The markets have been reaching record highs lately, but Chief Portfolio Strategist Dr. Brian Jacobsen believes we should be looking at inflation-adjusted numbers instead. Learn more by watching last week's segment "The Record That 'Should Have' Come Earlier" from Bloomberg TV's "Lunch Money".
Here’s one way to get kids interested in economics: A Japanese pop group not only sings about the country’s economic policies, but the level of the Nikkei average dictates the lengths of their costumes. (The Japan Times)
One of my least favorite weekend errands is running to the grocery store. (This also turns into a valuable perk of Mother’s Day weekend—the one day a year when someone else does it for me.) So to find out that it’s greener to have my groceries delivered straight to me, well…what am I waiting for? Where’s the phone? (The Washington Post Wonkblog)
Earlier this week, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require online retailers to collect sales tax. Herb Weisbaum from Today created an FAQ about the bill’s effect on business small and large. (Today)
“I find the meat department of our grocery store so confusing and intimidating,” said no one ever. But thanks to the pork and beef industries renaming over 350 meat cuts, you may actually hear that this summer. (Or something less flattering when I can’t find the dumb pork chops.) (NBC News)
David Sylvester, head of money markets at Wells Capital Management, and team have released their latest overview, strategy, and outlook for money markets, including commentary on the events that unfolded in Cyprus over the past month.
Commitments to maintaining supportive and stabilizing eurozone policies by the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Union (EU), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), collectively known as the Troika, were put to the test this month as Cyprus received a bailout to support its ailing economy and banking system. The bailout request, made last June but not finalized until now, was a consequence of 2012's Greek debt restructuring, which hit Cyprus hard due, in part, to sizable Cypriot investments in Greece and Greek sovereign debt.
Jim Lauder, co-manager of the Wells Fargo Advantage Dow Jones Target Date FundsSM, recently sat down with Reuters TV reporter Rhonda Schaffler to chat about how he and his team work to get 401(k) plan participants to retirement with the largest nest eggs of their lives. Key to their approach, he said, is the fund suite’s conservative glidepath near the retirement date. He also spoke about investor behavior and what drives investors—greed and fear—and how the team’s risk-based optimization process removes that emotion from investing for retirement.
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Traders were cautious today as they faced signs of a slowing economy and the potential for a lackluster earnings season. Stocks traded lower for most of the session but turned positive at the close as investors used the markets’ recent pullback as a buying opportunity.
The Dow gained 48 points, led by Bank of America, which was up 2%. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) fell 1% after it was downgraded by JPMorgan. Nineteen of the 30 Dow components gained ground. The S&P 500 edged up 9, and the Nasdaq rose 18. Advancers outpaced decliners by two to one on the NYSE and three to two on the Nasdaq. The prices of Treasuries weakened. Gold futures fell $3.40 to close at $1,572.50 an ounce, and the price of crude oil gained 66 cents to settle at $93.36 a barrel.
The stock market reached record highs in March, and as Chief Equity Strategist John Manley so aptly put it, the market looked like "the Energizer Bunny: It just couldn't (or wouldn't) be stopped." In April's Market Roundup, John and our other capital markets strategists, Dr. Brian Jacobsen and James Kochan, provide their insights into what's been driving the markets and how you may want to adjust your portfolio based on economic and market events.
Consensus in the market going into March seemed to be that a stock market pullback was inevitable. But even a botched and confusing bailout of Cypriot banks by the eurozone leaders couldn't trigger the inevitable. The market just took it in stride and kept going higher. We'd urge caution, though. Just because the market didn't react negatively doesn't mean the coast is clear. The Cyprus bailout will likely have a long tail, meaning that its full effects may be felt over time, as public support of more bailouts and more austerity in Europe dwindles. With U.S. central bank support, bond investors could see yields stay low, while U.S. equity markets could stay supported.
Portfolio manager Margie Patel appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell last week to discuss what was driving the markets to record highs. During the clip, she also discusses the future direction of interest rates and how the Federal Reserve might start reining in its bond-buying program.
“Showrooming”, or browsing in a physical store before buying items online, is one of retailers’ biggest challenges today. Some stores, like Target and Best Buy, improved their price match policies. Others are charging you a fee just to look.
A few weeks ago, the hosts of the U.S. version of Top Gear were tasked with creating taxis that were more functional than what we have today. One of taxis was an “Ambutaxi”. “Ha! An ambulance/taxi—that’s ridiculous!” I thought. Until I found out that it’s a real thing in Russia.
Positive news from the U.S. services sector and ongoing monetary support from the Federal Reserve were enough to push the Dow above its previous high set in October 2007.
The Dow gained 125 points and set a new closing record of 14,253.77, up 8% so far in 2013 and up 117% since its March 2009 lows. Twenty-seven of the Dow’s components rose, and 10 of its components reached 52-week highs. Home Depot (HD) and IBM (IBM) have been the biggest gainers in the Dow since 2007, and Alcoa (AA) and Bank of America (BAC) have seen the biggest losses.
Not to be outdone, the S&P 500 gained 14 points, just 2% shy of its own record high. The Nasdaq rose 42 points to levels not seen since November 2000. Tech stocks helped drive today’s rally, led by Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), which announced that it was increasing its cash dividend by 40%, sending its shares 2% higher. Advancers outpaced decliners by three to one on the NYSE and five to two on the Nasdaq. The prices of Treasuries weakened. Gold gained $2.50 to close at $1,574.90 an ounce, and crude oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange added $0.70 to settle at $90.82 a barrel.
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