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Optionality: Why We Use Derivatives to Manage Risk

In the first of a three-part series on getting returns in today’s bull market while protecting against the downside—running with the bulls without getting trampled, as we like to say—Global CIO Jeff Hussey explains why using put and call options may help.

How Washington Will Spend Your Taxes in 2018

Today we’re going to look at how Washington spends our tax dollars. Specifically, we’ll look at a new report which shows how the federal government spends the income tax paid by the average family – and how they spend even more than what’s collected to create massive budget deficits year after year after year.

Yes. It's a Bubble. So What?

With sky-high valuations in the US stock market, and what we believe is a tech bubble that has dangerous implications for other areas of the market, we suggest four actions investors can take now to avoid the inevitable bursting of the bubble, and which will likely benefit their portfolios’ long-term performance potential.

Home Price Surge Continues in February, Led by Western States

With today's release of the February S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, we learned that seasonally adjusted home prices for the benchmark 20-city index were up 0.83% month over month. The seasonally adjusted national index year-over-year change has hovered between 4.2% and 6.3% for the last two-plus years. Today's S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index (nominal) reached another new high.

World Markets Update

Three of eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains through Monday, April 23, 2018. The top performer this year is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 2.37%. In second is India's BSE SENSEX with a gain of 1.89%. In third is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 1.12%. Coming in last is Shanghai's SSE with a loss of 7.23%.

 

Artificial Intelligence: What Is It, and Why Are Companies Adopting It?

Technology companies are known for innovation, and it doesn’t take long for a revolutionary new technology to take hold and become a part of people’s daily lives. In my view, investors shouldn’t be threatened by technology. Rather, they should be skeptical of companies not utilizing technology to its fullest potential.

A Bit About Bob

Our CEO is Robert Huebscher, but we know and love him as “Bob.” We would like you to get to know him, so this section is dedicated to updates and facts about Bob! Today, we'd like to tell you about one of Bob's favorite hobbies.

Commodities Are Flashing a Once-in-a-Generation Buy Signal

The investment case for commodities, gold and energy is more compelling than at any other time in recent memory.

S&P 500 Snapshot: Up 0.5% WoW

The S&P 500 rose and fell this week, ending Friday up 0.5% from the same time last week. The index was down -0.85% from Thursday and is down 0.95% YTD.

Managing Volatility in Short‑term Markets: The Global Liquidity Ladder

In a storm, you want to be able to reach higher ground. Recent market volatility – sparked by concerns over interest rates, inflation, global trade, the tech sector and more – has many investors shifting toward more defensive portfolio positions.

New Lows YTD in Chinese Stocks & Highs in Latin America Stocks/Bonds

Last night the China Shanghai CSI 300 index fell a bit more than 1.6%, taking out February lows and setting a new YTD low for the index. This is important since the global equity markets have a very high correlation to Chinese stocks.

The Good Shepherd Investor

David was the King of Israel and the writer of many of the Psalms. He spent his formative years as a shepherd and framed his life’s work around the key concepts from his profession. Herds were the primary form of wealth back then, while common stocks are a primary form today.

The S&P 500 is Overvalued These 10 Dividend Growth Stocks Are Not: Part 3

This is the third of a five-part series presenting 50 dividend growth stocks that I have screened for current fair value. With this article I will be covering 10 additional dividend growth research candidates with moderate to higher yields in addition to the initial 20 that I presented...

How Did Factors Perform During a Roller Coaster First Quarter?

Equities experienced heightened volatility during the first quarter of 2018, with the S&P 500 Index surging 7.55% from Dec. 31 2017, through Jan. 26, 2018, before dropping nearly 8% through quarter-end.

Don’t Abandon International Diversification

To address questions about the benefits of international investing and diversification, we don’t have to look too far back in time.