Investments

  • Are you Over Invested in Your Company’s Retirement Plan? Are you Over Invested in Your Company’s Retirement Plan?

    Be careful not to put too many eggs in your 401(k) basket

    by Brian M. Rys, AIF®, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

    Financial advisors tell their clients to save as often and as much as possible for their future retirement needs. Taking charge of your finances early allows you to make thoughtful decisions about your future and your long-term security. read more
  • Strong Stocks & A Falling Dollar Strong Stocks & A Falling Dollar

    Robust corporate earnings show no signs of slowing, as most beat earnings estimates

    Analysts noted that stocks were particularly “strong” last week due to generally robust Q2 corporate earnings reports... which should remain solid through the quarter. read more
  • What Matters Most to Clients? What Matters Most to Clients?

    Experience is the key competitive advantage for RIAs and fee-based advisors to retain clients and drive growth

    Customer experience is a key competitive advantage that is essential for advisors to attract and retain satisfied clients, is fundamental for the growth and health of a profitable practice—and is expected to increase in importance. read more
  • Independent Advisor  Growth Focus On New-to-Firm Clients, Average Client Size Independent Advisor Growth Focus On New-to-Firm Clients, Average Client Size

    For RIAs, business success comes with 'growing intelligently '

    Independent financial advisor firms are attracting high-net-worth (HNW) investors and adding more new-to-firm client assets as they continue to report year-over-year growth, according to the 2017 RIA Benchmarking Study from Charles Schwab. read more
  • While Majority of Investors Are Bullish, Sentiment Slid from Q1 Peaks While Majority of Investors Are Bullish, Sentiment Slid from Q1 Peaks

    They still believe the market may have steam left, though bearishness has increased gradually for the past two quarters

    E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC) has announced results from the most recent wave of StreetWise, E*TRADE’s quarterly tracking study of experienced investors. Results indicate that while many believe the market still has room to run, bullish sentiment continued a gradual decline from Q1’17 highs: read more
  • Ten Years After Financial Crisis, Nearly One-in-Three Americans Still Feeling the Sting Ten Years After Financial Crisis, Nearly One-in-Three Americans Still Feeling the Sting

    Study: Women, African Americans and low-income segments most affected

    As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the housing market crash of 2007 and financial crisis known as the Great Recession, the COUNTRY Financial Security Index looked at Americans' views on their personal financial recovery. read more
  • What’s Driving Bitcoin? What’s Driving Bitcoin?

    Savvy, Publicly Traded Players Contributing to Cryptocurrency's Widespread Adoption

    Bitcoin is rapidly being adopted and accepted as a valid form of payment, with major retailers like Overstock.com, Microsoft and Subway[1] among several U.S. companies that now accept digital currency - or cryptocurrency - as a form of payment. read more
  • What’s Next for the Dollar, Stocks, Bonds & Gold? What’s Next for the Dollar, Stocks, Bonds & Gold?

    If printing money is quantitative easing (QE), then balance sheet reduction is quantitative tightening (QT)

    by Axel Merk

    The Fed’s “balance sheet reduction” may have profound implications for the dollar, gold, stocks and bonds. It is said forecasts are difficult, especially when they relate to the future. Investors might want to pay attention nonetheless, not so much because I believe I have a crystal ball, but because investing is about managing risk. read more
  • One-in-Four Americans Are “Barely Getting By” Financially One-in-Four Americans Are “Barely Getting By” Financially

    With an array of financial obstacles facing many Americans, setting simple and realistic financial goals is essential

    -A new study from Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) gauges consumer perspectives and emotions around personal finance, and progress — or lack thereof — toward financial goals. read more
  • U.S. Businesses Restructuring Operations to Reap Future Financial Success U.S. Businesses Restructuring Operations to Reap Future Financial Success

    Retail industry is utilizing only 30-40 percent of the value possible from data analytics

    Automation, cloud services and Big Data are rapidly transforming the business-critical function, allowing finance executives to feed in real-time updates to forward plan and steer the direction of a business. read more
  • FINRA Successfully Launches Reporting of Treasury Transactions FINRA Successfully Launches Reporting of Treasury Transactions

    Providing Regulators with Enhanced Insight into Treasury Market

    A new requirement for securities firms to report certain transactions in Treasury securities to FINRA was implemented successfully yesterday, providing regulators with a new tool to increase understanding and enhance surveillance of this bellwether market. read more
  • Many Firms Won’t Invest in Prime Money Funds Because of SEC Ruling Many Firms Won’t Invest in Prime Money Funds Because of SEC Ruling

    Safety of principal vital to finance pros

    Nearly a year after new money-market fund regulations by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission took effect in October 2016, 41 percent of organizations have no plans to consider investing in prime funds. read more
  • Eyes On Equities Eyes On Equities

    Retail investors were net buyers in June and overall for the first half of the year

    Retail investors were net buyers in June and overall for the first half of the year New research from TD Ameritrade’s Investor Movement Index, a behavior-based measurement of Main Street investor activity. Visit here. July 10, 2017 — OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The June 2017 Investor Movement Index® reached an all-time high of 6.58 as ... read more