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Oil Prices: Forget a Rebound

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 9:00am

With the price of oil slashed in half since last summer, we keep hearing predictions that a reversal is waiting in the wings. Forget it. The showing of another energy product, natural gas, shows us why: Ever-improving technology keeps prices low, amid more efficient and cheaper production methods.

When Securities Diverge

Submitted by David Gratke on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:00am

One standard financial planning trope is that you should be diversified. Your stocks may drop during a bad economic spell, but your bonds will hold steady or increase in value, thus offsetting the equity slide. Alas, that hasn’t worked very well recently.

Bad Winter and the GDP

Submitted by Ray Ferrara on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 9:00am

Don't be surprised with a weak gross domestic product number out of the first quarter given the very harsh winter in some places around the country. And that may give the Federal Reserve pause from hiking interest rates. But this winter quarter shouldn’t be as nasty as last 2014’s first period.

Deflation: Yesterday’s Worry?

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:00am

Investors are worried about deflation, a debilitating curse that has dogged Japan for years and savaged the U.S. during the Great Depression. But they shouldn’t be. Today’s falling prices are far more likely to set the stage for inflation ahead, likely gentle.

Bad Idea: Always Be Invested

Submitted by Raul Elizalde on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 9:00am

Have you heard the one about how bad it is to miss the top-performing stock market days? This warning is usually coupled with the standard advice that you should be invested all the time. But the advice is wrong and the warning is simplistic.

Mid-Career Financial Checklist

Submitted by Gary Brooks on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 3:00pm

As you progress in your career, earn more and have more control over your budget, it’s time to examine your finances carefully. Here is a checklist of questions you should ask yourself during this critical time when you can shape your financial future for the rest of your life.

Hunting Oil Patch Bargains

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:00am

Now is a great time to pick up suddenly cheap oil-related assets. With the rapid decline in oil prices from a peak of around $110 a barrel to recent lows below $50, a scramble has ensued to pick up bargains in the oil patch.