"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" topped the box office again last weekend, while Amazon is teaming up with HBO to make its hit shows available to its prime members starting in late May.
The market may be on a roll, yet major risks abound, says Salient Partners' Ben Hunt, most notably the change in Chinese monetary policy which could soon pressure the entire global economy.
Retirement plans must include stocks, especially when interest rates remain low, nevertheless, 401ks and IRAs are not for market-timing or day-trading, says author Ric Edelman.
Chinese stocks may be struggling over worries about the country's slowing economy, but there are still gains to be had in the right small and mid-cap stocks, especially in the e-commerce arena.
Closed-end fund investors should consider buying the Blackrock MuniHoldings Quality Fund (MUE) because of its more than 6% dividend yield and double digit discount.
Despite the recent setback, Omnicom will eventually close its merger deal with Publicis sending the stock higher, says Eric Schoenstein, portfolio manager for the Jensen Quality Growth Fund.
The incumbent ratings agencies which missed the credit crisis are back to "box-checking" and are not offering the necessary analysis to sufficiently grade securities.
After 5 years of strong market performance following the financial crisis, investors need to protect against "tail risk", says Will Lloyd, Managing Director at VelocityShares.
Approximately one-quarter or your retirement expenses will be spent on healthcare so individuals need to save and invest accordingly, says Douglas Wolford, President of Convergent Wealth Advisors. Wolford says one idea is to start shopping early for a concierge doctor or an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). He also suggests procuring long term care insurance well before you need it. Finally, Wolford advocates keeping up with changes in health laws and practicing preventive medicine.
First quarter earnings results have more than met expectations thus far and certainly justify last year's multiple expansion, says Patrick Chovanec, Chief Strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management.