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Stay Out of the Echo Chamber – Focusing on the Market Fundamentals by Pamela Rosenau of HighTower Advisors
In the middle of the recent stock market correction, I read an article emblazoned on the front page of the New York Times reporting on the market volatility and “fear.” The introductory line read, “The party is over.” This was the classic contrarian sign that we were forming an interim bottom in the correction.
Despite Volatility, This Bull Is Likely to Charge Higher by John Calamos, Gary Black of Calamos Investments
As the fourth quarter begins, the market has found itself engulfed in anxiety. Volatility has surged in the equity markets while the 10-year Treasury yield has dropped to 2%-leading some to question whether this bull market is breathing its last breath. We believe: * Global GDP growth will likely be in the 2.0%-3.0% range. * The U.S. is in the 5th or 6th inning of recovery, with slow but improving growth. * Despite the surge in volatility, this bull market has more room to run. * A balance of secular and cyclical growth companies presents the most attractive portfolio for this mid-cycle phase.
The US Mortgage Application Market Finally Wakes Up by Team of GaveKal Capital
All summer long we talked about how mortgage applications were down and couldn't get off the mat. That looks to finally be changing, at least from a refinancing point of view over the past couple of weeks. In the last two weeks the mortgage application index has increased from the 350 to 413 and has broke out of the range it has been in all year.
What’s Next for the Indian Rupee? by Bradley Krom of WisdomTree
Even before the election results were fully counted in May, Indian currency and equity markets were reacting. After touching all-time lows last year, the rupee surged on the optimism that the reform-minded Modi would push through an agenda to improve Indian economic competitiveness.
Retirement: How To Avoid Outliving Your Savings by Gary Halbert of Halbert Wealth Management
With over 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day, a pattern that will continue for the next 20 years, retirement savings continues to be one of the most important issues of our day. With 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – the “Baby Boom Generation” – saving enough for retirement is critically important.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride by Alan Hartley of Black Cypress Capital Management
Every time the stock market falls 3% or 4%, investors start to act like we’re staring at an oncoming locomotive. Though, each train has been the sort from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride–not really a train at all, just bright lights and sounds meant to scare us.
Oil Hits the Skids by Burt White of LPL Financial
We believe the oil sell-off is overdone and expect the commodity to find a floor in the low $80s. We expect firming global growth to increase the market’s confidence in global oil demand despite weakness in Europe. Energy service stocks are particularly oversold and may be attractive as the services-intensive U.S. energy renaissance continues.
The Eighth Default of Argentina by Kaisa Stucke, Bill O'Grady of Confluence Investment Management
Very few countries have seen as spectacular of a decline in its economic standing over the past 100 years as Argentina has. Argentina has been in the international headlines recently due to its sovereign debt default, the eighth default in the history of the country. This week we will look at Argentina, its long history of economic booms and busts, its political background, and its extensive chronicle of sovereign debt defaults. As always, we will conclude with market ramifications.
Loomis Sayles Core Plus Bond Fund: Navigating Dynamic Markets with Tactical Flexibility by Sponsored Content from Loomis Sayles
The global economic cycle is a perpetual force influencing interest rates, credit availability and capital markets. For core plus managers who seek to generate total return by balancing liquidity and risk, these undulations pose a clear challenge.
Help is on the Horizon to Ease Student Debt by Sponsored Content from Legg Mason
To preempt the college funding crisis that lies ahead, we must ensure that future generations avoid excessive debt. With the current path unsustainable, experts believe the partnership between 529s, colleges and government must evolve. Get a preview of tomorrow's college conversation and advisors' role in the holistic solution.
Advising Clients about When to Retire by Joe Tomlinson
Clients are often surprised to learn that delaying retirement can increase retirement income by a lot. Although each case will be different, I'll present an example to provide some general insights.
The Price We Will Pay for Cheap Oil by Richard Vodra
Suddenly in June, oil prices started dropping, reaching levels unseen since 2010. What is going on? Why does the price of oil matter to financial advisors? What might these fluctuations mean to the price and supply of oil for the rest of the decade? Isn't oil just another commodity?
How to Compete with Online Advice: The Historical Lessons by Dan Richards
Online start-ups offering low-cost investment advice have received lots of attention, not to mention over $200 million dollars in venture capital. What lessons does history offer on the likely impact of online advice? And based on what's happened in the past, how can advisors respond to this new threat?
Shift Your Focus to Gain AUM by Daniel Solin
Based on merit alone, I would entrust my own portfolio to almost every RIA that I have met. But merit is not the governing factor in most decisions.
Q3 Venerated Voices by Various
We have announced our Venerated Voices awards for commentaries published in the third quarter of 2014. Rankings were issued in three categories: The Top 25 Venerated Voices by Firm, The Top 25 Venerated Voices by Author and The Top 10 Venerated Voices by Commentary.