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The 8% Income Portfolio: Durable Income In Good Times And Bad - Mid-Year Review

We generally advocate a 3 or 4 bucket diversified portfolio. This "8% Income Portfolio" represents one of the very important buckets in our overall …

Investing

6 Companies That Will Upgrade Your IKEA Furniture For You

Elevate your IKEA purchases with the help of these up-and-coming design firms.<p>Everyone loves the ease and affordability of the Swedish icon's products, but personalizing your furniture can be confusing and time-consuming. From cabinet doors in pastel hues to stylish drawer handles and wardrobe …

Furniture

Ask a Fool: What do alpha and beta mean in investing?

These are two common, but often misunderstood investing terms.<p>Q: I've seen the terms "alpha" and "beta" used frequently in the financial news. What do they mean?<p>These terms refer to two important investing concepts.<p>In simple English, "alpha" refers to how well an investment performed relative to a …

Investing

Australia's 18-Year Yield Premium Over Treasuries Disappears

Australia’s yield premium over Treasuries vanished on Thursday for the first time since the turn of the century.<p>Treasury yields have jumped this year …

The bond market scare might not be over

During scary times, cash usually flees into the arms of Uncle Sam.<p>Yet during the stock market mayhem of the past two weeks, not even safe U.S. Treasury bonds were spared.<p>The Dow plunged 2,400 points, or 9%, between January 26 and February 9 as investors fretted about the threat of inflation. But in …

Stock Markets

3 Dividend Stocks to Buy on Sale

Pay less for stocks that pay you.<p>Market pullbacks aren't all that fun for investors who don't have much cash on the sidelines. But for those who have …

A Warning Shot For Passive Investing

Last week, investors received a <i>"warning shot"</i> about the dangers of <i>"passive indexing."</i><p>While the idea of <i>"passive indexing"</i> sounds harmless enough, we …

Opinion: You can no longer trust the 200-day moving average as a stock-market indicator

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — Did a bear-market signal ring on Friday when the S&P 500 Index dipped below its 200-day moving average?<p>Yes, …

Stock Markets

UBS: Buy these 10 undervalued stocks to cash in on market volatility

UBS has issued clients a list of stocks which fell in value and offer big returns as a result.<p>All of the stocks listed declined 5% or more during the sell-off, meaning their price-to-earnings forecast for the next 12 months has ticked up.<p>The next 12 months price-to-earnings (NTM P/E) forecast is …

Markets Are in ‘Dangerous New Phase’ on Higher Rates, Macquarie Says

The U.S. economy should continue to do well in coming months, though better growth and higher inflation may lead to challenges for the markets, …

Tech ETF Hit by the Largest Outflows Since the Dot-Com Crash

The rout in U.S. stocks last week spurred the heaviest withdrawals since the 2000 dot-com crash for the biggest exchange-traded fund tracking U.S. …

The Fed's Impossible Choice, In 3 Charts

Critics of "New Age" monetary policy have been predicting that central banks would eventually run out of ways to trick people into borrowing money. …

There are 2 reasons the stock meltdown is different from past ones

<b>Video by USA Today</b><p>If you're staring at the red on your computer screen, thinking this market bloodbath feels different from past instances, you may …

Why the bond market is freaking out Wall Street

1. <b>Blame the bonds:</b> The normally boring bond market is causing serious drama on Wall Street.<p>An avalanche of selling sent the Dow and S&P 500 careening 5% lower last week, one of the stock market's worst weeks since the 2008 financial crisis.<p>The culprit: Rapidly rising bond yields are alarming …

Deja Vu 2007 - Is The Stock Market Overvalued? Estimating Returns To 2020 And Beyond, Update Jan.-2018

About five and a half years ago, it was fairly obvious that a major bull market had commenced in 2009 (Appendix A). Also a statistical analysis of …

Weighing The Week Ahead: Will Inflation Data Extend The Market Declines?

The economic calendar is heavy. In the battle of competing explanations for the market declines, the inflation story has taken center stage. With …

Stock Selling Unleashed

The unnaturally-tranquil stock markets suddenly plunged over this past week. Volatility skyrocketed out of the blue and shattered years of artificial …

Here's exactly what happened during the stock market's crazy week

The markets have had a wild week.<p>After more than a year of steadily climbing, stocks spent the past six trading days all over the board.<p>They nosedived, then recovered, then wobbled -- before plummeting again on Thursday. At that point, they entered correction territory as the Dow and the S&P 500 …

Vix futures co-inventor: ‘the tail grabbed the dog’ this week | Financial Times

Vast speculative trading in derivatives tied to stock market volatility is dangerously scrambling key inputs used for risk management by banks, one …

Stock Markets

Cramer: This market is seeing 'a similar version' of what sparked the 2008 financial crisis

CNBC's Jim Cramer is confident that he's pinpointed the real cause of the market-wide sell-off that has weighed on stocks for much of the week.<p>The …

3 Things That Could Be Causing the Stock Market Blowup

Investors signaled strongly on Thursday they're still not ready to return to equities.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 1,033 points, or 4.15%, …

The Daily Prophet: No One Expected the Bond Slump to Be This Bad

The rout in the bond market is worse than anyone envisioned. The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose as high as 2.88 percent on Thursday as …

Here's who was smart enough to sell stocks before Monday's rout

The S&P 500 index hit an all-time high on January 26, which was a Friday. The following week, it started to fall, including a messy 2.1% selloff on Friday that brought the weekly loss to 3.8%, the worst such decline since the selloff that ended on February 7, 2016. So who were the net sellers of …

What Just Happened? Six Views on How the Correction Finally Came

Like everything in markets, this defies easy narratives. Is it rising yields, hedge funds selling out of arcane positions, inflated valuations …

A Guide to Understanding How Shorting Stock Works

Shorting stock has long been a popular trading technique for speculators, gamblers, arbitragers, hedge funds, and individual investors willing to …

Investing

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Do This to Help Them Be Strong, Confident, and Resilient

Instead of being victims, resilient kids see themselves as being in control of their destinies. As a result, they tend to grow and get better when bad things happen, instead of crumpling.<p>Much has been written about the habits and characteristics of high-achieving adults, and how they differ from …

personaldevelopment

Science Says Kids Who Become Great Leaders Have Parents Who Teach Them 8 Things

Have you taught your kids to be more persuasive? You should, because that will make them more successful.<p>All the extremely successful people I know -- and all the great leaders I know -- are exceptionally good at persuading other people to follow them.<p>(Maybe that's why Mark Cuban says knowing how …

Self-improvement

Recession Watch: January 2018

<b>The Model</b> attempts to find the combination of seven indicators or influences that work together to best predict quarterly GDP growth. It estimates …

The 5 biggest bubbles in the market today

We never used to get a giant speculative bubble every 7-8 years. But that has been the case since the new millennia.<p>In 2000, we had the dot-com bubble.<p>In 2007, we had the housing bubble.<p>In 2017, we have the everything bubble.<p>Why do we call it the everything bubble? Well, there is a bubble in a …

The Bitcoin Bubble Is Beginning to Burst on Wall Street

Following a two-week SEC-ordered trading halt, First Bitcoin Capital Corp. shed 80% of its value in two days.<p>There has arguably not been a hotter …