Investments

  • The Over-Enforcement Of Compliance Officers The Over-Enforcement Of Compliance Officers

    How Much Is Too Much?

    by Timothy Bernstein, NewOak

    In the aftermath of the financial crisis, a common refrain that echoed throughout the national discourse was: “Why aren’t any people getting punished for this?” read more
  • How Do You Spell Correction? How Do You Spell Correction?

    If you don't love them, you really don't understand the financial markets

    by Steve Selengut

    During every correction, I encourage investors to avoid the destructive inertia that results from trying to determine: "How low can we go?" and/or "How long will this last?" read more
  • Predicting Stock Market Movements Predicting Stock Market Movements

    An unemotional walk down Wall Street

    by Steve Selengut

    I've been thinking about starting a stock market prediction business. Clearly, there is a huge demand for timely and accurate information of this type... read more
  • Insurance: Financial Technology’s Next Frontier Insurance: Financial Technology’s Next Frontier

    How financial services industry is managing disruption

    by Timothy Bernstein, NewOak

    Global investment in financial technology more than tripled over the past two years, from just over $4 billion in 2013 to about $12.2 billion last year. read more
  • A Correction is a Beautiful Thing A Correction is a Beautiful Thing

    Follow the self-directed money

    by Steve Selengut

    A correction is a beautiful thing, simply the flip side of a rally, big or small. Theoretically, even technically I'm told, corrections adjust equity prices to their actual value or "support levels". In reality, it's much easier than that. read more
  • A Weakening Outlook for Global Economy Amid Fears Over China A Weakening Outlook for Global Economy Amid Fears Over China

    Record Low Sentiment Towards Emerging Markets and Energy Sector

    Global investors have shifted their attention from Greece to China amid continued concern of a Chinese recession, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for August. Respondents are scaling back their expectations for economic growth. read more
  • The High Net Worth Ultra-Disconnect The High Net Worth Ultra-Disconnect

    Financial Expectations, Behaviors, and Realities Out of Sync for America's Ultra-Wealthy

    New data, released today by SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC) and Scorpio Partnership, reveal a lack of cohesion among the financial expectations, behaviors, and realities of America's ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals. read more
  • Fiduciary Rule Price Tag $3.9 Billion for Independent Financial Services Firms Fiduciary Rule Price Tag $3.9 Billion for Independent Financial Services Firms

    Initial Costs of Rule to be Nearly 20 Times DOL's Estimate

    Today, the Financial Services Institute (FSI) released its study, “Economic Consequences of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Proposed New Fiduciary Standard.” read more
  • Stocks Gain on Greek Deal & Data Stocks Gain on Greek Deal & Data

    But now Chinese currency instability looms...

    Weekly market view from LMK Wealth Management

    Despite significant volatility, stocks ended last week higher after a finalized Greek bailout deal and some upbeat domestic economic data. read more
  • Fixed Mortgage Rates Reverse Course, Move Higher Fixed Mortgage Rates Reverse Course, Move Higher

    While jobs & wages show promise, overseas turbulence boils up

    Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates reversing course and nudging higher for the first time in four weeks. read more
  • Small & Mid-Caps Get Defensive Small & Mid-Caps Get Defensive

    US Small & Mid-Cap Stock Style Measures Diverge From Mega Caps YTD

    While US growth and dynamic-oriented stocks have led their value and defensive-oriented counterparts in the US mega cap space, as reflected by the Russell Top 200® Index, year-to-date as of August 7th, US mid- and small-cap stocks tell a slightly different story. read more
  • Is the Small Cap Stock Premium Disappearing? Is the Small Cap Stock Premium Disappearing?

    Not all small caps are created equal

    by Gregg S. Fisher

    Small cap stocks are in a bit of a slump. For example, from January 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015, the Russell 2000 Index of small-company stocks returned just 8.6%, less than half of the 17.4% return of the Russell 1000 Index of large companies. read more
  • Rethinking Our Pre-Crash Approach to Income Allocation Rethinking Our Pre-Crash Approach to Income Allocation

    Market value builds egos, but income pays the bills

    by Steve Selengut

    Crash! The 2007 thru 2008 financial crisis halved all-time high 401k, IRA, and Mutual Fund values in a matter of months. For many, retirement dates had to be pushed back; for others, new jobs had to be found. read more