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    Personal Finance Guides

    You Can Own a Piece of the Entire Stock Market—Here’s How

    By Adam Goodpasture
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    Fund Managers

    What S&P 500 Index Moving Averages Could Indicate

    The S&P 500 Index is trading 1.2% above its 20-day moving average and 6% above its 100-day moving average.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rising Stocks: Why It May Not Be Time for the Jitters

    Rising stocks have been buoyed by various factors, including the accommodative monetary policy of the Federal Reserve and robust US corporate earnings.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Did the US Federal Reserve Turn Hawkish at Its June Meeting?

    As expected, the Federal Reserve increased the interest rate by 25 basis points after its June meeting, which concluded on June 13.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Financials

    Will We See a Recession within the Next 2 Years?

    In a recent interview, Jim Rogers said, “I’m on record as saying that we’re going to have a recession certainly within a year or two.”

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Technology & Communications

    Fed’s twin targets—are negative real interest rates needed?

    The Federal budget deficit (the difference between budget collections and the government’s commitments) has also been a key source of uncertainty to both businesses and households.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Fund Managers

    Why Larry Fink Thinks Markets Could See Some Setbacks

    In a recent interview with CNBC, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock (BLK), shared his views on market movement, the US economy, and the dangerous impact of the lower interest rates.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Financials

    Important releases hone in on rates and consumer spending

    The hottest topic for market players right now is the interest rate hike. Last week’s labor releases spurred the recovery. Many investors had thought the recovery was flagging.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Investors Are Optimistic about Tech Stocks

    The tech sector’s competitive edge So far in this series, we’ve discussed the potential effects of Trump’s proposed tax reform on prominent tech stocks such as Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), and Amazon (AMZN). Tech companies continue to be preferred by investors due to their proprietary technological expertise and large cash balances. Their technical […]

    By Anne Shields
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    Earnings Report

    What Drove Microsoft Stock to Touch an All-Time High

    On July 21, Microsoft (MSFT) stock crossed $74.3, its all-time high since the company became public in 1986.

    By Anne Shields
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    Real Insights

    Are Tougher Days ahead for Global Equities?

    The IMF revealed that emerging Asia is expected to grow ~6.5% in 2018 and 2019.

    By VanEck
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    Financials

    Why Buffett Believes US Businesses Aren’t Really Hurting from the US Corporate Tax

    The US economy has been improving gradually, but some businesses in the US have suffered a lot over the years.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Real US Rates Have Been Climbing

    Real US rates have been climbing, while rates are falling in much of the rest of the world. As Russ explains, this divergence has a number of implications for investors.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Fed Rate Liftoff: Not Much Is Likely to Change

    So now that the Fed rate liftoff has finally arrived, should you flee to market sidelines? If you can believe history, the answer is an emphatic no.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Israeli Stocks Look Attractive

    Israeli stocks (ISL) are trading at attractive valuations. The Tel Aviv 25 Index is trading at 15.7 times its trailing-12-month earnings.

    By Aberdeen Closed-End Funds
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    Basic Materials

    What Are Lowe’s Supply Chain and Inventory Management Policies?

    Lowe’s inventory turnover came in at 4.1x in fiscal 2015 compared to 4.9x for Home Depot (HD).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Structural Considerations Could Mean Lower Yields in the Future

    Many structural considerations are likely to keep yields low in the future. Demand for Treasuries and bonds is likely to be more than the supply in the next two years.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Energy & Utilities

    A guide to Yellen’s Delphic speech and the Odyssean FOMC guidance

    In this article, we’ll discuss how the Fed’s Odyssean and Delphic guidance in March has impacted financial markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Healthcare

    REITs 101: Understanding this Investment Vehicle

    In this series, we’ll get down to the brass tacks of investing in the REIT sector, the market’s current landscape, and the benefits you can expect from this type of investment.

    By Michael Orzano
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Could Hamper the Momentum in US Steel Prices?

    Due to a seasonal uptick in steel demand and better-than-expected demand from the construction sector, Chinese steel prices got a boost.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will S&P 500 Rally Continue?

