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Gauging Freedom Investing

Submitted by David John Marotta on Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:00am

Investors who concentrate in American stocks are hobbling themselves because the U.S. ranks just 12th in the world for economic freedom. They can do better overseas in nations devoted to these freedom principals, such as limited government, the rule of law, open markets and regulatory efficiency.

2 Market Warning Signs

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am

In Indiana, where I live, we are familiar with weather warnings. A lovely day can instantly turn into a tornado. Similarly, in stock investing this summer, there are two warning signals to heed – lack of breadth and a gap between sector performance.

The Innovation Factor

Submitted by Nick Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 9:00am

Innovation is becoming an increasingly powerful factor in explaining stock performance. That often means technology or biotechnology companies. An examination of various stock indexes shows just how valuable the innovative spirit is.

Smart Beta’s Success: Why?

Submitted by Matthew Tuttle on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 9:00am

Smart beta strategies are hot. These index products seek to outdo traditional passive indexes by using alternative – and presumably wiser – methods of constructing their portfolios. Lately, smart beta ETFs are beating conventional index funds in performance. As smart beta is oriented to small value stocks, odds are this trend should keep going long term.

Anatomy of a Hot ETF

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Friday, June 12, 2015 - 9:00am

ETFs are all the rage lately, as most of them follow well-known indexes, cost very little and are easy to trade. But a new variety is making a splash, so called smart-beta ETFs, which use algorithms to concoct asset mixes designed to beat the market. Let’s check out one of the hottest new entries and weigh its advantages (good performance) against its weaknesses (vulnerability to a drooping market).

Africa: Untapped Potential

Submitted by Dan Crimmins on Monday, June 1, 2015 - 9:00am

Investing is Africa has long seemed like a promising, if perilous, bet. But its potential always fizzled, due to its wars, political instability and corruption. Now, though, we may be on the verge of when it makes sense to try out the continent, with a landmass three times the size of the U.S., albeit in a cautious way.

Sports Picks and Investing

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

Guess right with men’s college basketball champ Duke Blue Devils? Think the Golden State Warriors will take it all this June in professional hoops? If you’re among the millions of fans who systematically try to pinpoint winners before the big games, similar strategies can also apply to your stock picks.

Why Dividend Stocks Are Off

Submitted by Matthew Tuttle on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 9:00am

At some point this year, interest rates should go up. What will happen then to dividend-paying stocks? Because they benefited when fixed-income rates were low, they will dip – and some already have, in anticipation. Over the long pull, however, dividend payers do well.