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The Virtue of Staying Put

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 9:00am

The psychological urge to move on is ingrained in the American character. As investors, this compulsion does us no favors when the stock market is hot and we chase the top performers, or when it’s plunging and we flee longstanding holdings.

Is China Washed Up? Hardly

Submitted by Mark Foley and Tina Larsson on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 9:00am

China is headed for the dumper. So goes the negative chorus on the world’s second largest economy. Slowing growth, horrible air pollution, a real estate bubble – the reasons given for the country’s demise are numerous. But despite China’s woes, its prospects remain bright.

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.

The Market Rally Quiz

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 9:00am

Although the stock market hasn’t advanced much this year and is ebbing lately, it still has hit new highs. Considering that economic news is up and down, why is that? Let’s take a simple quiz and answer the following multiple-choice question.

Funds: Similar; Results: Not

Submitted by Jared Kizer on Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9:00am

Fortunes change for mutual funds, even the best ones. That’s true for funds that seem to be alike. Subtle differences, however, can spell a noteworthy divergence in performance. A case in point is the contrast between good funds from Dimensional Fund Advisors and Vanguard Investments.

Fed Boost Ends, Not Bull Run

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

The Federal Reserve is done with its stimulus program, which buoyed the U.S. stock market. But elsewhere in the world, central banks are just getting started. And that should have a salutary spillover for American stocks.

How to Ride a Rate Storm

Submitted by Todd Jones on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 9:00am

What can a rock ’n’ roll classic teach us about investing? Plenty, if the turbulence of rising interest rates hits Wall Street. Here are possible effects on some market sectors and suggestions for your best countermoves, especially in terms of bonds.

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