    Major US indexes showed positive movement after the announcement of US election results, and this rally has continued throughout the last month.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Financials

    When geopolitical risk takes precedence over interest rate risk

    The total returns on municipal debt came in at 3.32% in the first quarter of 2014, as measured by the Barclays Municipal Bond Index.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Profitability Improves But Still Trails the Competition

    Despite Nike’s expanding margin and improved operating profitability, its margin and profitability still trail peers Under Armour and Lululemon Athletica.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bill Gross Shuns the Taylor Rule and the Phillips Curve

    The Taylor rule is a backward-looking model used to determine short-term interest rates in an economy. Bill Gross prefers a corollary to Gresham’s law.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Did the German 2s30s Spread Dip on Quantitative Easing?

    The 2s30s spread is the difference between the yield on the 30-year bond (TLT) and the yield on the two-year bond (SHY).

    By Jeffrey Rosenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can Global Markets Continue to Surge?

    Since the start of the year, global markets have recovered well. The S&P 500 has risen 15.5%, emerging markets have risen 17.2%, and developed markets have risen 13.2%.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Fund Managers

    How Bill Ackman Is Taking Shelter from a Potential Market Drop

    Bill Ackman, an activist investor and the CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, shared his views on how geopolitical risk could affect market movement (SPY) in a CNBC report.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Financials

    Why are junk bond yields the lowest ever on record?

    The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Index increased by 0.34% over the week ending June 20, and is up by 5.64% so far this year (up to June 20).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A quick look into the most indebted country in Europe: Greece

    On November 14, 2014, Greece’s economy finally registered some growth and emerged from recession. The economy expanded by 1.7% in Q314, compared to 3Q13.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Rich Valuations and Higher Rates Lead to Poor Stock Returns

    Rich valuations and higher rates are a lethal combination for stocks. Over the longer term, multiple expansion and tightening lead to negative returns.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Miscellaneous

    Why the Bottom for Gold Could Be Close

    The SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) has fallen ~8.4% year-to-date and ~11.5% from its April peak.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Financials

    We’re in ‘an Environment of Abnormally Slow Growth,’ Says Dalio

    This isn’t a normal business cycle Billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman said, “the stock market is the story of cycles and of the human behavior that is responsible for overreactions in both directions.” Ray Dalio believes that this isn’t a normal business cycle. In our April 2015 series Business Cycle Investing: What Should You Look […]

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining US unemployment rate a boost to the economy

    The US unemployment rate is now two times lower than it is in the Eurozone, where the jobless rate currently sits at 11.2%.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Consumer

    ISM shows the highest non-manufacturing growth since August 2013

    The Institute for Supply Management (or ISM) released the services Purchasing Managers Index (or PMI) report for April on Monday, May 5.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: Charles Evans discusses monetary policy in Istanbul

    The Fed’s main policy tool, the funds rate, has been at near zero levels since December, 2008.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Tech Sector’s Buybacks Fell despite Microsoft’s $40 Billion Plan

    The IT (information technology) sector is still the biggest spending sector on share buybacks in 2Q16, the way it was in 1Q16.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    REITs 101: Understanding this Vehicle

    By Michael Orzano, Director, Global Equity Indices Publicly traded property stocks, including real estate investment trusts (or REITs) and real estate operating companies (or REOCs), allow investors to gain exposure to real estate, which is generally an illiquid asset class, without sacrificing the liquidity benefits of listed equities. They also typically offer higher yields than […]

    By Michael Orzano
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the FOMC, BoJ, and EBA Will Drive Markets This Week

    In terms of the major macro data release from the United States (VOO) (QQQ), it would be the FOMC monetary policy release on July 27. 2016.

    By David Meyer
  • Technology & Communications

    Must-know: Unusual outcomes arising from low interest rates

    When real interest rates decline, the prices of long-term bonds increase because bond yields and prices move in opposite directions.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the August Jobs Report Soften the Fed’s Rate Hike Urgency?

