The banking sector still faces big challenges, but greater transparency will boost investor confidence and also encourage banks to manage risk better internally.
Money is flowing into stock funds this year. Skeptics abound but others believe that the Fed’s determination to rekindle an appetite for risk will produce a shift from bonds into stocks over the next few years and drive prices higher.
A slow-growing economy with little inflation can actually be the best environment for blue-chip stocks.
As the pragmatic conservative economist Herbert Stein once said, “If something cannot go on forever, it won’t.” I’ve been thinking about that saying a lot in relation to today’s bull market and the complacency with which investors seem to view it.
The economy is likely to keep improving, but slow growth could develop into chronic stagnation.
One of the more entertaining spectacles in the financial world this past month has been the recent battle between hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and nutritional supplement company Herbalife. The multilevel marketing (MLM) firm came under serious pressure late last month when Ackman put a massive $1 billion short bet on the company, …
Australian money manager John Hempton has called the battle between investor Bill Ackman and nutritional-supplement company Herbalife “hedge-fund porn.”
There is indeed something vaguely obscene about the ongoing drama, …
A host of special interests, from filmmakers to rum distillers, got tax breaks in last week’s fiscal cliff deal.
Multiple debt markets are facing big trouble because of excessive borrowing and the Fed’s easy-money policies.
Over the years, Warren Buffett has gotten a lot of miles out of his folksy charm and ability to distill elaborate financial concepts into plain English. And recently, proponents of higher tax rates for the wealthy have gotten a …
The resolution of the Fiscal Cliff will probably no solve much, while little attention is paid to the real economic problems.