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A Client’s Best Interest: What to Know About the New Department of Labor Rule

A Client’s Best Interest: What to Know About the New Department of Labor Rule

Starting next April, it should become official: When providing investment advice for a fee or other compensation to retirement account clients, the financial services industry will be required by the Department of Labor Conflict of Interest Rule to provide advice with their clients’ best interests in mind. Brokerage firms have long been operating under ...

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Real Estate: The New Twist on Portfolio Diversification
November 22, 2016

Real Estate: The New Twist on Portfolio Diversification

Move on over, stocks and bonds: there’s a new kid on the block and its name is real estate. In a historic move this fall, the folks at S&P Dow Jones Indices ...

President-Elect Trump and Your Portfolio
November 21, 2016

President-Elect Trump and Your Portfolio

In a constantly changing world filled with uncertainty, it’s a good idea to examine your portfolio on a regular basis – especially after a significant event like the...

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Auto Sales and Loans at Record Highs: Is a Bubble Looming?
November 16, 2016

Auto Sales and Loans at Record Highs: Is a Bubble Looming?

The auto industry has been propelled into record sales territory thanks to slow but solid economic growth, the post-recovery pent-up demand for new cars, and new ...

Keep to the Course: The Risks of Not Staying Invested
November 16, 2016

Keep to the Course: The Risks of Not Staying Invested

Today's real-time relay of stock price information is positive, but it can be negative too. For long-term stock investors, it can cause some unnecessary ...

Profiles in Uncertainty: Election Night Lesson in Market Dynamics
November 10, 2016

Profiles in Uncertainty: Election Night Lesson in Market Dynamics

Capital markets are, for the most part, resilient. But one thing they cannot stand is uncertainty. As election night unfolded, uncertainty reigned, and markets reeled. ...

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Opportunity and Risk: Your Post-Election Trading/Investing Guide
November 8, 2016

Opportunity and Risk: Your Post-Election Trading/Investing Guide

By Wednesday November 9, Americans will likely have selected a new president. As the votes are tallied, investors and traders can use the time to be proactive ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for October 2016
November 7, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for October 2016

For the third-straight month and sixth in the last seven, retail traders were net buyers of stocks in October, according to the Investor Movement Index®.

Elections: Can the President Influence the Fed, Interest Rates?
November 7, 2016

Elections: Can the President Influence the Fed, Interest Rates?

A presidential candidate criticizes the Federal Reserve, saying its conservative interest rate policies hurt his election chances and favor his opponent. No...

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Do Markets Care Who Controls the White House, Congress?
October 31, 2016

Do Markets Care Who Controls the White House, Congress?

It’s a familiar question, asked just about every election year: Does the stock market perform better under Democratic or Republican control of Washington?

Finding Trade Candidates on the 52-Week-High List
October 27, 2016

Finding Trade Candidates on the 52-Week-High List

The lifeblood of a successful trader is a strong, steady stream of trade ideas, and the better your source, the easier it is find good candidates. So what’s the best ...

Down to Essentials: Professional Investment Management at a Lower Cost
October 27, 2016

Down to Essentials: Professional Investment Management at a Lower Cost

Long-term investors looking for a lower-cost digital-first platform may want to try automated investing...

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Conference Board LEI: A Recession Indicator?
October 25, 2016

Conference Board LEI: A Recession Indicator?

Many stock investors search high and low for the holy grail of economic enlightenment – a guiding light that can deliver a full economic snapshot in a single number.

Let Your Money Work For You, Avoid Tuition Sticker Shock Later
October 19, 2016

Let Your Money Work For You, Avoid Tuition Sticker Shock Later

It's no secret the cost of a four-year diploma keeps climbing. You might think about carving out some time to set up a 529 college savings plan.

Spooky Sales Spike on Halloween, May Hint at Strong Christmas
October 17, 2016

Spooky Sales Spike on Halloween, May Hint at Strong Christmas

Looking for that perfect Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton mask to scare friends with this Halloween? Stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters? So are a lot of people, it ...

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Online, Mobile Shopping: Help or Hurt Brick-and-Mortar Retailers?
October 12, 2016

Online, Mobile Shopping: Help or Hurt Brick-and-Mortar Retailers?

Contrary to popular belief, there will be no death marches for the traditional shopping center of yore. But there will be small and notable burials here and there ...

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