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Time for Riskier Investing?

Submitted by Alan Hartley on Monday, July 27, 2015 - 9:00am

After several years of solid stock market returns, you may actually be less afraid of risk. Maybe you question your asset allocation and strongly consider more stocks and other supposedly riskier assets. When balancing the temptation of ballooning returns with prudent and tested patience, though, choose the latter.

The Fed Hogs the Spotlight

Submitted by Kevin Flynn on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 9:00am

Our central bank, once the institution that rarely spoke, now is verbose to the point that its governors don't seem to know when to shut up. Thus we now have an investment community permanently fixated on Federal Reserve policy as the key to everything.

Buyback & Payout Blues

Submitted by Ray Ferrara on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 9:00am

Rewarding shareholders with stock buybacks and dividend payouts, at the expense of capital spending, is very popular in corporate America. You can see its investor appeal – activist groups are continually pushing for these awards. But this trend is worrisome, dispensing goodies in the present instead of building for the future.

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.