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Time for Riskier Investing?

Submitted by Alan Hartley on Monday, July 27, 2015 - 9:00am

After several years of solid stock market returns, you may actually be less afraid of risk. Maybe you question your asset allocation and strongly consider more stocks and other supposedly riskier assets. When balancing the temptation of ballooning returns with prudent and tested patience, though, choose the latter.

The Coming Bond Debacle

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Monday, June 15, 2015 - 9:00am

The price volatility of government debt worldwide is worrisome – among other things because it might result in failures of bond auctions that could harm global markets. Even scarier is the widespread use of derivatives to hedge the risk of this debt, meaning the fallout could be still worse should this insurance fail to pay off.

Stocks Up, Bonds Down?

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:00am

Since the financial crisis, when both stocks and bond prices took a pounding, the normal pattern returned: Stocks zig when bonds zag. That usually meant that trouble in the world tanked stocks and buoyed bonds, particularly Treasuries. Nowadays, though, stocks and bonds may end up trading places.

Bond Ladders for Stocks?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Wall Street remains (more or less) consistently up and interest rates stay stubbornly down. If you want to follow conventional wisdom and balance stocks and bonds in your portfolio, what can you do to make predictable money on your holdings?