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Counting my blessings (instead of sheep)

By Brian Kilb
I’m taking Bing Crosby’s advice in the movie “White Christmas” by counting my many blessings as the year 2017 ends. If one’s blessings come in the form of portfolio returns, then most of us can consider it quite a year as performance for both stocks and bonds across the globe exceeded expectations.

Thankful investors, don’t overlook bonds

By Kyle Tetting
It’s too early to put a bow on what has been an encouraging year for investors, but in the spirit of the season, there is much to be thankful for. Synchronous economic expansion has given rise to double-digit returns in global stock markets. Rising asset prices – both stocks and housing – have boosted investor confidence, which has been further supported by strong corporate earnings and forecasts for continued growth. Lost in the stock market euphoria, though, many investors are overlooking a good year for bonds.

Taking precautions amid stock run

By Kyle Tetting
Through more than three quarters of 2017, returns on stocks have impressed. The S&P 500 has set new record highs, on average, every fourth trading day this year. But, years removed from any real statement shock, we run the risk of projecting impressive returns too far into the future. In recent years, big gains have added to stock exposure for investors. That should continue to play well in a market favorable to stocks, but the way forward will likely look different than the way we’ve come.

Valuing Investments: Price-Earnings Ratio

Investors weighing whether to buy, sell or hold stocks can use the price-earnings ratio to put an objective value on the investments. Dave Sandstrom explains in a MONEY TALK VIDEO that it’s a tool better used for the broader market than individual securities. He also says be sure what kind of P/E you’re using. […]

Anticipating the return of volatility

By Kyle Tetting
Through eight months of trading in 2017, the S&P 500 has experienced a daily price movement of 1% or more (up or down) just seven times. Seven is far below the historical average, accounting for less than 5% of the trading days so far this year. Since 1950, 20% of trading days had a price movement of 1% or more.
A short-term rise in volatility can speak to fear or greed or expectations for the good and bad that might occur, but the general lack of volatility also tells a story.

Midyear 2017 investment outlook

For all the new-year anticipation of what possibly could affect financial markets in 2017, the fundamental forces of corporate earnings and interest rates have prevailed so far. In a Money Talk Video, Brian Kilb and Kyle Tetting explain some of the factors investors could be facing in the months ahead.

Waiting for Volatility

By Kyle Tetting
A year ago – in what was an unexpected result – British voters elected to leave the European Union. The immediate aftermath was severe. It also was short-lived.
For investors, the volatility stirred by the Brexit vote offers several important lessons.

Investing amid synchronized global growth

As global growth is synchronizing, Marc Amateis explains in a MONEY TALK VIDEO why it’s time for investors to review their international exposure. […]

Federal Reserve Holdings: What to know

Marc Amateis explains in a MONEY TALK VIDEO what investors might expect as the Federal Reserve looks at starting to unwind more than $4 trillion in bond holdings it amassed while trying to stimulate the U.S. economy following the 2008 financial collapse. […]

Concentrated gains, broad participation

By Kyle Tetting
U.S. stocks have had an impressive run since the start of the year. In the first 100 trading days of 2017 (through May 25), the S&P 500 is up 8.7%, including dividends. On 19 of those 100 trading days, the broad market index closed at new record highs. Driving those returns have been some interesting developments.

Different stories for economy, stocks

By Kyle Tetting
Depending on how you measure, investors might be watching two very different stories developing. One story is of weak economic growth. The other involves stronger forecasts for corporate earnings. Digging into the data can help clarify the picture.

Reflation trade’s effects on investors

Expectations for faster inflation helped boost stocks since November. Kyle Tetting warns that expectations aren’t always met, though, so investors should stay balanced. In a MONEY TALK VIDEO, Kyle explains that it’s important to understand what’s known as reflation trade – and not to overreact. […]

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