Financial Markets

SEC May Regret the Day It Allowed Leveraged ETFs

The only thing better than getting rich slow is getting rich quick.<p>That bit of truism is all you need to understand the rapid rise in leveraged exchange-traded funds, which were created in 2006 as a way for investors to double their exposure to stock indices. More were created later tied to bonds, …

Wall Street

Trump Tantrum Looms on Wall Street if Healthcare Plan Fails

The Trump Trade could start looking more like a Trump Tantrum if the new U.S. administration's healthcare bill stalls in Congress, prompting worries on Wall Street about tax cuts and other measures aimed at promoting economic growth.<p>Investors are dialing back hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump …

Wall Street

U.S. stocks set to edge up, as health-care vote, Yellen take center stage

U.S. stock-index futures were slightly higher on Thursday, though trading was cautious as investors looked ahead to speeches from key Federal Reserve members, including Chairwoman Janet Yellen, as well as an important vote on a health-care bill that could provide clarity on President Donald Trump’s …

Commodities

3 Retirement Stocks to Buy Right Now - and 6 to Avoid

With the Trump bump squeezing stocks higher, retirees (and near-retirees) are asking me two questions a lot these days:<p>Is it still a good time to buy? And if so, <i>what the heck should I buy?</i><p>The answer to the first is, undoubtedly, yes.<p>And it’s no secret what’s behind the second: according to FactSet, …

Forbes

These exquisite quilts illustrate the importance of diversification in investing

Investing is not easy.<p>The two quilts below, regularly published by John Stoltzfus, the chief investment strategist at Oppenheimer, illustrate this.<p>The first one ranks how individual asset classes have performed in each year of the past decade, while the second shows the same for S&P 500 sectors.<p>The …

Business Insider

This Gold Rally Has Recent History on Its Side

Gold has staged an impressive rebound since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates last week and reiterated that the pace of increases will accelerate. But is a rally logical?<p>Some would argue that higher rates portend faster inflation and that gold is a good hedge against inflation, thus …

Commodities

These 8.7% Dividends Have Beaten the S&P 500 for Years

Looking for a reliable benchmark for stock returns in the next decade?<p>I’ve got one for you: 7.1%.<p>I say “reliable” because that’s what the S&P 500 has returned, in price growth and dividends, over the <i>last</i> 10 years. And with that timeframe including the worst crash in living history, we can take it …

Forbes

Top 5 Things to Know in the Market on Thursday

Investing.com - Here are the top five things you need to know in financial markets on Thursday, March 23:<p><b>1. All eyes on Trump's health care …

Commodities

SEC nominee to face tough questions on Wall Street connections

For years, Jay Clayton has helped Wall Street weather run-ins with its regulators. Now, he wants to be the one that regulates them.<p>The New York lawyer's deep connections to big banks, particularly Goldman Sachs, are expected to be the focus of hours of questions Thursday as the Senate Banking …

Wall Street

Should 'Fearless Girl' stare down the Wall Street bull forever?

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> "Fearless Girl" is causing quite a stir.<p>Since the bronze statue was installed across from the Wall Street bull two weeks ago, she's drawn crowds and incited debate.<p>The statue's fans say she's an important representation of gender equality, while critics see her as little more than …

Wall Street

Opinion: Your best defensive bet is ... tech stocks?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has made a lot of headlines lately, breaking through the 20,000 mark for the first time in history last month. And though the index remains slightly above that key threshold as of this writing, you can bet the “Dow 20k” talk will return to the cable news shows after …

MarketWatch

Donald Trump has lost the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board

The WSJ’s editorial board had been moving toward Trump. Not anymore.<p>On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board published a scathing criticism of President Trump, warning that“if he doesn't show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he's a fake President.” It also …

Vox

FTSE 100 Strength Set to Remain as GBPUSD is Near Resistance

Despite a rising GBPUSD the FTSE 100 was very strong last week when profit takers moved in. If the current decline is a short term move lasting less …

