Category Archives: Investments

Liquidity trumps uncertainty | BlackRock Blog

Russ explains why monetary easing matters more than geopolitical risks for the markets right now. Absent a year-end meltdown, stocks will have enjoyed a stellar year. That stocks would post +20% gains was not obvious back in January, when investors were preparing for some combination of a recession and trade war. What saved stocks? It has not been stellar economic growth or a surge in corporate earnings. While the recent easing in trade tensions has helped, what […]

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Real Estate and the AMT: Rental Or Investment Property

The Option Bare minimum Tax is a really significant thought for taxpayers who very own authentic estate since just about every tax rule making use of to serious estate is different for the AMT than it is for the Regular Tax. This short article on Genuine Estate and the AMT will deal with those people cases where the person holds the genuine estate as an financial investment, normally as rental house. The dissimilarities in tax therapy involving […]

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Where do growth stocks go when the economy slows?

Growth stocks have outpaced the broad market for several years running. Can they continue their winning ways in an economic slowdown? Martin Small poses this question and more to veteran growth investor Lawrence Kemp. Growth stocks have outperformed their value peers and the broad market in 2019, and have been on a strong run for the better part of the post-crisis period. Is the eventual slowing of economic momentum a death knell for growth stocks, or can […]

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The 3 benefits of charitable giving

Many of us give back to make the world a better place for the next generation. Some people volunteer time and talent. And some are fortunate enough to give through wealth. Using wealth for good has become a core aspect of the U.S. value system. I’ve seen charitable giving grow steadily over the past several decades. Studies show that since the 1950s, even after adjusting for inflation, charitable giving has grown by 6.5 times.1 I believe when […]

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The restoration of monetary policy equilibrium

Rick Rieder, Russ Brownback and Trevor Slaven contend that much of the recent criticism brought to bear against Fed policy makers is misguided, and in fact the central bank has done an admirable job of pivoting toward a pragmatic equilibrium in recent months. We have talked in the past about how global digital distribution capabilities are re-shaping the rules of economics, where supply can expand nearly instantaneously to fill a void. Nowhere is supply in over-abundance today […]

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Is the EM debt rally for real?

EM debt has rallied amid a perceived easing of trade tensions. Scott explains the investing implications. One beneficiary of a perceived easing in the U.S.-China trade conflict: EM debt, which has rallied recently and outperformed developed market peers. We see factors further supporting EM debt from here: a likely Federal Reserve rate cut this week and the potential for a stable U.S. dollar; an EM growth rebound; and a temporary U.S.-China trade truce. We favor selected EM […]

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Why Are They Going Commission-free?

Call it the “Great Broker War of 2019“… the “Robinhood Effect”… or the “Race to Zero.” No matter how you slice it, one of the biggest fintech stories of the year is that online brokers are going commission-free. Why is this happening? Should you switch your accounts? And what online brokers are now commission-free? We’ll dive in and answer your most pressing questions about this pricing shakeup. Why Are the Online Brokers Going Commission-free? The Great Broker […]

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Can stocks still grind higher? And 2 more questions for Q4

It’s been a largely solid run for U.S. stocks in 2019. With the year now in its final quarter, Tony DeSpirito addresses three questions on investors’ minds. For the most part, it’s been a good year for U.S. equities. We’ve so far seen only two down months in 2019―May and August. Both of these happened to coincide with escalating U.S.-China trade tensions. The ebbs and flows on this front are likely to remain a market-moving force and […]

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With ETFs, slow and steady wins the race

I was driving to work the other day when a beautiful black sports car zipped by at about 80 mph (in a 55 mph zone). A few miles down the road, I stopped at a traffic light, glanced over, and saw that same car pulling up right next to me. All that speeding and there we were, waiting at the same red light. My conclusion? You can take it slow and steady or try to speed past […]

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How to Invest in Cannabis in 2019

Marijuana stocks are currently among the hottest trends in investing. If you’re interested in investing in cannabis, you probably have lots of questions about getting started. So let’s dive in before all the profits go up in smoke. To quote Bob Dylan, the man who introduced The Beatles to pot, “The times they are a-changin’.” Public support for the legalization of marijuana has never been higher: 62%, according to the Pew Research Center. And although “weed” remains […]

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