Finance

ETFs might do investors more harm than good

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch)—Have ETFs done individual investors more harm than good?<p>Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, worry that they have. Those investment gurus are among the experts who argue that ETFs, which can be easily traded …

Stocks

IBM And Apple: The Truth About Buffett's Technology Buys

So far this year, the Nasdaq composite has been the best performer out of the three major indices. Investors seem to be warming up to tech, particularly some of the larger players in the technology space, and while it might seem like a disconnect to talk about technology and Warren Buffett, the …

Warren Buffett

Is It Time To Sell Everything But High Quality Stocks?

The market seems pricey.<p>So I want to reduce risk, but I don't want to try to time the market (i.e., cut back on equity exposure) or buy downside …

Stocks

How Dangerous Is a Stock Market of Mindless Robots?

Investors are turning into automatons.<p>So-called robo-advisers manage investments electronically; index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds roll entire markets up into a single bundle; target-date portfolios hold a predetermined mix of assets, marching savers mechanically toward retirement. Could …

Stocks

Warren Buffett Just Listed an $11 Million California Beach Home

The property is on the market for the first time in nearly 50 years<p>You might expect billionaire Warren Buffett to live an extravagant life—but the investor's homes are surprisingly low-key. Or perhaps it's not surprising that he can hold on to so much wealth with these relatively modest homes. The …

Warren Buffett

Trump at Brink of His Own Bull Market as Dow Flirts With History - Bloomberg

The Trump bump keeps getting huger.<p>Consecutive gains in the Dow Jones Industrial Average have left it at the doorstep of history, including a 20 …

Market Trends

The Growing Conflict-of-Interest Problem in the U.S. Congress

While concerns about conflicts of interest regarding President Trump’s business holdings have received a lot of attention, resulting in proposed legislation to end loopholes for the commander in chief, there has been much less discussion of another source of conflicting interests: the investments …

Government

Warren Buffett Has a Paper Gain of $13.5 Billion From His Bank of America Bet

They don’t call him the Oracle of Omaha for nothing. Warren Buffett’s $5 billion bet on then-struggling Bank of America in 2011 has resulted in …

Warren Buffett

Here’s why bitcoin just hit an all-time high

Bitcoin is trading at an all-time high for the first time in more than three years.<p>A single coin US:BTCUSD went for as much as $1,206.60 on Friday, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, surpassing the previous high of $1,165.89 reached in November 2013.<p>The run-up in price has been driven …

Bitcoin

Accessing Fidelity’s Quant Research Through Passive ETF Options

As more money managers help expand the exchange traded fund universe, investors are now able to capitalize on established management team’s research capabilities and investment styles. For example, the Fidelity Low Volatility Factor ETF (NYSEArca: FDLO), Fidelity Momentum Factor ETF (NYSEArca: …

Stocks

3 Industries Being Disrupted by Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is rearranging the way that entrepreneurs finance their creative endeavors, whether they're artists or engineers.<p>Crowdfunding is rearranging the way that entrepreneurs finance their creative endeavors, whether they’re artists or engineers. From bringing startups a needed capital boost …

Corporate Finance

Why the U.S. Equity Market Is Stretched

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock's Global Allocation Fund portfolio manager, explains why he thinks U.S. equities will have lower returns over next 3-5 …

Wall Street

Gold and Silver Market Morning: Feb 24 2017 - Gold overcoming $1,250 resistance!

-- Published: Friday, 24 February 2017 | Print | <b>Disqus</b><p><b>Gold Today</b> –New York closed at <b>$1,248.80</b> on the 23rd February after closing at <b>$1,238.10</b> on the …

gold

Ten Stocks That Still Look Cheap - Stocks to Watch

By Teresa Rivas<p>As markets continue to rocket to new highs, investors may be wondering if there are any bargains left. <b>Jefferies</b>‘ Brian Abrahams and …

Stocks

Which mall stores are in danger of closing?

