Four reasons to ignore market timing and focus on happiness

August 11, 2014

CHICAGO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – With global angst going up
several degrees, there are myriad reasons to feel nervous about
stocks. But that shouldn’t compel you into timing the market -
focus on your prosperity and happiness instead.

Healthcare: A remedy for long-term investors

August 4, 2014

CHICAGO, Aug 4 (Reuters) – For healthcare, gray is the new
black.

The fastest-growing segment of the global population is aged
60 and over, according to the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs. That slice of humanity is expected
to increase by 45 percent by 2050.

These hot sectors may stay warm in the second half of 2014

July 28, 2014

CHICAGO, July 28 (Reuters) – With a relatively robust first
half for the U.S. stock market in the rear-view mirror, can you
expect hot sectors to continue their climb for the rest of this
year?

Will you get burned by following the hot money in ETFs?

July 21, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – All too often, I see investors heading in the wrong direction en masse. They buy stocks at the top of the market or bonds when interest rates are heading up.

U.S. transportation stocks for the long haul

July 7, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – As North Americans hit the highways, airports and rails for vacations this summer, it’s not hard to believe that some of the most robust stocks are in the transportation industry – particularly in an improving economy. Transportation stocks have proven to be long-haul winners and essential cogs in any growth portfolio.

Finding a soft landing when bond prices fall

June 30, 2014

CHICAGO, June 30 (Reuters) – Contemplating the end of a
30-year bull run in bond prices is a bit like waiting to go to
the dentist for some long-needed procedure. You know it needs to
happen, but you procrastinate.

Energy scare good for oil stocks in the short term

June 23, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Despite the incendiary conflict in Iraq that last week sent the benchmark price of Brent crude oil to more than $115 a barrel, a nine-month high, U.S. stock markets largely shrugged off the oil threat, hitting record closing highs last week.

The score on Brazil as a long-term investment

June 16, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The beginning rounds of the World Cup have offered thrills to global soccer fans. But what should excite investors about Brazil?

Finding wiser choices in smart beta funds

June 9, 2014

CHICAGO, June 9 (Reuters) – Ever since the dot-com crash
more than a decade ago, Wall Street and the mutual fund industry
have been on a relentless push to plug “smart” beta funds, also
known as “alternative” or “strategic beta” products. The funds
promise reasonable returns with lower risk by focusing on older,
steadier companies with consistent dividends.

What’s the best basket for global stocks?

June 2, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A stimulative monetary program in Europe and the U.S., combined with continued growth in Asia, are proving to be a potent trio for global investors.