Wall Street

Markets Right Now: US stocks open little changed

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):<p>9:35 a.m.<p>Stocks are barely changed as Congress continues to debate health care legislation, a key first piece of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda.<p>Technology companies are down Thursday and giving up some of the …

Associated Press

Dividend Yield Of 7.9% Sounds Great, But It Gets Even Better

Preferred shares for mortgage REITs often carry yields in the 7% to 9% range.<p>Despite heavy leverage in the portfolios, significant amounts of hedging …

Seeking Alpha

European Stocks Rise as Banks Exceed Forecast for TLTRO Loans - Bloomberg

European stocks climbed, led by mining and bank shares, as lenders borrowed more than double what was forecast under the European Central Bank’s …

Bloomberg

Stocks mixed ahead of US vote seen as Trump bellwether

TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was up 0.4 percent …

Associated Press

The Ironic Truth About Dividend Stocks

The higher dividend yields go, the bigger the gap grows between forecast yields and realized dividend yields.<p>Dividend stocks are often the foundation …

The Motley Fool

Sensex ends higher; financials lead gains

A broker laughs while speaking to a colleague, as they trade on their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files<p>REUTERS - Indian shares rose on Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak as investors saw some of the losses in the previous …

Stock Markets (India)

Canadian dollar stronger as government releases stay-the-course budget

(Reuters) - The Canadian dollar strengthened slightly against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, but barely changed after the government unveiled a stay-the-course federal budget that targeted export growth, while earlier losses were reversed as the greenback fell.<p>Canada's Liberal government's …

Reuters Canada

Why Wall Street is falling out of love with President Trump

Is President Trump's honeymoon with Wall Street finally over?<p>Immediately following the November election, everyone expected stock markets to crater …

Wall Street

Time to Look Abroad for Stock Returns?

Morning MoneyBeat is the Journal’s pre-market primer. To receive this morning newsletter via email, click here: http://on.wsj.com/MoneyBeatUSSignup<p>OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS<p>Global stocks picked up slightly Thursday, though investors were on edge ahead of a U.S. vote on a health-care bill that could be …

Wall Street

At Least 3 Dead After Terror Attack Near U.K. Parliament

An assailant slammed a car into pedestrians near the U.K. Parliament and carried out a knife attack, leaving at least three people dead and 40 injured. Police, who are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, shot dead the man believed to be the attacker. (Photo: Niki Blasina/The Wall Street …

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Bond Quotes and Performance Art

<b>Some bond market liquidity.</b><p>In 2015, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada sued Boaz Weinstein's hedge fund, Saba Capital Management, claiming that it dishonestly mis-marked some bonds in order to underpay the board on a redemption request. The lawsuit was not especially compelling …

Wall Street

What to Expect From President Trump’s SEC Nominee Confirmation Hearing

Jay Clayton, the Wall Street attorney tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will face questions on …

Wall Street

At the open: TSX flat ahead of U.S. healthcare vote

Canada’s main stock was little changed on Thursday as heavyweight financial sector shares gained, while lower oil prices weighed on the energy group.<p>The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 0.46 of a point at 15,353.58, shortly after the open. Four of the index’s 10 main groups …

The Globe and Mail

Sensex mirrors global markets upsurge to snap 3-day losing streak, jumps 164 pts at close

<b>Mumbai:</b> The benchmark Sensex Thursday rose 164 points, snapping a three-day losing run, with energy, auto, metal and capital goods stocks leading the …

Stock Markets (India)

Self-Busting Myths

I’m considering making each entry in this space for the next several weeks a continuation of the argument that today’s modern Left and the Democrat …

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Teva Pharm says media reports of up to 6,000 layoffs incorrect

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' (TA:TEVA) plans to end unprofitable activities and freeze recruitment, but said Israeli media …

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Next shares soar despite first drop in profits for eight years

Next, the former high street darling, has suffered its first fall in profits since the recession and warned that it is “extremely cautious about the year ahead”.<p>The FTSE 100 retailer said that it had been battling a “combination of economic, cyclical and internal factors working against us” that …

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