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.