    During the Jackson Hole Symposium, the Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen, already hinted that if the August jobs report provided a strong performance, there was a chance for a rate hike during its September 2016 meeting.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wall Street Maintains ‘Strong Buy’ Recommendation for Stryker

    Analysts’ recommendations Stryker (SYK) has registered strong results over the last few quarters and has been expanding at a fast pace through organic and inorganic growth. The company has made a number of acquisitions and expanded its market presence across product lines and regions. Its most recent earnings results were reported on October 26, 2017. For details, read […]

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which International Opportunities Is Lowe’s Betting On?

    Lowe’s (LOW) operates stores in the select international markets of Canada and Mexico.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Industrial Sector Hit Hard by Currency Wars

    The industrial sector accounts for about 12.5% of total US GDP. It’s also a main source of demand for goods and services in other sectors of the economy.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Energy & Utilities

    Consider these must-know demand trends for ETFs like SPY

    Exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) of companies based in the U.S. saw strong growth of 33% in 2013, with $1.6 trillion in total assets by year end.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Fund Managers

    What Bill Miller Thinks about Valeant Pharmaceuticals

    According to Bill Miller, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) is correctly valued.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Industrials

    John Williams outlines the must-know signs pointing to a recovery

    Dr. John Williams, president and CEO of the San Francisco Fed, spoke on the normalization of monetary policy and monetary tightening in a presentation to the Association of Trade & Forfaiting in the Americas in San Francisco on Thursday, May 22.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Outlook: The 2016 Dogs of the Dow

    The 2016 Dogs of the Dow are based on dividend yields measured on December 31, 2015. KO, GE, and MCD have been replaced by Walmart (WMT), Cisco Systems (CSCO), and IBM (IBM).

    By Shelly Vinson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How You Can Win More By Losing Less

    Most investors focus much of their time on picking assets that have the potential to win. However, limiting downside risk is just as important.

    By Dennis Stattman
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Implications of Depreciating Latin American Currencies

    Latin American currencies have depreciated against the dollar since 2014. The Argentine peso is one of the most beaten up currencies in the region, having lost 27% in this period.

    By BlackRock
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    Financials

    Is the simple life cycle model practical in the current scenario?

    Being a large capitalist economy with relatively smoothly functioning markets, some degree of inequality is expected.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Higher Correlations Between Risky Assets Don’t Bode Well

    Increasing correlations between risky assets could leave your portfolio vulnerable.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AbbVie’s Humira Continues to Generate High Revenues

    In 2Q17, AbbVie’s (ABBV) Humira generated revenues of $4.7 billion, which was a 14.0% rise YoY (year-over-year) and a 15.0% rise QoQ (quarter-over-quarter).

    By Daniel Collins
  • Financials

    Must-know: Fisher’s stance at future FOMC meetings this year

    Fostering price stability is one of the Fed’s most important goals.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Industrials

    Factory orders race ahead, driving companies like Union Pacific

    The US Census Bureau will release the factory orders report for March on Friday, May 2. The Bureau already released an advance report on factory orders and shipments for March last week.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Producer Price Index Fell: Difficult Path ahead for the Fed

    On April 13, the U.S. Department of Labor declared that its producer price index fell 0.1% in March—compared to a 0.2% drop in February.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Pfizer’s Vaccine Franchise Is Positioned in 2017

    In 2016, Pfizer’s (PFE) Prevnar 13 reported revenues of ~$5.7 billion, which reflected a ~8% decline on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Fund Managers

    Why Marc Faber Believes US Economic Growth Is Weakening

    In 1Q17, the US economy saw a growth rate of 1.2%, according to the report provided by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did the January Jobs Report Improve Confidence in the US Economy?

    The January jobs report indicated a strong improvement in the labor market.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    FOMC’s June Meeting Moved Markets

    In the June FOMC meeting, the weighted average forecast was much lower at ~70 basis points. Both stocks and bonds rallied after the meeting.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Have Treasury Yields Risen?

    The US Treasury (TLT)(GOVT) yields have been driven mainly by the Greek debt fiasco and central bank actions. Yields started falling early this year.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    The Dallas Fed’s Richard Fisher shares key forward guidance

    The Fed’s tapering of monthly asset purchases is expected to end this fall. Markets are closely watching for developments on the Fed front as to when the base rate might rise.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Is qualitative forward guidance better than no guidance at all?

