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Bull Market: More to Run

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:00am

For the past three months, the Standard & Poor’s 500 has churned sideways. Is that a bad portent? Not at all. The outlook is for higher prices, if you look at three indicators: the relationship between inflation and market value (known as the Rule of 20), the S&P 500’s earnings/price yield and energetic merger activity.

10 Forecasts for 2015

Submitted by Wes Moss on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:00am

We’re deep into the year’s first quarter, and it’s time for some predictions to guide investing. Such as: U.S. growth more muted, others weak, stocks up, inflation still low, interest rates up, tech on fire.

Of course, forecasts have a disturbing tendency to look foolish in retrospect, so we go about this exercise with all due humility.

Why Long-Term Is Hard

Submitted by Jason Lina on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 9:00am

Market turbulence, as the January downturn shows, tempts impatient investors to do foolish things. Trouble is, too many of us are hard-wired to opt for instant gratification and forsake long-term strategies – as the famous marshmallow experiment shows.

Why the Bull Market Is Toast

Submitted by David Gratke on Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:00am

The market is off to a shaky start this year, and wobbly overseas economies get much of the blame. Will the downturn continue, and the six-year-old bull market expire? Yes. Too-high valuations and falling investor risk appetite signal that.

Corporate Revenues: Rising?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 9:00am

Since the financial crisis, corporate America has posted surging earnings and lagging revenue growth. That is not a good thing for the long term. But given the pickup in the U.S. economy, we may be on the brink of a revenue resurgence – finally.

A High Dow? No Big Deal

Submitted by Roger Wohlner on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 9:00am

A record-breaking Dow Jones Industrial Average always makes all the headlines and gets everyone excited, but what does it means for you? Nothing but a reminder to focus on your investment portfolio.

Focus on Just the S&P 500?

Submitted by Gary Brooks on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:00am

A conventional piece of investing advice is to put most of your money into broad market index funds, like the one tracking the Standard & Poor’s 500. But few people invest solely in the S&P 500 or solely in U.S. stocks.