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Designing the right investment plan

While no single investment strategy is guaranteed to result in success, individuals can follow some simple steps to help achieve their goals. The first step in any investment plan is to pick out objectives. A recent college graduate may be saving for retirement, while a person further along in their career may want to put […]

Strong consumer confidence sends U.S. stocks higher

U.S. stocks climbed higher following Standard & Poor’s largest gain in a month as consumer confidence surpassed analysts’ expectations, increasing by the most since 2003, Bloomberg reports. Exxon Mobil Corp. climbed 1.4 percent on an oil rally while Yahoo! spiked 2.3 percent after Thomas H. Lee Partners showed interest in a bid. Hewlett-Packard Co. also […]

Target-date funds 101

Target date funds offer many benefits to potential investors, but there are caveats that should be observed when picking the appropriate fund to use. Target-date funds allocate assets based on the date by which investors want to be able to actually spend their money. Bankrate.com reports that one benefit of these funds is that they […]

Energy ETFs offer investors exposure to energy sector

Energy exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can be useful to investors as they offer both diversification and exposure to the energy sector. There are currently less than 20 funds that provide exposure to the energy sector, according to The Street. Although these securities can provide some diversification by investing in energy stocks, the sector is not without […]

Five new ETFs will be offered by fund provider Direxion

Fund provider Direxion announced recently that it will soon offer five new exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with two of them becoming available in December and the others becoming available in January. Direxion All Cap Insider Sentiment Shares ETF and Direxion Large Cap Insider Sentiment Shares ETF, which are both based around stocks chosen from different Standard […]

Groupon Slumps, Endangering Upcoming IPOs

After a successful initial public offering by Groupon, technology companies like Angie’s List and Yelp have piled into a perceived window for them to go public. That window appears to have solidly closed, according to The New York Times, as Groupon suffers from the slump characteristic of most other offerings from earlier this year. When […]

Brazilian bond funds receiving significant influx of funds

Brazilian bond funds are receiving a larger influx of capital now than at any time since 2007. This net inflow is lowering yields, and market experts have predicted that this change will have an impact on stocks, according to Bloomberg. A total of 2.8 billion reais ($1.5 billion) flowed into fixed-income funds in October, the […]

BoA, Other Big Banks Being Reviewed for Antitrust Violations

Though banks went back on their proposal to impose fees for using debit cards, the incident is not over for several of the country’s biggest banks. The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. Department of Justice could begin looking into the possibility of antitrust violations among the banks involved. Several of the country’s largest […]

Banks Turning Elsewhere for Fees

As the surprising success of the consumer movement against fees charged by major banks begins to fade into memory, some have started questioning whether it was ultimately a success. The recent outcry that swept through customers of the nation's biggest banks was sparked largely by their decision to begin charging fees for using debit cards, […]

Almost all RIAs identify asset market volatility as one of top client concerns

A recent statement released by Invesco indicates that the majority of registered investment advisors (RIAs) believe that volatility in the market has made investors more risk averse in the past year. The market research study conducted by Invesco indicated that 59 percent of RIAs polled believe that market volatility has made clients more wary of […]