    At the recently concluded Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Fed said it would remove the quantitative thresholds from its policy statement.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    This week’s releases are key to the Fed funds rate and yield curve

    This week, Wednesday to Friday is crammed with economic releases, many of which will be key data points for the Fed’s April FOMC and have a significant impact on the Fed funds rate and the yield curve.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why Fed policies influence inflation but not employment long-term

    In this part of the series, we’ll discuss Mester’s views on how monetary policy decisions impact the Fed’s dual mandate of ensuring price stability.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Key drivers for Treasury yields after the June FOMC release

    The Fed’s third Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) meeting of the year took place June 17–18. Always a market-moving event.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Overview: Chicago Fed’s National Activity Index report, May, 2014

    Unlike the regional manufacturing surveys conducted by the Federal Reserve Banks of other districts, the CFNAI is a nation-wide measure.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Corporate debt trends—have high yield investors had enough?

    However, corporate borrowers in the primary markets continued to take advantage of the low yields environment.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    A key preview of retail indicators due for release this week

    Last week, both the ICSC–Goldman Sachs Retail Chain Store Sales Index and the Johnson Redbook index recorded strong year-on-year gains.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Analyzing secondary trends in high yield debt securities

    Investor flows into high yield (HYG) mutual funds reversed their trend in the week ended June 27. High yield (JNK) mutual funds recorded net inflows of $619 million in the week

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Analyzing the Redbook and ICSC-Goldman retail sales indices

    Retail sales, excluding food services, make up about 27% of the total U.S. GDP. They’re an important driver for economic growth. An uptick in retail sales usually means upside for broad-based equity markets like the S&P 500 Index.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why external factors affect ISM’s purchasing managers’ index

    The ISM will release the manufacturing PMI for August on September 2. The PMI is a composite measure of economic activity. It’s based on surveys of private-sector firms.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    How daily re-balancing affects returns on leveraged ETFs

    Leveraged ETFs seek to provide a certain multiple (generally 2x or 3x) of daily returns on the underlying index. The daily movements in the underlying index and subsequent changes in ETF exposure may mean the ETF manager needs to rebalance the portfolio daily.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    Why high-grade and high-yield markets assess risks before FOMC

    Generally, bond yields increase when the economy is expanding because the central bank will likely raise rates sooner rather than later—the demand for financing for funding new projects also increases which generally tends to increase rates.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Does Falling Corporate Profitability Signal a Recession?

    Falling profitability of US companies has Joe LaVorgna, chief US economist for Deutsche Bank Securities, feeling a bit pessimistic about the economy.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why 1 + 1 doesn’t equal 2 when it comes to leveraged ETFs like SSO

    The reality seems to be different due to the phenomenon of compounding at play. Let’s look at the following three cases to understand how compounding works in leveraged ETFs.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    4 must-know drawbacks to investing in leveraged ETFs like SSO

    Leveraged ETFs are inherently riskier than traditional ETFs, as they use borrowings and complex derivatives to generate a return in multiples of an benchmark index.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Consumer

    Lowe’s $2.3 Billion Rona Acquisition: A Fair Price for Growth?

    Lowe’s (LOW), announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canada’s largest home improvement retailer, Rona (RON.TO).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Is the Financialization of Education Leading to a US Bubble?

    The financialization of education, especially in the United States (IWF) (IWD), has led to an important and emergent risk to the country’s economic future.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    The $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Bubble

    The rise in the balance of student debt has been driven by an increase in the number of borrowers and a rise in the average debt by each student.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Millennials or Baby Boomers: Who’s Affected Most by Student Debt?

    The Baby Boomer generation has also been increasingly contributing to the student debt crisis.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    US Nominal GDP Seems to Be Signaling a Recession

    During his latest webcast, “Turning Points,” Jeffrey Gundlach presented a chart that seems to be signaling a recession in the making.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Do the Markets Support a Rate Hike?

