bill gross

6 Key Money Lessons of 2011: What We've Learned

At this time last year, maybe you thought the economy would be a bit more gracious by now. No such luck. But as we reflect on the year that was, here are six financial lessons that 2011 taught us all.

How to Profit from the Top Potential Crises of 2012

From my point of view, we are about to be in heaps of trouble economically, so for 2012, I'm looking to exploit other people's woes like the good capitalist I am. Here are three bets I might pull the trigger on:

US Debt: Money Managers' Least Favorite Investment

Ask the people who invest billions for a living to name their favorite picks for 2012 and you'll get a smorgasbord worthy of a holiday party: Brazilian stocks, U.S. junk bonds, and government debt from Colombia. Ask them what they dislike and they'll name one of the top-performing investments this year: U.S. government bonds.

A Stock Market Breakout Is Likely -- but in Which Direction?

The technical signals suggest we're at a crucial decision point for the stock market: Either a decisive rise or a dramatic fall is coming. And if you're the type to dismiss technical analysis as unscientific voodoo, you're missing the point: It's not about pattern matching, it's about human psychology.

As Sentiment Shifts, Pension Funds Could Turn to Stocks

Now, even over-the-top bears like bond giant Pimco are doing a bullish about-face, and that makes it tougher for fund managers to keep avoiding the stock market. If they start returning to a historical stock allocation, that could further boost equity prices.

Pimco: The Tax Deal Will Boost Economic Growth

If the tax deal reached between congressional Republicans and President Obama is ratified, it most certainly will add to the budget deficit, but according to Pimco, which manages the world's largest bond fund, the stimulative measure will contribute much to economic growth.

How the Bear Market Pundits Got It Wrong

The S&P 500 has rebounded 20% since its July 2010 low, which comes as bad news to perma-bears like Nouriel Roubini, Gary Shilling, and Bill Gross, all of whom predicted the opposite. This raises several questions about how stocks move, and why the pundits we hear say the things they do.

Is the 'New Normal' Slow Growth? Not Necessarily

Pessimists say growth simply won't be as vigorous as it was in the past. But a growing roster of high-profile money managers are taking aim at this theme, arguing that it is both wrong-headed and self-defeating.

Pimco's Bill Gross: The Days of 10% Returns Are Gone

Many investors have been wondering what combination of stocks and bonds will allow them to retire comfortably in this era of low interest rates. Bill Gross, who presides over the world's largest bond fund at Pimco investments, has some bad news for them: It isn't going to happen.

Fed said 'recession dead'?

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve signaled that it thought the worst of the recession has passed. The thing is, for job seekers, that is not even the...

Bill Gross passes on PPIP

Poor Bill Gross! Even after the New York Times devoted pages of its magazine to a puff piece about him and his upcoming role in the latest government...

Can the U.S. repay its debts?

Yesterday, S&P reported that Britain's AAA debt repayment rating was endangered -- lowering it from "stable" to "negative" -- because the U.K.'s...

Wanna buy some toxic waste?

Just when I think I have heard it all, they come up with something even more eye-poppingly incredible. Step right up, folks! First they sucked you...