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WSJ Wealth Adviser Briefing: Stock Pickers Adapt, Household Wealth at Record

Adapt or die. Whenever I think of this idiom, I think of "Moneyball," the movie starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager who helped usher in baseball's focus on statistical analysis. In that movie, when faced with sticking to the status quo with a broken baseball franchise …

Finance

Stock Pickers Find a Little Relief in 2017

Here's the good news: Active mutual-fund managers aren't doing as poorly this year.<p>Here's the bad news: They're still not doing that well.<p>Between June 2016-17, 57% of actively managed large-cap funds underperformed the S&P 500, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.<p>That's a marked improvement from the …

Business

Stock Market Keeps Rallying Even as Buybacks Wane

Companies are losing one of the biggest buyers of their stock: themselves. Share repurchases among S&P 500 companies totaled about $120 billion in the April-to-June period, a drop of 9.8% from the prior quarter and down 5.8% versus the same period a year earlier, according to preliminary figures …

Markets

S&P 500 buybacks have dropped by 25% since the first quarter of 2016 - MarketWatch

It isn’t just investors who are doing less trading these days: companies seem to be as well, and have been dramatically pulling back on the amount of …

Markets

Chinese Growth Concerns Weigh Heavy On Metals

<i>By Jodie Gunzberg</i><p>Industrial metals hit multi-year highs last month with the S&P GSCI Industrial Metals Index up off its bottom nearly 60%. This was …

Markets

Steady Breeze of Stock Buybacks Wanes for Market - Bloomberg Gadfly

A crucial tail wind for the stock market's continued bull market appears to be losing its gale. And the one hope to whip it up again is looking …

Markets

‘Buyback trade’ fizzles as stock repurchases slow

The lucrative “buyback trade”, that rewarded investors who bought shares in US companies actively repurchasing their own stock, has fizzled this …

Markets

Big Vanguard ETF is making changes that may rile yield chasers

Vanguard’s $34.7 billion REIT ETF is going to change the index it tracks, but the move may not please some investors.

Investing

How To Pick The Best Asset Allocation Model

Given the preponderance of "big data," investment PhD's, and massive computing power, you would think there would be one "best" asset allocation …

Investing

Playing Catch-Up: Investors Lag Behind Corporations In Adopting Sustainability Principles

<i>By Aris Prepoudis</i><p>When I was a teenager growing up in Basel, I witnessed first-hand one of the events that put sustainability thinking on the agendas …

Business

Breaking: Trump Just Got Massive News About The Economy

Advertisement - story continues below<p>The Wall Street rally that began when President Donald Trump was elected and has surged continually since he …

Markets

S&P 500's Bull Market Gets a New Title: Third Strongest Ever

The elevation in U.S. stocks this week added a new credential to the ongoing bull market: third strongest ever.<p>While the S&P 500 Index’s rally has …

Business

The Daily Prophet: 'Risk On' Just Ain't What It Used to Be

Everyone likes to talk about how the S&P 500 Index has now gone more than a year without a 5 percent drop from a prior high. But perhaps just as …

Economy

ASX to open flat, Apple bites back

by Timothy Moore<p>Australian shares are poised to open flat at the local open, ahead of August's jobs data, as shares of Apple checked global …

Economy

S&P 500 up $2T since the election

"Call it whatever you want, but from the election the $SPX is up 16.29% (18.33% TR) or $2.04T, with income tax reform coming to bat," tweeted Howard …

Business

Obama-Trump bull market is now up 268%

The Obama-Trump bull market on Wall Street is now the second strongest ever.<p>The S&P 500 has soared 268% since bottoming in March 2009 during the depths of the Great Recession.<p>That narrowly eclipses the gains generated by the 1949-1956 bull run, according to data compiled by Bespoke Investment Group.<p>…

Markets

Market Volatility Bulletin: S&P 2500?

After a rip-roaring day higher on Monday, equities stew near all-time highs and SPX contemplates a push to 2500.<p>Potential recomposition due in 2018 …

Business

S&P And MSCI May Change The Composition Of The Telecommunications Sector

In July of this year, S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI announced they were considering making changes to the current GICS Telecommunications Sector. …

Business

Hurricane Irma Is Going to Make It Painful to Get Your Vitamin C

Prices on oranges rather than on the juice that is extracted from it could spike as the flooding and wind damages from Hurricane Irma are …

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Harvey: Effects On The Energy And High Yield Sectors

The most significant impact on stock prices will likely be from commodity prices movements.<p>Harvey has had little impact on oil and gas production …

Business

What Drives Green Bond Returns?

Green bonds finance projects with a positive environmental impact, which gives them a specific focus beyond most non-green "conventional" bonds. But …

Finance

Why it pays to take a second look at this year’s worst-performing Dividend Aristocrat stocks - MarketWatch

There are no safe bets when selecting stocks, but if you’re looking for income, a company’s track record for paying dividends might outweigh concerns …

Investing

Hurricane Irma Will Make Orange Juice Unaffordable and Destroy Your Grocery Bill

Citrus costs could rise if Hurricane Irma, which is deemed a category 5, makes landfall in certain regions of Florida, as the state heads toward …

Hurricane Irma

Carbon Exposure Of Smart Beta Indices

<i>By Kelly Tang</i><p>Carbon emission awareness has been gaining greater prominence on many market participants' radar as they continue to seek and demand …

Business

How to win buy hugging the index

There's a very good reason why so many fund managers choose to hug an index when they invest. It makes it harder to get the sack.<p>Own shares in Apple, …

Australian News

DJSI - A Temperature Gauge For Sustainability Investing

<i>By Aris Prepoudis</i><p>On September 7, the review of the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) series will be announced. Now in its 19th year, the …

Business

Why Index Funds Steer Clear of the IPO Market -- WSJ

Some experts think that may start to change<p>This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (September 5, 2017).<p>Index funds have made their presence felt in a big way in every corner of …

Investing

The Case for Nonvoting Stock

S&P Dow Jones Indices will no longer include companies that go public with multiple classes of shares on its major U.S. stock indexes, it announced in July. A few days earlier, FTSE Russell said it would bar dual-class companies from its indexes unless public shareholders hold at least 5% of the …

Opinion

Metals Never Had An August This Hot

<i>By Jodie Gunzberg</i><p>In August, the Dow Jones Commodity Index Total Return gained 0.7%, reducing its year-to-date loss to -1.4%, and the S&P GSCI Total …

Markets