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.
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.
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.
The current stock market, despite volatility of individual days, seems poised to make a run past old highs. How long can this up cycle last? Maybe about a year, then that’s it. Here’s why.
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.
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.
Amid good U.S. economic news and lower oil prices, growth stocks are finally showing a recovery.
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.
The market is unpredictable, however much you want to believe otherwise. Instead of trying (and failing) to time your entry and exit, you should structure a portfolio ahead of time that better handles market swings.
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.