A number of chains have either closed locations, shut down for good, or are teetering on the edge.<p>There was a time not that long ago when the idea that malls had killed Main Street was an important business narrative. Now it's malls that are withering under the pressure of having to face off with …

Business

Gold vs silver: What's in store for 2017?

Most surges in sentiment towards precious metals tends to see the Gold/Silver Ratio peak.<p>The first thing to say about almost every outlook article …

gold

4 Stocks You Can Buy and Hold Forever

We Fools love to find companies that are so strong that they can be safely held for decades on end. Companies like this are few and far between, but …

Investing

Owners of popular pizza chain sentenced in tax fraud case

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a popular Jersey shore pizza restaurant chain who evaded taxes and lied to the IRS have been sentenced.<p>Manco & Manco Pizza owner Charles Bangle was sentenced in federal court in Camden on Friday to 15 months in prison. His wife, Mary Bangle, was sentenced to three …

Taxes

Could This Time Be Different?

It feels a lot like the periods just before the prior two bull-market tops.<p>Valuations are extreme and fear is nowhere to be found.<p>Yet there are …

Stocks

Here’s what to look for Saturday in Warren Buffett’s annual letter

It won’t be a quiet Saturday morning for stock-market investors awaiting the latest missive from investing legend Warren Buffett. And hedge-fund managers might want to put on protective headgear.<p>Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK) (BRK) annual letter to investors is set for release at 8 a.m. Eastern. The …

Warren Buffett

Remodeling for resale; the best choices

Are you thinking about putting your house on the market this year? If so, you might be looking at ways to make it more marketable. “Before getting …

Home Improvement

Merrill Lynch Raises Price Targets on 3 Red-Hot Tech and Biotech Stocks

The analysts at Merrill Lynch have raised their price targets on some stocks that have shown solid earnings growth and look poised to continue to …

Investing

The $9 billion case against Tesla and why investors are betting against Amazon, Apple and Chipotle

Tesla makes cars to covet, but investors have collectively bet nearly $9 billion that the stock will fall hard – the largest “short” position in U.S. …

Wall Street

A Foolish Take: Stocks are far from cheap right now

By one estimate, the current ratio of stock prices to corporate earnings has been higher only twice since the year 1900 -- in 1929 and 2000.<p>If there's one picture that every investor in the stock market should have permanently imprinted in their cranium right now, it's a chart of the long-term …

Stocks

Market Observers: Gold ETFs Can Keep Climbing

Gold is off to a fine start this year as illustrated by year-to-date gains of over 7.5% for gold exchange traded products, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL). Some market observers believe the …

gold

8 Signs the Trump Trade Is Crumbling

The "Trump trade" has continued longer than most expected, but it's showing signs of wear and tear.<p>Major stock benchmarks haven't given up much of their postelection gains, but the Dow industrials were 0.2% lower on Friday, on pace to snap a 10-session streak of record highs that has been its …

S&P 500

U.S. stocks eke out last-minute gain as utilities rise

NEW YORK — A late push helped U.S. stocks finish higher Friday after indexes spent most of the day lower. There was far more selling than buying on …

S&P 500

Just stop chasing rallies, the little bank stock that could, and why stock analyst ranks are dwindling

Mutual fund analyst was a fantastic job with its near-unfettered access to great portfolio managers and Leafs ticket perks, but I stopped doing it when I realized most people weren’t listening.<p>We were using an analytical model that was effective in finding funds that, in risk-adjusted terms …

Stocks

Stock Fund Managers Believe In Tech For 2017

Data show that Silicon Valley darlings once again captured the interest of stock fund managers looking to cash in on the sector’s growth and dreams in the fourth quarter of 2016.<p>In a ranking of the 20 S&P 500 stocks that U.S. funds managing more than $1 million bought the most, tech companies took …

Stocks

Why 2017 Could Be a Stockpicker’s Year According to One Fund Manager - Focus on Funds

By Crystal Kim<p>The <b>active versus passive debate</b> is as tired as it is old. Yet, the debate continues as ETF naysayers point out that the rise of …

Stocks