    Back in November 2015, Gundlach presented what he called “the most bearish chart of the US economy” during a webcast.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Gundlach Says This Chart Is ‘Early Warning Indicator’ of Recession

    Jeffrey Gundlach seems quite bearish in his views about the US economy (IWM) (QQQ).

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Ray Dalio: ‘Risks Are Asymmetric on the Downside’

    “Risks are asymmetric on the downside” On the economy, Ray Dalio stated that “the risks are asymmetric on the downside, because asset prices are comparatively high at the same time there’s not an ability to ease.” Courtesy of the current global monetary policy’s low interest rates, asset prices are artificially inflated—so much so that they’ve […]

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Where Are We in the Debt Cycle?

    Ray Dalio doesn’t see abrupt crisis Back in 2007, Ray Dalio’s economic principles template “signaled that we were in a bubble and a debt crisis lay ahead.” However, Dalio doesn’t “see such an abrupt crisis in the immediate future.” He has provided two reasons he holds this belief. “Most economies are near the mid-points of the […]

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Why Clinton and Trump Believe Their Plans Could Create Jobs

    At the third presidential debate on October 19, 2016, Chris Wallace asked the two presidential candidates why they believe their plans could create jobs and growth.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Clinton or Trump: Who Would Add More to Debt Burden in 10 Years?

    According to the CRFB, Hillary Clinton’s plan would increase public debt in the United States (IVV) (VOO) by about $200 billion over the next ten years

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Bill Gross Says We Shouldn’t Expect a ‘New Trump Bull Market’

    In his investment outlook for November 2016, Bill Gross advises investors to be prepared for lower stock earnings and PE (price-to-earnings) ratios in the future.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why the high-yield debt issuance in 2014 overtook 2013 levels

    A key factor influencing issuance this year may have been the lower average yields on high-yield debt in the first half of 2014, compared to 2013.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Assessing demand fundamentals for the latest T-bond auctions

    The 30-year T-Bond auction was a reopening of May’s 30-year bond issue. The underlying 30-year T-Bond was auctioned on May 8 at a coupon of 3.375% to mature on May 15, 2044.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Issuers like Wells Fargo and Verizon take advantage of low yields

    Major deals included debt issues by Wells Fargo (WFC), Baidu, AT&T, and Verizon (VZ).

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Lessons from the $2 billion issue at Target

    Target (TGT) made a two-part $2 billion offering. The retailer issued $1 billion each in five-year and ten-year notes, in order to refinance about $1 billion in existing debt.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Industrials

    Why do key purchasing managers’ index readings move markets?

    In this series, we’ll focus on the manufacturing PMI issued by three major institutions, measuring manufacturing activity in the U.S.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Technology & Communications

    How daily compounding works in case of inverse and leveraged ETFs?

    If SPY rises 5% each on two consecutive days, SSO will rise 10% each day due to the 2x leverage achieved using derivative products and external borrowings. While the compounding works even for SPY, it’s magnified in SSO due to the 2x multiplier effect.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    Bond investing: Key risks and strategies to boost your portfolio

    As with all investments, fixed income investments are subject to risks too. Bond prices increase when interest rates decline and decline when interest rates increase.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Why apparel sales may boost April earnings for retailers like Gap

    Both the International Council of Shopping Centers (or ICSC) Goldman Sachs Store Sales report and the Johnson Redbook Index report for the week ended April 5 will be released on Tuesday, April 8.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    How firms’ inflation expectations impact the Fed’s mandate

    Other factors remaining constant, the higher the expected rate of inflation, the higher the required rates of return on both debt (AGG) and equity (VOO) investments, and vice versa.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    VF Corporation Beats 2Q15 Estimates after Three Straight Misses

    VF Corporation (VFC) released its 2Q15 earnings on July 24, coming in ahead of Wall Street estimates on both earnings and revenue after three quarters of misses.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the World’s Largest Hedge Fund Right about Equity Valuations?

    In its research, Bridgewater Associates has argued that the current margins in the US corporate sector aren’t sustainable.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    BAML Survey: How Are Global Fund Managers Positioned?

    BAML conducted a survey that polled 187 global investors with $547 billion in total assets under management between April 5 and April 11.

    By Anuradha Garg
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