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Handling Market Turmoil

Submitted by Eve Kaplan on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Stoicism amid market turmoil comes hard when a tsunami of dire investment headlines and plunging prices hits you, as we’ve seen in the last few days. Your financial future rides on Wall Street. What should you do?

The Fed and Its Broken Record

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 9:00am

The Fed likes to keep people in the dark about when it will raise interest rates. Will this occur at their September meeting? October? December? To further the obfuscation, the board barely bothers to change the language in Fed monthly missives, which are supposed to discuss the factors that will compel it to finally act.

Sliding Revenue = More M&A

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

Slumping corporate revenues are a big factor in the current merger boom, lifting stock prices that otherwise would reflect a downbeat reality. This is artificial stimulation, though, and cannot last. Nothing beats escalating revenue as a profit elixir.

Cash: Perils and Promises

Submitted by Ray Ferrara on Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 9:00am

Cold, hard cash has a certain cache. A hoard of it allows people to do big things, whether wise or foolish. A lack of it causes pain, often widespread pain. Nevertheless, in this age of cyber-security breaches, cash has an advantage over other forms of payment.

Signs of Economic Distress?

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:00am

An uneasy stocks market, tumbling commodity prices, rising junk bond yields – are these signs of economic weakness? Despite what the doom-criers may believe, not at all. There are plenty of positive indicators to more than offset such dispiriting signals.

How Do You Handle Risk?

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

To manage risk, you must define what risks worry you and then discuss your concerns will all interested parties, especially with your financial advisor. Everyone should be on the same page.

Why High Turnover Is Bad

Submitted by David John Marotta on Monday, August 17, 2015 - 9:00am

A high turnover rate is not something you want in a stock fund. Let’s look at performance numbers to see why. When fund managers frequently trade a stock fund, it produces lower returns than if they trade less than 15% each year.