Investments

  • US Fed Rate Hikes, Ukraine Invasion And Lingering COVID-19 Inject Volatility Into Bonds
    US Fed Rate Hikes, Ukraine Invasion And Lingering COVID-19 Inject Volatility Into Bonds

    Without a crystal ball to see what the Federal Reserve has in store in its inflation fight, the bond market is seeing volatility rise

    On one hand, the good news: After a decade, the U.S. economy may be reverting to seemingly more understandable patterns. The Federal Reserve is starting to hike interest rates and tighten its balance sheet in efforts to curb inflation.
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  • The Rise Of Values Investing
    The Rise Of Values Investing

    Americans prioritize putting others first, including the environment and sustainability and family and friends

    Almost three-quarters of Americans (73%) say their personal values guide how they make life decisions more today than they did two years ago, and nearly an equal number (69%) say that supporting causes they care most about are a top consideration when it comes to their financial decisions, according to Schwab’s sixth annual Modern Wealth…
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  • Cryptocurrency Investing
    Cryptocurrency Investing

    Powerful diversifier or portfolio kryptonite?

    The latest crypto collapse — in large part driven by poor design of a so-called “stablecoin” — highlights just one of the many reasons why cryptocurrency is a poor choice for long-term investors, according to PGIM, the $1.4 trillion global investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU).
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  • Life Insurance Leading Voluntary Market Resurgence
    Life Insurance Leading Voluntary Market Resurgence

    Carriers report significant sales growth for most voluntary products in 2021

    Voluntary life insurance sales jumped 25% in 2021 to lead the voluntary industry's strong rebound last year, according to Eastbridge's annual U.S. Voluntary/Worksite Sales Report. A 58% increase in universal life and whole life sales led the product line. Term life sales grew 15% and continue to represent the highest share of the voluntary market…
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  • Is Stagflation Risk Real?
    Is Stagflation Risk Real?

    Hawks and doves alike are asking if the Fed is behind the curve

    by Axel Merk

    A few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Hoover Monetary Conference – I would call it a Powwow of central bankers, if there had not been an actual Powwow a few steps outside the venue. While Hoover is known to reflect “hawkish” views, “hawks” and “doves” alike used the question of whether…
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  • Investing In Space
    Investing In Space

    Why the Space-as-a-Service business models are taking this emerging sector by storm

    The 'Space-as-a-service', 'Satellite-as-a-service' and 'Space Data as a Service' are the newest business models of Space Industry, according to a recent report from International Defense, Security & Technology Inc (IDST).
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  • Alternative Data Is Driving Extreme Market Research Disruption
    Alternative Data Is Driving Extreme Market Research Disruption

    How hedge funds and private equity are at strategic risk of being outmaneuvered

    by Merilee Kern

    Numerous indicators make clear that the next five years will usher in extreme transformation for a multitude of industries and sectors as well as the global economy at large. This begs the question: what is driving such significant and rapid change? This big question just might be answered in two words: alternative data.
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  • Four Out Of Five Small Business Owners View Employee Benefits As A Top Priority Due To Pandemic
    Four Out Of Five Small Business Owners View Employee Benefits As A Top Priority Due To Pandemic

    Small business owners are focusing on culture and morale, retaining and attracting talent, and employee wellbeing

    The last two years have had an impact on businesses of all sizes, and small businesses are no exception. For more than 80% of small business owners, employee benefits are a top strategic priority, as these benefits play a critical role in impacting culture and morale, employee wellbeing, and attracting and retaining top talent.
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  • Gold Prices Buckle Under Pressure From ‘King Dollar’, Higher Yields
    Gold Prices Buckle Under Pressure From ‘King Dollar’, Higher Yields

    U.S dollar near a two-decade peak as equities, commodities take a hit

    Gold prices fell more than 1% to their lowest in 3-1/2 months on Monday as elevated bond yields and a firmer U.S. dollar dampened bullion demand, even as riskier assets dropped after grim China economic data. A stronger dollar makes gold expensive for overseas buyers, while higher Treasury yields raise the opportunity cost of holding…
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  • Market Demand Increases For Financial Planning That Goes Beyond Just Money
    Market Demand Increases For Financial Planning That Goes Beyond Just Money

    Focusing on holistic financial planning and coaching clients on fulfilling their life goals and dreams

    Equitable, a leading financial services company and subsidiary of Equitable Holdings (NYSE: EQH), has launched a unique partnership and program curriculum with Columbia University. The program invites financial professionals to study specific curriculum focused on holistic financial planning and coaching clients on fulfilling their life goals and dreams.
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