><b>Lululemon cut its earnings forecast (down 14%)</b>. "We were on track to deliver on our sales and earnings guidance through the month of December; however, since the beginning of January, we have seen traffic …

STOCKS CLIMB, IBM TUMBLES: Here's What You Need To Know

Stock Markets Around The World Are Heading Higher

In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei and the Hong Kong Hang Seng both closed up 0.2%, while the Shanghai Composite advanced 2.2%.<p>In Europe, markets are rising across the board, led by Italy's FTSE MIB, up 0.7%.<p>In the United States, futures point to an unchanged open.<p>Today is another light day for economic …

Investing Basics: Why Use ETF Funds

The ETF industry has exploded in recent years, that’s for sure. In the early 1990s there were only a small handful and almost nobody used them. By one recent count, there are now 1,194 exchange-traded funds controlling $1.3 trillion in assets.<p>Investors have come to rely on them to achieve a number …