equities

Goldman Sachs Plans Another Round of Job Cuts

Goldman Sachs will begin a fresh round of job cuts as early as this week, sources said Monday. The bank usually culls the weakest 5 percent of its employees around this time of year, but the cuts will likely be deeper in some businesses, particularly equities-trading.

One Year From Retirement? Prepare to Make the Break

With one year left until retirement, you're in the final stretch. It's time to prepare for the transition, so give your budget a stress test, reallocate your assets and income sources, and take action on health insurance. Here are six helpful guidelines:

'Dark Pools': Are Hidden Trades Undermining the Stock Market?

When the market closing bell rings, you may believe trading activity ends for the day. But behind the scenes, stock trading continues in "dark pools": secondary stock markets that operate out of sight of the average investor and beyond the reach of regulators.

Investing Error: Don't Use Stocks as an Inflation Hedge

You%u2019ve heard it so often you can probably repeat it in your sleep: Equities are the best protection against inflation. But academic research establishes clearly that it just isn't so: Stocks aren't a good hedge against inflation at all, particularly high inflation.

Are Annuities the Right Choice for Your Retirement?

With memories of the stock market's 2008 tumble still fresh in investors minds, many are scared of stock and are seeking "guarantees" instead of chasing returns. Because of this, for many, annuities have never looked more tempting. But is an annuity a good choice for you?

It's Not Too Late to Buy Into the Bullish Stock Market

The S&P 500 has nearly doubled from its post-crash lows, and small investors are finally getting off the sidelines again. Normally, that would be a danger sign for a correction, but right now, all signs point to the upward stock market trend continuing in 2011. Here's why:

Investors Are Keeping Their Eyes on the Wrong Ball

There's a frenzy of stock buying going on now, because no one wants to be left out of the stock market recovery. But all those who are betting on short-term gains are engaged in what I call "wrong ball investing." Here's how to keep your eye on the right ball.

Gold, Stocks and the Dollar: The Rise and Fall of a Correlation

For the past two years, the relationship between the dollar, stocks and gold was strong. When the dollar dropped, stocks and gold rose, and vice versa, nearly all the time. But since New Year's Day, that link has completely vanished, which is terrible news for the gold bugs.

Striking a Balance Between Stocks' Profits and Bonds' Safety

After getting hammered when stocks dove a few years ago, many investors scrambled for the safety of bonds. But now that stock markets have rallied, cautious investors are looking for ways to get some profits from equities while keeping conservative portfolios. A new variable annuity product from Western & Southern Financial Group may be just what they're looking for.

Dividend Payments Jumped by $26.5 Billion in 2010

U.S. companies added $26.5 billion to dividend payments in 2010 -- a far cry from 2009's $42.4 billion decline -- and analysts predict an even better year for dividends in 2011, a windfall to investors that could lift equity markets higher.

ING Forecasts Market Growth of 8% to 12% in 2011

ING Investment Management forecasts that stock markets will rise between 8% and 12% in 2011, thanks to a low-inflation, low-interest environment supported by the Fed, despite weak GDP growth. And for those looking for to increase their investment yields, they have a few suggestions.

What's Reviving Investors' Hunger for Stocks

Far-sighted investors are starting to see that the broader economic picture: a robust global rebound in manufacturing and impressive corporate earnings. These strong fundamentals are finally overcoming risk aversion -- and could set the stage for an equity rally.

Retail Investors Are Finally Warming Up to Stocks

Solid quarterly earnings and anticipation of more stimulus from the Fed have helped lift the Dow by 400 points over the past two weeks. However, another boost is coming from individuals who've begun moving money from bonds to equities.

If the Dollar Stabilizes, Stocks Could Be Done

The U.S. dollar and U.S. stocks have a see-saw relationship: When one is up, the other is down. If the dollar is now bottoming out and ending its long decline, that could spell bad news for equities going forward.

The Rally's Biggest Test Comes This Week

Whether this rally can last or is merely the latest upswing in a months-long pattern of sideways trading depends on the economic news, particularly about unemployment. Consumer confidence, personal consumption and GDP are three other big items on this week's calendar.

Hedge Your Risk With Mixed-Asset Mutual Funds

With stocks underperforming so far in 2010, and Treasury bond yields low, too, Standard & Poor's Equity Research suggests investing in mixed-asset mutual funds, which hold a combination of stocks and bonds to capture the strengths of both asset classes with less volatility.

Europe's Debt Crisis: Here We Go Again?

Europe's shakiest economies managed to ride out a sovereign debt crisis this spring with a lot of help from their more stable neighbors and the major central banks. But with global recovery faltering, the data coming out of Europe suggests we may soon see a replay of the debt default crisis.

August Could Be a Slack Month for Stocks

Stocks were surprisingly resilient after the lousy July jobs report was released on Friday. Now, with the report behind us and earnings season just about over, what will drive the market in the week ahead?

Fund Managers Shift From European to U.S. Equities

A recent survey says a number of fund managers are moving their money out of European equities and into U.S equities to limit exposure to the continuing sovereign debt crisis. This could fuel a rally in US stocks.

How Boosting Exports Could Fuel Equities

The Great Recession was marked by a dearth of credit, but it never lacked for buzzwords. Now comes the "new mix," which argues that international trade -- especially with developing markets -- will replace consumer spending as the basis for growth. It's a case worth considering.

One Year Later, What's Next for Stocks?

Of course, after having been in free-fall for nearly a year-and-a-half, no one knew for certain last March that the bottom was blessedly here. Yet now, the outlook for stocks is in some way even more uncertain. And a little cautious pessimism may be in order.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Sell-Off

As improbable as it seemed before the opening bell, the major averages didn't crater Friday, as some more solid corporate earnings and a dovish reading on inflation helped offset a surprise policy change by the Federal Reserve.

Fund Managers Understate Portfolio Churn

Some equity fund managers are talking the talk, but not walking the walk -- by churning their portfolios more than they say. A new study finds that some active equity fund managers have higher portfolio turnover rates than they themselves claim. Several factors cause short-termitis.

A Broker's Nightmare? An Educated Investor

Want to invest wisely? Understand your goals and determine whether increasing your risk through more aggressive exposure is worth the upside. Advisers will focus on other things like market predictions and stock picking. Why? Because an educated investor wouldn't need them if they concentrated on what matters.

The 2010s Have to Be Better for Stocks

A look back at the last decade shows that not even the Great Depression was so unkind to stocks. That's right: the 2000s are going down as The Worst Decade Ever when it comes to U.S. equity performance. Will the next decade be any better? Hey, it can't hurt to ask.