Watching the weather on Wall Street

March 24, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – With the warming of spring, there’s a natural tendency to think that stocks might warm up as well, despite less-than-sunny outlooks on interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

After the Fed: What investors should do now

March 20, 2014

CHICAGO, March 20 (Reuters) – For active income investors,
the next year or so will be a trying time of tough love. While
yields are rising, which depresses prices of most
income-oriented securities, this presents other opportunities.

Drop the S&P index fund for asset-class investing

March 17, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – You can get most of what you want for your investments from off-the-shelf index funds, but you may have to dig deeper to make your portfolio more productive.

How you can build on Warren Buffett’s investment advice

March 10, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While it is hard to knock the advice of Warren Buffett, whose annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders recently lofted down from the mountain of capitalism, some of his tips can be tweaked.

Finding nooks of growth in a sluggish Europe

March 3, 2014

CHICAGO, March 3 (Reuters) – While the euro zone presents
the unalluring face of sluggish growth, that doesn’t mean it
should be neglected. There are pockets of promise that are worth
exploring.

Betting against the buck easier said than done

February 24, 2014

CHICAGO, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar has been taking
it on the chin of late. Last week saw the dollar hit a
seven-week low against its rival currency, the euro. The
greenback also declined against a basket of major currencies,
hitting one of the lowest points of the year to date.

Boring might be better for fund investors in 2014

February 18, 2014

CHICAGO, Feb 18 (Reuters) – With U.S. stocks doing a
stutter-step after a five-year bull run, a shift into
low-volatility funds might give you a little more traction if
the market retrenches.

Column – How to deal with emerging markets volatility

February 10, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Since the beginning of the year, emerging markets have been like cats on a hot tin roof.

How to deal with emerging markets volatility

February 10, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Since the beginning of the year, emerging markets have been like cats on a hot tin roof.

For investors, a ‘lazy portfolio’ may be a tonic for uncertain 2014

February 3, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – For investors concerned about increasing market volatility, a defensive position might be a savvy move if stocks continue to retreat from 2013 highs.