Category Archives: Investments

Where is U.S. economy headed?

Elga explains why we could see lower growth and higher inflation ahead in the U.S. Hint: trade tensions. Signs of easing U.S.-China tensions have helped calm recessionary fears that gripped markets in recent weeks. We see little risk of an imminent recession, as ongoing policy support, the absence of obvious financial system vulnerabilities and resilient consumer spending helping extend the U.S. economic expansion. Yet a comprehensive U.S.-China trade deal is unlikely in the near term, and trade […]

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Vanguard vs. Ally Invest vs. TD Ameritrade 2019 Comparison

When looking for a brokerage to house your money, you’ve likely come across big names: Vanguard, TD Ameritrade and Ally Invest. Each of these three brokerages offers unique and useful benefits that may appeal to different investing and trader goals and needs. Before choosing a brokerage, it’s important to understand what to look for when it comes to pricing, investment choices and trading tools, as well as keeping in mind how you plan to use your account. […]

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Why growth remains valuable | BlackRock Blog

Russ describes the reasons why growth stocks can still outperform value. People will always prize what is scarce. Given an increasingly erratic trade dispute, low to negative interest rates and softening economic growth, investors are justifiably putting a premium on hedges, yield and earnings growth. The latter dynamic helps explains why, despite a relatively high premium, growth stocks continue to beat value. To the extent economic growth is unlikely to quickly rebound, this trend is likely to […]

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How To Invest in Cryptocurrencies: 2019 Beginners Guide

Bitcoin was first released on January 9, 2009. For the first few years, it was largely ignored as nothing more than an interesting phenomenon. Technicians and futurists could see the future potential of cryptocurrency in general, but it wasn’t drawing much interest as an investment. But as the years have passed and hundreds more cryptocurrencies have come and gone, Bitcoin has emerged as the standard-bearer of the currency. This point hasn’t been missed by investors and speculators. […]

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Portion control isn’t just for meal time

Building a financial fitness plan has a lot in common with how we manage our diets. Martin explains. Late last summer, I returned to New York after two weeks at the Delaware Shore. Oddly, I felt horrible. I was at the highest weight of my life, with sluggish energy and general malaise. In fairness, for years, I pushed health and fitness behind work, believing that one had to come at the expense of the other. I needed […]

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Fed wrestles with uncertainty in rate decision

I’ve tried to instill in my children that uncertainty is a fact of life that should be embraced. Take the road less traveled. Push yourselves to learn new things, make new friends, and visit new places. It makes life more interesting. But in policy-making, persistent uncertainty is not as welcome as a new dinner guest or a long weekend in a new city. Much has been made in recent weeks about the correlation between inverted yield curves […]

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Fidelity vs. Robinhood vs. Vanguard 2019 Comparison

Selecting the right brokerage is a personal choice. While some traders prefer having help every step of the way, others like to totally DIY it. Some investors want a range of mutual funds and ETFs (preferably with low fees or even free). Others are anxious to dip their toes into the cryptocurrency pool. Fidelity, Robinhood and Vanguard are three strong contenders in the online stock broker arena. Let’s find out how they compare and contrast to see […]

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The monetary policy endgame | BlackRock Blog

Rick Rieder highlights the economic policy state-of-play today, and where it may lead to should economic growth falter, productivity not materialize, and populism continue to thrive. The major global central banks continue to draw bigger guns in their battle against deflation, yet in some places, it appears to be of no avail. The fact is that the share of sovereign yields that are in negative territory keeps increasing and the average level of these interest rates becomes […]

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Why I love mutual funds

In 1950, 4.2% of the U.S. population participated in the stock market, almost exclusively through directly held stocks. The median investor held 2 stocks. Almost half held 1. Even wealthy investors failed to diversify. Mutual funds played almost no role in household portfolios.¹ This investment nightmare persisted for decades. Until the mid-1980s, only Jack Bogle, Walter Morgan, and some 4 million other households participated in the economic fortunes of U.S. corporations through mutual funds.² Since then, mutual […]

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Fundrise vs. Realty Mogul vs. Crowdstreet 2019 Comparison

Real estate crowdfunding platforms have been springing up all over the internet. Not only are they a convenient way to invest in real estate, but these services also give you the option to invest in highly specialized properties. For example, you can choose to invest in funds or real estate investment trusts (REITs) that act as mutual funds for real estate. These can hold multiple properties in a single fund or trust. With many of these platforms, […]

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